|The Elusive Twelve|
|Directed by||Mario Mattoli|
|Produced by||Niccolò Theodoli|
|Written by||Alberto Alberti|
|Starring||Walter Chiari |
|Music by||Pippo Barzizza|
|Edited by||Giuliana Attenni|
Industrie Cinematografiche Sociali
The Elusive Twelve (Italian: L'inafferrabile 12) is a 1950 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Walter Chiari, Silvana Pampanini and Isa Barzizza. It was shot at the Farnesina Studios of Titanus in Rome. The film's sets were designed by the art director Piero Filippone. It earned 400 million lira at the domestic box office.
When his wife gives birth to twin boys, her husband sends one to the orphanage as they already have eleven children and thirteen would be unlucky. The two boys grow up completely apart, one becoming a professional footballer for Juventus and the other an employee of the state lottery. Without meeting, the two now keep accidentally crossing paths. The second man is mistaken for the first man by his girlfriend, and ends up playing in a football match in place of his twin.
- Walter Chiari as Carletto Esposito\Brandoletti
- Silvana Pampanini as Clara
- Isa Barzizza as Teresa
- Carlo Campanini as Beppe
- Aroldo Tieri as Il dottor Giechi
- Marilyn Buferd as L'assistente del dott. Giechi
- Laura Gore as Carletta
- Enzo Biliotti as Cav. Federico Pallino
- Agnese Dubbini as La levatrice
- Luigi Pavese as Umberto
- Pina Gallini as La direttrice
- Yvonne Sanson as Herself
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