Wood plays a sort of female Marty in this role that netted the actress her third Oscar nomination. She is a quiet, well-brought-up Italian girl in a situation that is more than she can handle. She is so quiet, well-brought-up, and Italian, in fact, that it's hard to imagine how she got into
this mess! How does a sweet, traditional type manage to find herself pregnant after a one-night stand with McQueen? And what do you do when the father-to-be has a girlfriend and the expectant mother's unknowing family keep pushing her to marry another man?
The theme of unmarried pregnancy had been seen often before (e.g., in BLUE DENIM) but was not usually handled so deftly as in this picture, which not only dares to deal with the subject of abortion but has lots of down-to-earth, Italian humor from Bosley, Lembeck, and Bernardi. Adams is
outstanding as McQueen's stripper girlfriend. She always had a way with comedy and showed it early when playing the foil for her genius husband, Ernie Kovacs. In small roles, look for Richard Mulligan, Arlene Golonka, Vic Tayback, and Richard Dysart, all of whom later achieved success on TV. Not
perfect, but touching and adult; with fine work from the two leads, this is one of Mulligan's better films.
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