The Firemen of Viggiù

The Firemen of Viggiù (Italian: I pompieri di Viggiù) is a 1949 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Nino Taranto.[1]

The Firemen of Viggiù
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Film poster
Directed byMario Mattoli
Produced byDino De Laurentiis
Written byMarcello Marchesi
Vittorio Metz
Mario Mattoli
StarringNino Taranto
Isa Barzizza
Carlo Campanini
Ave Ninchi
Music byArmando Fragna
CinematographyAldo Tonti
Edited byGiuliana Attenni
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
  • 16 April 1949 (1949-04-16)
Running time
84 minutes


In the village of Viggiù the fire of the place, believing their famous song "Fire Viggiù" a resounding success, organize various skits and performances in their theater, inviting all the celebrities known at that time.

Totò in the film plays a playboy who falls for the wife (Barzizza) a seller of textiles (Castellani). The woman is calling her friend, telling her of his secret admirer, calling it "not exactly an Adonis" but trying some feeling of admiration for him. Toto brazenly enters the store and begins to woo his wife, but soon comes the husband, because he is desperate to go bankrupt. A Toto do is pretend dummy, while the man put away his wife. Then the husband sits to invoke the soul of the father, hoping that they can give you some advice, but suddenly lose their tempers and begins to persecute the mannequins, always stopping with the dummy before Totò. At one point, Toto strikes once accidentally and the man takes it as a sign of her father and begins to talk to the dummy. Totò then pretends to be the soul of the father, and required materials, jackets, and finally a kiss to his wife. After the sketch Toto reappears towards the end of the film where he directs the band and then concludes with the number "fanfare of Sharpshooters."

This sketch has occurred in some parts in the film Cinema Paradiso directed by Giuseppe Tornatore.



  1. ^ "New York Times: The Firemen of Viggiù". NY Times. Retrieved 31 July 2008.

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