L'Uomo Che Sorride (1937)

Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

This Italian romantic drama was originally released as L'Uomo Che Sorride. It's a Taming of the Shrew yarn in mufti; the eminently tameable heroine is a spoiled industrialist's daughter named Adriana. Used to getting her own way, Adriana has browbeaten her eternally-smiling husband Pio into docility; whatever she wants, Pio gives her, even if it's illogical or impossible. Finally exasperated by his uncomplaining agreeability, Adriana demands that Pio begin dominating her. Only when she threatens to run off with an ex-lover (who expresses gratitude that he never married her!) does Pio finally assert himself and assume his proper leadership position in their household.