Poverty and Nobility

Poverty and Nobility (Italian: Miseria e nobiltà) is a 1954 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Totò.[1]

Poverty and Nobility
(Miseria e nobiltà)
Film poster
Directed byMario Mattoli
Produced byDino De Laurentiis
Carlo Ponti
Written byRuggero Maccari
Mario Mattoli (dialogues)
Story byEduardo Scarpetta (play)
Enzo Turco
Sophia Loren
Carlo Croccolo
Music byPippo Barzizza
CinematographyKarl Struss
Luciano Trasatti
Edited byRenato Cinquini
Excelsa Film
Distributed byMinerva Film
Release date
  • 8 April 1954 (1954-04-08)
Running time
95 minutes


The story is taken from the Eduardo Scarpetta's play of the same name.

Naples, second half of 19th century: the poor Felice Sciosciamocca tries to work being a scribe for illiterate people, while his friend Don Pasquale tries to make photographs for rich couples. Meanwhile, in the house where the two live, their wives start to fight because the apartment is mortgaged, and the women don't have money to pay the rent. Luckily, rich Count Eugenio, in love with the beautiful dancer Gemma, asks Pasquale and Felice to stage a farce for him. In fact, the father of Gemma - an enriched cook - wants to meet Eugenio's family, but he knows that his real father does not approve of his love affair with the dancer. So Eugenio transforms Don Felice Sciosciamocca into his uncle (the Prince of Casador) and Don Pasquale has to play the true father of Eugenio (Ottavio Favetti). The young count entrusts a false part to each of the members of the two families, except for the second wife of Felice, Concetta. Count Eugenio cannot find a role for her, and Concetta gets very angry. While Felice and Pasquale are arguing in the beautiful villa of Don Gaetano, Concetta bursts into the home and tries to compromise the plan organized by Eugenio. Don Felice manages to fix the situation and in the end all is resolved.



  1. "Poverty and Nobility". MyMovies. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
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