The Twentieth Duke

The Twentieth Duke (Italian: Il ventesimo duca) is a 1945 Italian comedy film directed by Lucio De Caro and starring Paola Veneroni, Roberto Villa and Paola Borboni.[1]

The Twentieth Duke
Directed byLucio De Caro
Produced byVittorio Vassarotti
Written byLucio De Caro
Ugo Falena (play)
Giovanni Quirici
Piero Tellini
Vittorio Vassarotti
Primo Zeglio
StarringPaola Veneroni
Roberto Villa
Paola Borboni
Music byNuccio Fiorda
CinematographyToni Frenguelli
Edited byMaria Rosada
Viva Film
Release date
15 July 1945
Running time
78 minutes

The film is based on a 1925 play by Ugo Falena which had previous been made into films on two occasions The Last Lord (1926) and The Woman Dressed As a Man (1932). The story tells of the only surviving relative of an old Duke, his granddaughter, who pretends to be a man in order to convince him that the line of succession is secure.

It was shot at the Cinecitta Studios in Rome. It was made in 1943, but its release was delayed for two years. It did not go on a full national release until early 1946.



  1. Chiti & Poppi p.403


  • Roberto Chiti & Roberto Poppi. I film: Tutti i film italiani dal 1930 al 1944. Gremese Editore, 2005.
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