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Decameron Nights (1953)

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129 min | Drama, Adventure, Romance

The main story combines bits of Giovanni Boccaccio's own life (maybe and maybe not) with three of his most fabulous stories of love. It has Boccaccio following Fiametta to a country villa where she and five other women---The Contessa, ...See moreThe main story combines bits of Giovanni Boccaccio's own life (maybe and maybe not) with three of his most fabulous stories of love. It has Boccaccio following Fiametta to a country villa where she and five other women---The Contessa, Pampinea and three villa girls are hiding following the rape of their home city, Florance, Italy, by the Duke of Lorenzo. The recently-widowed Fiametta spurns overtures of love offered by the philandering Boccaccio who, in an effort to win her, spins two of his stories: The first is "Paganino the Pirate", a spicy tale of a young wife, married to an elderly gent, who prefers astrology to martial bliss, permits herself to be captured by a young pirate, to teach her husband a lesson. The second tale is "Wager on Virtue", concerning an elderly merchant,who loses faith in his beautiful young wife, on the strength of circumstantial evidence present him by a daring young rogue, who has previously goaded him into a bet on his wife's virtue, or lack thereof. The characters in this segment include Nerina, The Sultan, the Merchant Captain, a Merchant in French Inn and George and Bert Bernard as messengers. The third story, told by Fiametta, is "The Doctor's Daughter," concerning a delicate matter of matrimony when a wife, Isabella , finds herself spurned by the man, Bertrando, who has wed her at the command of his King. Characters include Maria, The Old Witch, Father Francaisco, and Signora Bucca. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Giovanni Boccaccio (novel "Tales from the Decameron, including Paganino the Pirate, Wager for Virtue and The Doctor's Daughter") | George Oppenheimer (screenplay) | Geza Herczeg (treatment)
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Thomas N. Morahan (as Thomas Morahan)
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Updated Jan 13, 1953

Release date
Nov 16, 1953 (United States)

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21 cast members
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Joan Fontaine
Fiammetta / Bartolomea / Ginevra / Isabella Fiammetta / Bartolomea / Ginevra / Isabella   See fewer
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Louis Jourdan
Giovanni Boccaccio / Paganino / Giulio / Don Bertando Giovanni Boccaccio / Paganino / Giulio / Don Bertando   See fewer
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Godfrey Tearle
Ricciardo / Bernabo Ricciardo / Bernabo   See fewer
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Joan Collins
Pampinea / Maria Pampinea / Maria   See fewer
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Binnie Barnes
Contessa di Firenze / Nerina the Chambermaid / The Old Witch Contessa di Firenze / Nerina the Chambermaid / The Old Witch   See fewer
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Meinhart Maur
Sultan Sultan   See fewer
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Gordon Bell
Merchant Merchant   See fewer
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Van Boolen
Captain Captain   See fewer
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Melissa Stribling
Girl in Villa Girl in Villa   See fewer
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Stella Riley
Girl in Villa Girl in Villa   See fewer
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Mara Lane
Girl in Villa Girl in Villa   See fewer
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Gérard Tichy
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Carlos Villarías
Actor (as Carolos Villarias) Actor (as Carolos Villarias)   See fewer
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Eliot Makeham
Governor of Majorca Governor of Majorca   See fewer
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Marjorie Rhodes
Signora Bucca Signora Bucca   See fewer
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Noel Purcell
Father Francisco Father Francisco   See fewer
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George Bernard
Messenger Messenger   See fewer
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Bert Bernard
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5.5 / 10 | 242 votes