Un giorno in pretura - "Don Michele, Anna et il biliardo"

by Steno


  Italy - January 13, 1954 - Un giorno in pretura - 97'
West Germany - February 10, 1956
- Drei Sünderinnen - 88'
France (Paris) - August 15, 1956 - Les gaîtés de la correctionnelle -
Belgium - 1956- Les gaîtés de la correctionnelle / De lustige rechtbanken -
Spain - 1956 - Juzgado a la italiana - 70' (attendance: 341,381)
USA (New York City, Embassy Theatre) - May 10, 1963 - A Day in Court - 70'

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During a day on the job, magistrate De Russo handles a series of cases and criminal offences. In a single day, six cases are submitted to him. One of them concerns a priest from the province of Brescia, don Michele, who has come to the city with the boys from a scooter club. He is accused of provoking a brawl and causing damage in a pool hall. In reality, things are not what they seem. In actual fact, a young woman named Anna has stolen 50,000 liras from him on the tram. After following the girl, who was using the money to try and get away from a man who was exploiting her, don Michele manages to recover the money by playing pool with the exploiter and winning the game. Hence the brawl, with the timely intervention of the members of the scooter club. Despite the young woman’s testimony, however, the priest is condemned to three months imprisonment, though with benefits of the law. (Enrico Lancia)
Story from an idea by Lucio Fulci.


Rome (Italy)
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rome (Italy)

Filming dates: 1953


Peppino De Filippo (magistrate Salomone De Russo)
Walter Chiari (don Michele Mezzocchi)
Sophia Loren (Anna, the thief)
Ubaldo Lay (Raoul)
Virgilio Riento (Virgilio Pampi)


Marco Scarpelli
Armando Trovajoli
Art Direction:
Piero Filippone
Carlo Ponti and Dino De Laurentiis for Excelsa (Rome)
Documento Films (Rome)  


The film is made up of five episodes: Il ladro di gatti (The Cat Robber); I coniugi Ponticelli (The Ponticelli Couple); Don Michele, Anna e il biliardo (Don Michele, Anna and the billiard); Nando Mericoni, l'americano (Nando Mericoni, the American); Gloriana (Gloriana).

Sophia only has fifth place in the cast and she feels almost humiliated.

The Catholic Cinema Center (Centro cinematografico cattolico) qualified the film as "not advisable" for making the justice and the Catholic associations look ridicule. In fact, two priests from Brescia felt so difamed by the story that they presented their case to an Italian court of justice.


She was very spontaneous, animated by a vital desire to make a good impression, and by an iron will. Instinct seemed to guide her every decision. It was clear that she did not follow any role models, and that she should make her mark without imitating any of her colleagues.
Steno, in Sophia Loren by Bernard Degioanni

Sophia Loren is advancing full speed ahead toward affirmation and popularity.
Marino Onorati, Film d'oggi, 19 jan 1954

The actors perform well: Walter Chiari with his mild, measured tone, the violent Sordi, and the attractive Silvana Pampanini, Tania Waber, Sophia Loren...
Leo Pestelli, La Nuova Stampa, 29 jan 1954

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