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Toto and the Women
(Totò e le donne)
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Directed byMario Monicelli
Written byAge & Scarpelli
Mario Monicelli
Produced byLuigi De Laurentiis
Lea Padovani
CinematographyTonino Delli Colli
Edited byGisa Radicchi Levi
Music byCarlo Rustichelli
Release date
Running time
103 minutes

Toto and the Women (Italian: Totò e le donne) is a 1952 Italian film directed by Mario Monicelli and Steno.


The cloth retailer Philip (Totò) is no longer able to stand his possessive and tyrannical wife (Ave Ninchi) who claims a higher lifestyle. In fact, for years now after the wedding, Philip was totally deprived of his freedom as a husband. The only freedom left is to hole up in the attic reading police novels and venerating an altar dedicated to the infamous serial killer Landru. The balance family collapses as the younger daughter of Philip became engaged to a young doctor (Peppino De Filippo): to prove to everyone her talent in giving injections, she decides, along with her mother, to use the poor Philip as a guinea pig. When enough is enough, Philip decides live the high life together with his young lover. However Philip soon realizes that the girl is too young for him and, avoiding ridiculousness, breaks off the relationship. At home, things get worse: his wife is complaining about the low wage and tells him about the poor quality of what she has been cooking for years and how she was forced to pawn her gold jewelry. Anyway, the marriage of the couple's daughter is the chance to find new finance and strength and the pair get back together. The easy moral is that women are hard to manage but unmissable as well.