You hadn't mentioned it in your previous post just how handsome he was as a young man, my goodness, I was quite taken aback, he's lovely with such a flair for comedy. I tried to think if he reminded me of anyone else, the older de Sica alway reminded me of Chaplin and it's not lost in his younger days, nobody else sprung to mind. I think too how much I've enjoyed him in his later acting roles, usually as the other man and always memorable. Heck, he has my sympathy in Madame De when he really shouldn't have it.
Daro un milione (I'll Give a Million, 1935) is a brilliant comedy with a very young and dashing Vittorio de Sica and his partner for 4 films, the blonde Assia Noris. The storyline is a mixture of Chaplin and René Clair. Gold (De Sica) is a bored millionaire. He jumps from his yacht and meets a tramp. They exchange their clothes as Gold wants to experiment what it is, not be well-known and rich. He says he will give a million to anybody who would show human kindness to him not knowing who he is. He meets lovely Anna (Assia Noris) who works at a circus nearby. In the meantime, the tramp, wearing his clothes, has become the focus of attention. A newspaper man organises a press campain trumpeting a millionaire is hiding among the tramps of the city. Suddenly, there is frenzy of generosity towards tramps as everybody is wondering if they are not the millionaire in disguise. The whole film is beautifully paced. De Sica makes a great couple with Noris. Like their other pictures together, it's a breath of fresh air. It's not unlike some American comedies of the time with some social comments. Really great!
De Sica, aside (he was very good) I was completely charmed by this film and preferred it to I Grandi Magazzini. It's a great example of what you were highlighting with this thread, the comedy has such a flair, a touch of Chaplin, a touch of romance, a sense of the absurd, how hilarious I found the scenes with the tramps being taken in and looked after by all and sundry and then rejected when they'd picked the wrong guy. I do like Assia Noris too, she's utterly charming. I'm a complete convert to Italian comedy, i always liked the 50s/60s films now I've discovered I like the early ones too.
Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself - Charlie Chaplin