three coins in the fountain
the year: 1954
the genre: drama
the cast: Clifton Webb (John Frederick Shadwell); Dorothy McGuire (Miss Frances); Jean Peters (Anita Hutchins); Louis Jourdan (Prince Dino di Cessi); Maggie McNamara (Maria Williams); Rossano Brazzi (Georgio Bianchi)
the plot: three American secretaries/roommates working in Italy wish for the men of their dreams after throwing coins into Rome's magnificent Trevi Fountain. Frances is in love with her employer, a smooth-talking novelist, while Anita defies office regulations by spending time with an Italian who works at the government agency, and office newcomer Maria meets a real Italian Prince Charming.
don't miss: Miss Frances' binge drinking.
watch for: the magically full fountain in the last scene.
listen for: "My husband declares that I was simply born to be a writer. He says if anyone just took a pencil and followed me around, they'd have a novel." "My dear lady, I should be delighted to get behind you with a pencil."
you can watch the movie in parts, starting here.
extra bonus points: if you know which 50s vocal group is well known for its version of the theme song.
also listen for: "Why can't women play the game properly? Everyone knows that in love affairs only the man has the right to lie!"
watch the trailer here.