Sog.: Giovannino Guareschi(Non Accreditato); Scen.: Paolo William Tamburella, Beppe Costa, Jacopo Corsi, Giampaolo Callegari, Guido Leoni; F.: Vincenzo Seratrice; Mo.: Jolanda Benvenuti; Scgf.: Arrigo Equini; Mu.: Alessandro Cicognini, C. Icini; Su.: Vittorio Trentino; Int.: Peppino Spadaro (Don Paolo), Nando Bruno (Parboni), Arturo Bragaglia (Il Sindaco), Lauro Gazzolo (Guerrieri), Leda Gloria (Rosa), Gemma Bolognesi (Signora De Mori), Agostino Carucci(Francesco), Marga Cella (Signora Guerrieri), Bruno Corelli, Attilio Dottesio (Mario), Alfred De Leo (Marucelli), Vittoria Febbi, Aristide Garbini(Bruno), Zoe Incrocci(Concettina), Nino Marchetti (Giulio), Renato Malavasi(Capobanda), Patrizia Mangano (Luisa), Mario Mazza (De Mori), Paolo Stoppa (Rocchetti); Prod.: Sonia Colettiperucca Per S.C.P. (Società Cinematografica Di Produzione) Alfa Cinematografica; Pri. Pro.: Aprile 1950; 35mm. D.: 88′. Bn
Just a few days after the flop Gente così, Vogliamoci bene! came out in theaters. It was a small film that did not advertise Giovannino Guareschi’s name on its posters nor did the writer’s name appear in the credits; however, he is the only person who could have written (or have been the driving force behind) the storyline, considering that the story is a about a small-town parish priest, don Paolo, who fights with the local politicians (“reds”, of course) on a daily basis. Don Paolo wants to rake up the money needed for repairing the old bell tower’s clock, but his problems won’t end when he finishes collecting the money. Ignored or slated by critics, Vogliamoci bene! made twenty million lire more than Gente così and marked the debut of the short-lived career of Paolo William Tamburella (born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1910, he died prematurely in 1951). He was the production coordinator for De Sica’s Sciuscià and directed two other films, Sambo (1950) and I sette nani alla riscossa (1951), a children’s fairy tale that came out after his untimely death. Peppino Spadaro (the police officer in Ladri di biciclette) starred as the priest and wiry Arturo Bragaglia (one of the most well-known and active character actors of Italian cinema from the 1940s to the 1960s) as the mayor. The film’s cast also included two actors who would reap- pear in the Don Camillo saga: Leda Gloria (who played Peppone’s wife in all the films with Fernandel and Gino Cervi) and Paolo Stoppa, who acted the part of the “draft-dodging” fascist in Duvivier’s Le retour de Don Camillo. For as much as we know, Guareschi did not care for the film at all.