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Full of Life Details


When Emily Rocco (Judy Holliday) waddles into view at the beginning of Full of Life, her appearance marked a cinematic breakthrough; seldom had so pregnant a leading lady ever appeared on an American movie screen. With her baby's birthdate only a month away, Emily and her husband Nick (Richard Conte) prepare for first-time parenthood. What they aren't prepared for is Nick's Italian-bricklayer father (Salvatore Baccaloni) who descends upon their humble household with the intention of ruling the roost. Most of all, Papa wants Nick and Emily to go through a proper Catholic wedding, since he doesn't consider their civil ceremony valid. This situation is good for a few laughs, but far funnier is the all-too-typical erratic behavior of expectant mother Emily. Adapted by John Fante from his own novel, Full of Life effortlessly runs the gamut from warm family comedy to outrageous slapstick and back again. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Judy Holliday
as Emily Rocco
Richard Conte
as Nick Rocco
Esther Minciotti
as Mama Rocco
Joe de Santis
as Father Gondolfo
Silvio Minciotti
as Joe Muto
Penny Santon
as Carla
Arthur Lovejoy
as Mr. Jameson
Eleanor Audley
as Mrs. Jameson
Trudy Marshall
as Nora Gregory
Walter Conrad
as John Gregory
Sam Gilman
as Dr. Atchison


Richard Quine
Fred Kohlmar
John Fante
John Fante
Book Author
Charles Lawton
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
George Duning
Composer (Music Score)
William Kiernan
Set Designer
Louis Diage
Set Designer