• Italy
  • 1950
  • 98 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Italian

Anna (Yvonne Sanson) flees her home, where she has been victimized for years by her spineless father’s mean-spirited second wife, to be with her lover (Amedeo Nazzari), an honest businessman yet to make his fortune. When he is accused of a murder he didn’t commit, the couple’s domestic tranquillity is upended, and a desperate Anna must rely on her cruel stepmother to help support their child.


Carlo GuarnieriAmedeo Nazzari
Anna FerrariYvonne Sanson
Gateano FerrariAnnibale Bertrone
LawyerMario Ferrari
RosalinaTeresa Franchini
Matilde FerrariTina Lattanzi
RuffiniAldo Nicodemi
Celeste’s motherGiuditta Rissone
RossiVittorio Sanipoli
Enzo SandriRoberto Murolo
DinucciaRosalia Rendazzo

Press Notes

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