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ⓘ Escapade in Florence is a two-part episode of the Disneyland television show which was released theatrically in some countries. Walt Disney described it as a tw ..




Escapade in Florence
                                     

ⓘ Escapade in Florence

Escapade in Florence is a two-part episode of the Disneyland television show which was released theatrically in some countries. Walt Disney described it as a "two-party teenage comedy adventure" which was "international in flavor".

                                     

1. Plot

Mystery and suspense follow Annette Funicello and Tommy Kirk as they play students studying in the enchanting city of Florence, Italy. As the two find romance among the citys magnificent art and architecture, they discover that her paintings are at the center of an elaborate art forgery ring involving Florences most treasured masterpieces. Danger soon finds them when they uncover the mastermind behind the plot and theyre thrown into an ancient dungeon. Its now up to Annette to save the day, but will help arrive in time?

                                     

2. Cast

  • Renzo Palmer as Carabiniere
  • Ivan Desny as Count Roberto
  • Carlo Rizzo as Uncle Mario
  • Tommy Kirk as Tommy Carpenter
  • Helen Stirling as Miss Brooks
  • Nino Castelnuovo as Bruno
  • Annette Funicello as Annette Aliotto
  • Richard Watson as Butler
  • Clelia Matania as Aunt Gisella
  • Venantino Venantini as Lorenzo
  • Odoardo Spadaro as Padrone
                                     

3. Production

The film was based on a book by Edward Fenton called The Golden Doors which was published in July 1957. Disney bought the rights in December 1957.

In May 1959 Winston Miller was writing a script for producer William Anderson.

It was shot on location in Florence, Italy. Shooting finished May 1962. Funicello wrote that Italy was her favourite ever location.

                                     

4. Release

The Monthly Film Bulletin called it "an almost perfect example of its genre - straightforward story, likeable young protagonists, some good rough and tumble with the heros skill in jiu jitsu coming in useful, pleasant songs, a general happy atmosphere, and a strong location background."

Diabolique said it "very much puts Kirk front and center, and he is charming as an American abroad getting into hijinks with art thieves."

The film was released in September 2013 on DVD via the Disney Movie Club Exclusives.