Donatela (Elsa Martinelli) is a poor girl who works as personal secretary to wealthy Guido (Walter Chiari). When Donatela's boss is visited by lawyer Maurizio (Gabriele Ferzetti), he mistakenly believes that she, too, is rich--and automatically falls in love with her. Maurizio's attentions prompt Guido to see Donatela in an entirely new light, and soon he is also ardently pursuing her. These romantic complications are interrupted periodically by the musical contributions of bandleader Xavier Cugat and his vocalist-wife Abbe Lane. Despite its unpretentiousness, Donatela was given the usual big publicity buildup when it was released in the US.
by Hal Erickson synopsis