Behind Closed Shutters originally went into Italian movie houses under the title Persiane Chiuse. Eleanora Rossi Drago plays a young girl in search of her missing sister. She wanders into the more dangerous sections of Genoa, particularly the seedy waterfront. Here she meets several Everyman-type characters, each representing a separate sin or virtue. Featured in the cast is Giuletta Masina, later the star of such Fellini productions as La Strada, Nights of Cabiria and Juliet of the Spirits. Behind Closed Shutters finds director Luigi Comencini betwixt and between the neorealism of his earliest films and the commercialism of his later endeavors.