The Elusive Twelve

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.[1] 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.[2]

The Elusive Twelve
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Directed byMario Mattoli
Written byAlberto Alberti
Franco Bezzi
Mario Monicelli
Stefano Vanzina
Produced byNiccolò Theodoli
StarringWalter Chiari
Silvana Pampanini
Isa Barzizza
CinematographyMario Albertelli
Aldo Tonti
Edited byGiuliana Attenni
Music byPippo Barzizza
Industrie Cinematografiche Sociali
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
  • 3 September 1950 (1950-09-03)
Running time
95 minutes


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.



  1. ^ Gundle p.270
  2. ^ Chiti & Poppi p.189


  • Chiti, Roberto & Poppi, Roberto. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Dal 1945 al 1959. Gremese Editore, 1991.
  • Gundle, Stephen. Fame Amid the Ruins: Italian Film Stardom in the Age of Neorealism. Berghahn Books, 2019.

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