Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957) starring Dean Martin, Eva Bartok, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Walter Slezak
Synopsis of Ten Thousand Bedrooms
In Ten Thousand Bedrooms a wealthy hotel man acquires a world-class Italian property with ten thousand bedrooms. Soon, he falls in love with a young Italian woman. But to marry the lady, he has to get her three older sisters married off. But which sister is he truly in love with?
Papa Vittorio Martelli: There’s nothing wrong with a custom, even an old custom, that the youngest should wait her turn. Nina will not get married. This is final. If you really mean what you say, you can afford to wait. Nina will be tender for a long time.
Ray Hunter: Yeah, but I won’t.
Ah Rome, land of amore, pasta and a whole lotta bedrooms – if you’re Ray Hunter (Dean Martin), a hotel baron who stops in to buy a luxury hotel and stays to stage-manage the romantic lives of four comely Italian sisters. Lavishly filmed on location, Ten Thousand Bedrooms marks Martin’s first film after he parted company with his longtime show-biz partner Jerry Lewis. And it’s an ideal match of star and vehicle, showcasing the star’s mellow pipes and relaxed style of wooing. Martin would go on to establish himself as a fine dramatic actor in such films as The Young Lions, Some Came Running and Rio Bravo, but it’s carefree, swingin’-bachelor characters like Ray that many fans will always associate with Dino.
Cast of characters
- Dean Martin (Scared Stiff) … Ray Hunter
- Anna Maria Alberghetti (Cinderfella) … Nina Martelli
- Eva Bartok (The Crimson Pirate) … Maria Martelli
- Dewey Martin … Mike Clark Jr.
- Walter Slezak (The Pirate; The Inspector General) … Papa Vittorio Martelli
- Paul Henreid (Casablanca) … Anton
- Jules Munshin (Take Me Out to the Ball Game) … Arthur
- Marcel Dalio (Sabrina) … Vittorio Cisini
- Evelyn Varden (Desiree) … Countess Alzani
- Lisa Montell … Diana Martelli
- Lisa Gaye … Ana Martelli
- John Archer (King Of The Zombies) … Bob Dudley
- Stephen Dunne (Mother Wore Tights) … Tom Crandall (as Steve Dunne)
- Dean Jones (Two on a Guillotine; Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo) … Dan
- Rock Around The Clock
- Sung by Diana and Ana Martinelli
- Written by James E. Myers and Max Freedman
- Money Is a Problem
- Music by Nicholas Brodszky
- Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
- Staged by Jack Baker
- Sung by Lisa Montell (dubbed by Betty Wand)