Rome Adventure

Rome Adventure

Rome Adventure, also known as Lovers Must Learn, is a 1962 romantic drama film, based on the 1932 novel Lovers Must Learn by Irving Fineman. It was directed by Delmer Daves and stars Troy Donahue, Angie Dickinson, and Suzanne Pleshette.


After quitting her job as school librarian, Prudence Bell (Suzanne Pleshette) leaves New England for a vacation in Rome. On the ship over, she befriends Roberto Orlandi (Rossano Brazzi), a philandering middle-aged Italian. Upon their arrival in Rome, he introduces her to a countess who rents rooms in her villa to tourists. After finding employment at an American bookstore, Prudence encounters architectural student Don Porter (Troy Donahue), one of several Americans also rooming at the villa. Don is recovering from a failed relationship with a blonde temptress, Lyda (Angie Dickinson). Thus he keeps his distance at first. But he slowly sees Prudence as a refreshing curiosity with her adventurous outlook on life.

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    contentLocation Italy
    director Delmer Daves
    editor William H. Ziegler
    genre adventure drama
    keywords even hear married new england new york city northern italy old flame
    musicBy Max Steiner
    producer Delmer Daves
    publisher Warner Bros.
    theme romantic drama