The Two Orphans (1947 film)

The Two Orphans (Italian: I Due Orfanelli) is a 1947 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Totò.[1] It is based on the 1874 play of the same title by Adolphe d'Ennery and Eugène Cormon.

The Two Orphans
(I due orfanelli)
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Directed byMario Mattoli
Written byAgenore Incrocci
Mario Mattoli
Jean-Jacques Rastier
Stefano Vanzina
Produced byDino De Laurentiis
Carlo Ponti
Carlo Campanini
Isa Barzizza
CinematographyTino Santoni
Jan Stallich
Edited byFernando Tropea
Music byPippo Barzizza
Excelsa Film
Distributed byMinerva Film
Release date
  • 27 November 1947 (1947-11-27)
Running time
90 minutes


The story is set in Paris in the middle of the 19th century. Caspar (Totò) and the Baptist (Campanini) are two poor homeless staying in an orphanage, not knowing where to stay. One day the two orphans are called by the director to solve a very special case: Susanne, a girl from the orphanage would like to marry a rich young but his father is against it because he does not know anything about the origins of his girlfriend. So Gasparre has the bright idea to cut a lock of hair to swap it with that of Susanne and so the father of the rich man discovers that the owner of the hair is of noble origins and thus a relative. Caspar along with the Baptist enters the new family but the nobles Parisians have in mind to delete the new emperor Napoleon III of France and the two tramps are involved against their bungling. Being in the real room of the emperor, Napoleon immediately catches them and makes them stop, so Caspar and Baptist are sentenced to the guillotine. But just as the ax is about to fall on their heads, the two orphans wake up with a start: it was all a dream.



  1. ^ "New York Times: The Two Orphans". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2011. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2008.

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