Vittorio De Sica plays the middle-aged marshal of carabiniers in a remote Italian mountain village. He’s anxious to marry, and selects young Gina Lollobrigida as his bride; but she is already in love with De Sica’s shy subordinate Roberto Risso.
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It may lack the wit and the caustic ironies of Germi comedies, but as a harmless view into Italian morals this romantic love story makes the most of its conventional narrative and the one-dimensional characters. The reconciliation of authority with the simple folk via love can be debated but it is none the less a by and large enjoyable comedy with two Italian icons in good form. Good popular entertainment.