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Il Bidone Details

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Swindle and The Swindlers are both English-language titles for 1955's Il Bidone, a lesser-known effort from Federico Fellini. Broderick Crawford, Richard Basehart, and Franco Fabrizi play a trio of con artists who victimize the Italian bourgeoisie (who are shown to be no better than the crooks). Giueletta Masina (Fellini's wife), who had previously costarred with Richard Basehart in Fellini, here plays Basehart's wife. Humphrey Bogart had been intended for the role played by Broderick Crawford; one wonders how Crawford's self-deprecating curtain speech about the hollowness of his existence would have played in Bogart's hands. Swindle was not released to the US until nine years after its completion. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 9, 1955

Cast

Broderick Crawford
as Augusto
Richard Basehart
as Picasso
Franco Fabrizi
as Roberto
Giulietta Masina
as Iris
Giacomo Gabrielli
as Vargas
Lorella de Luca
as Pattizia
Mario Passante
Maria Zanoli
as Stella Florina
Irene Cefaro
as Marisa
Xenia Valderi
as Luciana
Irene Cefaro
as Marisa
Maria Zanoli
as Stella Florina
Lorella de Luca
as Pattizia

Crew

Federico Fellini
Director
Federico Fellini
Screenwriter
Tullio Pinelli
Screenwriter
Ennio Flaiano
Screenwriter
Otello Martelli
Cinematographer
Nino Rota
Composer (Music Score)
Giuseppe Vari
Editor
Mario Serandrei
Editor
Dario Cecchi
Set Designer
Dario Cecchi
Costume Designer
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