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Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA
dates: August 12 - September 1957
party to celebrate Sophia's
birthday on September 20
Marion Degler (German)
Jack Rose for
Shavelson had some difficulty in getting Loren's swarthy complexion lightened with makeup, saying at one point that she looked as if she were doing an "imitation of Al Jolson." She also affected a high-pitched voice, attempting to imitate Grant's sophisticated delivery, and again the director had to correct her.
coincidence, the final wedding scene in Houseboat is filmed the same
day Sophia and Carlo are married by proxy in Mexico.
Sophia sings the song
Bing Bang Bong.
As she is stepping out
of her limonsine on September 23, someone slams the door without
noticing Sophia's hand is in the car. X-Rays reveal that there are no
broken bones. Her hand
Sophia also has a
stand-in for some parts of the movie named Lydia Bilbrey.
Sophia is a great music
aficionado and spends a lot of time during the shooting on the set of
St. Louis Blues starring Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.
look in the film no doubt goes far in winning her the hearts of the
whole brood-Cinzia is a classic Italian babe who sings, dances, and
This is signature American Loren, in one of the most beloved of her
spirited Sophia Loren occasionally breaking into song and dance, seems
more at home than in any of her previous American films."
Miss Loren slinking abount the houseboat in various revealing states of
décolletage, designed to catch the audience's attention, as well
as Mr. Grant's, it is offensive to pretend to be interested in the
emotional disturbances of kids."
Loren is completely delightful in her first American comedy. She
sings the popular Bing Bang Bong and a romantic ballad and in one
jitter bugging sequence shows her talent as a dancer too."
(Sophia) adapts elegantly to the game and the requirements of
sophisticated comedy and is photographed by a cameraman who knows his