Defendant, Stand Up!

Defendant, Stand Up! (Italian: Imputato, alzatevi!) is a 1939 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Erminio Macario, Ernesto Almirante and Greta Gonda.[1] It was shown as part of a retrospective on Italian comedy at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.[2]

Defendant, Stand Up!
Imputato Alzatevi - 1939 movie poster.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byMario Mattoli
Produced byEugenio Fontana
Written byAnacleto Francini
Vittorio Metz
Giovanni Guareschi
Marcello Marchesi
Stefano Vanzina
Mario Mattoli
StarringErminio Macario
Ernesto Almirante
Greta Gonda
Music byVittorio Mascheroni
Luigi Spaggiari
CinematographyArturo Gallea
Edited byFernando Tropea
Alfa Cinematografica
Distributed byConsorzio Italiano Noleggiatori Filmi
Release date
  • 13 October 1939 (1939-10-13)
Running time
82 minutes

It was shot at the Cinecittà Studios in Rome. The film's sets were designed by the art director Piero Filippone.


Italy, late 1930s. Cipriano, nurse and handyman in the pediatric clinic of a doctor his foster brother, is wrongly accused of having committed a murder. The process, however, proves his innocence, and Cipriano become so popular as to obtain a theatrical writing for a show that tells the true story of the murder. But the culprit is still there.



  1. ^ Laura p.10
  2. ^ "Italian Comedy - The State of Things". Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.


  • Ernesto G. Laura. Comedy Italian Style. A.N.I.C.A., 1981.

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