Directed by Richard Quine • 1956 • United States
Starring Judy Holliday, Richard Conte, Salvatore Baccaloni
One of the first Hollywood films to depict the realities of pregnancy is an earthy, slice-of-life look at the marriage of Emily (Judy Holliday) and Nick Rocco (Richard Conte), a couple anticipating their first child. When a termite-ridden kitchen floor collapses and Nick calls on his father (Salvatore Baccaloni) to fix it, the exuberant, hard-drinking Italian bricklayer moves in—setting up a clash between his Old World immigrant values and the young couple’s more modern outlook. The screenplay is courtesy of cult writer John Fante, who adapted his own novel.