Poveri ma belli

Poveri ma belli (U.S. title: Poor, But Handsome; U.K. title: A Girl in Bikini) is a successful 1957 Italian comedy film directed by Dino Risi.

Poveri ma belli
Directed byDino Risi
Produced bySilvio Clementelli
Written byDino Risi
Pasquale Festa Campanile
Massimo Franciosa
StarringMarisa Allasio
Maurizio Arena
Renato Salvatori
Music byGiorgio Fabor
Piero Piccioni
CinematographyTonino Delli Colli
Release date
1957 (Italy)
10 June 1958 (U.S.)
Running time
101 min.

Italian dubbers:

There have been two sequels, also directed by Risi and starring Marisa Allasio, Maurizio Arena and Renato Salvatori: Belle ma povere in 1957 and Poveri milionari in 1959 (the latter not featuring Allasio, who by then had retired from acting).


Romolo (Maurizio Arena) and Salvatore (Renato Salvatori) are two young men that are neighbors and friends. They live with their parents in Piazza Navona in Rome. They are poor but handsome, and both fall in love with the beautiful Giovanna (Marisa Allasio).
After having briefly flirted in quick succession with both friends (a situation which severely strains their feelings of comradeship), Giovanna realizes she's still in love with Ugo, her previous boyfriend, and returns with him. Romolo and Salvatore, their friendship recovered, ultimately get simultaneously engaged with each other's sister.


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