Go Naked in the World (1961): MacDougall’s Romantic Melodrama, Starring Gina Lollobrigida and Anthony Franciosa (Father and Son)

Go Naked in the World, an MGM CinemaScope melodrama, was written and co-directed by Ranald MacDougall (and Charles Walters), produced by Aaron Rosenberg, and starring Gina Lollobrigida, Anthony Franciosa, and Ernest Borgnine.

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It is based on a 1959 novel of the same name by Tom T. Chamales.

Nick Stratton (Anthony Franciosa) is trying to find his way in the world upon returning home to San Francisco after Army service. But there are tensions with his father Pete (Ernest Borgnine), a respectable, self-made millionaire in the Greek immigrant community.

Pete tries to buy his son’s love and dominate his life, just like he does his employees and business associates. Nick struggles to assert his own identity, but family pressure and his love for his father are strong.

Pete wants Nick to marry a nice Greek girl, the daughter of a business associate. Nick and Giulietta Cameron (Gina Lollobrigida), however, have already fallen deeply in love, though she is strangely reluctant to commit.

When he takes her as his date to his parents’ wedding anniversary, Pete tells him that Giulietta is a prostitute, whose services Pete and his friends have purchased.

Nick tries to give Giulietta up, but they are madly in love. Everywhere, they go they keep meeting her former clients. Giulietta does everything she can to drive him away, telling him he is just another “John” who now bores her, but she is lying to try to spare him pain. She is devastated when she succeeds. When she sees him in a bar where she has gone with a former client, she deliberately flirts outrageously with every man in the place. Nick gets into a fight dragging men off her and is arrested.

In anguish, Giulietta steals a simple, white dress hanging from a clothesline, hanging her boa scarf in its place. She goes home, puts on the dress and jumps over the balcony to her death in the sea far below.

In the apartment, Nick hears a commotion and spots a body face down in the water. Shocked Fisherman pull Giulietta from the water and lay her on the beach. Nick runs through the crowd and embraces her briefly, but the police pull him off.

A distraught Nick tells Pete that Giulietta should have known he would go back for her.

Gina Lollobrigida as Giulietta Cameron
Anthony Franciosa as Nick Stratton
Ernest Borgnine as Pete Stratton
Luana Patten as Yvonne Stratton
Will Kuluva as Argus Dlavolos
Philip Ober as Josh Kebner
John Kellogg as Cobby, Hotel Detective
Nancy R. Pollock as Mary Stratton
Tracey Roberts as Diana


Directed by Ranald MacDougall and Charles Walters (uncredited)
Produced by Aaron Rosenberg
Written by Ranald MacDougall, based on Go Naked in the World, 1959 novel by Tom T. Chamales
Music by Adolph Deutsch
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Edited by John McSweeney Jr.

Production company: Arcola Pictures

Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Release date: March 10, 1961

Running time: 103 minutes