The story deals with a married employee, played by Gino Cervi. He leads a stable, if somewhat boring, family life in a large unnamed city in the North of Italy. While travelling on a South bound train on company business, he sees a young woman about to be put off by the conductor.
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Amazing a movie this good could be made in Italy in wartime, but there you have it. The stock scenario of a pregnant young woman who begs a kind stranger to play her husband as she returns to visit her conservative parents is given a beautiful illustration here. No question of Hollywood ending in this film: we know from the opening scenes that the fellow's married - to a real shrew at that!