“La moglie bionda” – Michele, a modest bank teller, has married Pepita, a very attractive but spendthrift American. Determined to sell her to an Arab prince, he takes her to Africa and introduces her to several emirs. It is he who ends up in the strange harem of an emir with ambiguous tastes, after being sold by his wife.
“L’ora di punta” – As a guest of a friend, Arturo Rossi, a young scientist recovering from a severe breakdown, has to witness his friend’s constant brawls with his wife, which always end happily on the strength of the gun with which the man obtains that his wife, of rather authoritarian character, becomes meek. The next morning, as the two men go out for a walk, the echoing of firearms and even a few machine-gun bursts reveal that the method ‘patented’ by the friend has become fashionable among all the neighbours.
‘L’uomo dei cinque palloni’ – In Milan, the owner of a candy factory is persuaded by an advertiser to base a promotional campaign on inflatable balloons. When the young industrialist returns home on Christmas Eve, where his girlfriend is waiting for him, he is obsessed by a question: how far can you blow into a rubber balloon without breaking it? Despite recourse to an engineer friend, the problem remains unsolved. After arguing with the girlfriend, who would like to distract him from this obsessive thought, the industrialist throws himself out of the window.
La moglie bionda di Luciano Salce:
Marcello Mastroianni: Mario Gasparri
Pamela Tiffin: Pepita
Lelio Luttazzi: Rastrelli
Luciano Bonanni a sheikh
Raimondo Vianello: Commissioner
L’uomo dei 5 palloni di Marco Ferreri:
Marcello Mastroianni: Mario
Catherine Spaak: Giovanna
Ugo Tognazzi: man with car
L’ora di punta di Eduardo De Filippo:
Marcello Mastroianni: Michele Profili
Virna Lisi: Dorotea
Luciano Salce: Arturo Rossi