Tuesday, May 30
8 p.m. It Started In Naples (1960) is my pick because of Sophia Loren and Vittorio De Sica. Oh, and Clark Gable is in it too.
Loren is a playful, voluptuous delight in It Started With Naples but Gable is clearly far too old for her, looking old enough to be her father.
This is ironic, since his previous film, But Not For Me, dealt in humourous terms with the idea of an age gap between Clark and a younger actress in love with him (Carroll Baker). Gable showed a maturity in this film (emotionally, that is) by acknowledging he was no longer a young stud. With It Started in Naples, however, it was back to the presentation of this aging leading man as "hot stuff" once again.
Ironically, too, Loren was THREE YEARS YOUNGER than Baker (for whom Gable's character finally admitted he was too old in the previous film).
Unfortunately, I don't see But Not For Me, an admittedly lightweight Paramount production, scheduled for broadcast in TCM's Gable tribute.