The Monte Carlo Story

The Monte Carlo Story is a 1956 Italian comedy-drama film production made by Titanus and distributed by United Artists. Samuel A. Taylor directed, and also wrote the screenplay based on a story by Marcello Girosi and Dino Risi. Marcello Girosi produced the film, which was the first shot in the Technirama process. Jean Louis designed the costumes.

The Monte Carlo Story
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Original Spanish film poster
Directed bySamuel A. Taylor
Produced byMarcello Girosi
Written bySamuel A. Taylor
Marcello Girosi
Dino Risi
StarringMarlene Dietrich
Vittorio De Sica
Arthur O'Connell
Natalie Trundy
Mischa Auer
Renato Rascel
Music byRenzo Rossellini
CinematographyGiuseppe Rotunno
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 22 December 1956 (1956-12-22) (Italy)
  • 9 October 1957 (1957-10-09) (U.S.)
Running time
96 minutes
United States

The film stars Marlene Dietrich and Vittorio De Sica with Arthur O'Connell, Natalie Trundy, Mischa Auer and Renato Rascel.


Marlene Dietrich as Maria de Crevecoeur.

The story takes place against the backdrop of the glorious French Riviera. Marlene Dietrich plays a woman with a lot of class, but no money to satisfy her taste for the best things in life. She is dazzled by Count Della Fiabe, who is also trying to recuperate his debts at the gambling tables of the famous casino. To attract the woman, who he thinks is his meal ticket, the poor Italian noble man enlists the help of the same people to whom he owes money.

The film's most famous scene comes toward the end when Marlene Dietrich sings "Back Home in Indiana" in a seedy bistro for the enjoyment of Homer Hinckley, who she feels will be the man to make her rich.


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