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It Started in Naples (1960) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Melville Shavelson and produced by Jack Rose.

Academy Awards 1960 --- Ceremony Number 33 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hal Pereira, Roland Anderson; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Arrigo BreschiNominated
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Michael Hamilton: How are people supposed to sleep on this island?


Mario Vitale: A man can be a pig and a lawyer at the same time.


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Clark Gable became addicted to Italian food while making the film, and his weight ballooned to 230 lbs.
The film was shot in and around Naples and Sophia Loren had to sneak into the country to make the movie, because the Italian government was investigating her Mexican "marriage" to Carlo Ponti, who was still legally married to another woman.
At one point Sophia Loren accused director Melville Shavelson of filming her from her less attractive side in order to favor co-star Clark Gable. She added, "He doesn't have to worry about his career any more, but I have to worry about mine." Gable immediately exploded, "What the hell is she talking about? Both sides of my face are lousy and my backside isn't much better." Relations between the two stars did not improve after that.
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