|Directed by|| Luigi Carpentieri |
|Written by|| Dudley Leslie |
|Screenplay by||Ákos Tolnay|
|Story by||Dorothy Hope|
|Produced by||Saverio D'Amico |
|Starring|| Phyllis Calvert |
|Cinematography|| Anchise Brizzi |
|Edited by||Carmen Belaieff|
|Music by||Fernando Ludovico Lunghi|
Produttore Films Internazionali
|Distributed by||Variety Distribution|
Golden Madonna (Italian: La madonnina d'oro) is a 1949 British-Italian drama film directed by Luigi Carpentieriand Ladislao Vajda and starring Phyllis Calvert, Tullio Carminati and Michael Rennie. It was considered a lost film and was on the BFI 75 Most Wanted list, until a copy was loaned to the British Film Institute by Cohen Media. Filmed on location, a group of original negatives and contact prints taken by Francis Goodman are in the possession of London's National Portrait Gallery.
The film's sets were designed by the art director Guido Fiorini.
Patricia, a young British woman inherits an estate in rural Italy, and gives up her job as a schoolteacher. Soon after she arrives she offends the village where she now plans to live by accidentally throwing away a sacred painting of the Madonna which they consider to be lucky and a protector of the community. To redeem herself she goes out in search of the painting with the assistance of a British ex-army Captain, hoping to return in to the village.
A romance begins between her and the Captain, but a gang of street urchins steal his money. The Captain has painted over the Madonna with his own painting of The Laughing Cavalier before it disappeared.
In Naples she is first cheated by Johnny Lester, a British Spiv, and his tiny Italian gangster sidekick , but later receives his help to steal back the painting from a wealthy collector, Julian Migone, who has taken the Madonna to his cliff-top villa on Capri.
Patricia, pretending to be a rich countess, travels alone to Capri by boat but the moneyless Captain is given a ticket by one of the young Naples street urchins. She plays along with Migone's attempt to seduce her in order to get the painting back.
She and the Captain are stopped by police when trying to return on the boat, and their luggage is searched, but the painting has disappeared. It has been stolen by Johnny who successfully gets it back to the mainland.
Patricia returns the painting to the church where it is received with much ceremony.
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