O Sole Mio (1945)

Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The Italian O Sole Mio is set during WW II. Opera star Tito Gobbi is cast as an American lieutenant of Italian heritage who parachutes into Naples in order to help the local resistance movement. Posing as a black marketeer, the American helps weed out the traitors and fence-sitters. He also secures a singing job with a Nazi-controlled radio station. This story development not only enables Tito Gobbi to logically burst into song at frequent intervals, but also furthers the plot: Gobbi's songs are actually coded messages to the Allies! It sounds silly, but at least O Sole Mio is more believable than that 1942 Hollywood film wherein Eleanor Powell tap-dances in Morse Code.