The Gold of Naples
|L'Oro di Napoli|
|Directed by||Vittorio De Sica|
|Produced by||Dino De Laurentiis|
|Written by||Giuseppe Marotta (novel)|
Vittorio De Sica
|Music by||Alessandro Cicognini|
|Edited by||Eraldo Da Roma|
|Distributed by||Ponti-De Laurentiis Cinematografica, Paramount Pictures, Distributors Corporation of America (US)|
|11 February 1957 (USA)|
|Box office||$72,000 (US rental)|
The film is a tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Neapolitan episodes: a clown exploited by a hoodlum; an unfaithful pizza seller (Loren) losing her wedding ring; the funeral of a child; the impoverished inveterate gambler Count Prospero B. being reduced to force his doorman's preteen kid to play cards with him (and losing regularly); the unexpected and unusual wedding of Teresa, a prostitute; the exploits of "professor" Ersilio Miccio, a "wisdom seller" who "solves problems".
Segment Pizze a credito
Paramount did not take up its option to release the film in the United States and it wasn't until February 1957 that the film was finally distributed there, being shown at the Paris Theater in New York for 18 weeks, earning the distributor, Distributors Corporation of America, $72,000.