Prolific filmmaker Mario Bonnard's only 1935 effort was Milizia Territoriale (Territorial Militia). Based on a novel by A. DeBenedetti, the film stars G. Bolognesi as Ciccio, a meek, browbeaten shoe clerk. Hoping to escape his domineering family, employers and customers, Ciccio joins the army at the outbreak of WWI. He is swiftly promoted to the rank of Major, allowing him to assert himself for the first time in his life -- and now his former tormentors bow and toady whenever he strolls into view. Alas, when the war is over, so is Ciccio's brief moment in the sun, and he returns to his humble clerical job. The worm finally and permanently turns when Ciccio falls in love with a gorgeous war widow (Leda Gloria), insisting upon marrying her despite the protests of his hateful family.
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