Cast & Crew
Peter De Anda
Fred J. Scolley
Suso Cecchi D'amico
Don Carlos Dunaway
Lady Liberty was released in Italy under the title La Mortadella, and a working title in the U.S. was Mortadella. Some sources also referred to the film as Sausage, which is a loose translation of Mortadella, a type of Italian sausage that is somewhat similar to American baloney. Although the Box Office review lists the American release date as May 1972, general reviews indicate that it was not released until June 1972, and it did not play in Los Angeles until November 22, 1972. Reviews noted that the film included brief flashbacks that related the history of "Maddalena Ciarrapico"'s relationship to "Michele Bruni."
This unviewed French-Italian-U.S. co-production was shot on location in Rome, Italy and New York City. According to reviews and press information, New York locations included many local sights, among them John F. Kennedy International Airport, Greenwich Village and Times Square. Pre-production news items in 1970 and 1971 reported that Lady Liberty (then entitled Mortadella) was to be distributed domestically by Warner Bros., but that studio only distributed it internationally. According to a May 10, 1971 Daily Variety news item, shortly before the production was to begin shooting in New York City, Warner Bros. backed out of the distribution deal, after which United Artists took over.
Key art for the picture featured star Sophia Loren dressed as The Statue of Liberty, emulating the statue with her right arm held high, raising a plate of pasta, and her left arm holding several sausages. The film marked the American directing debut of screenwriter and director Mario Monicelli. Previously, the Italian-born Monicelli had written and directed a number of popular Italian and international co-productions such as the 1958 release I Soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) and Casanova '70 (1965, see below). Lady Liberty also marked the motion picture debut of prominent film and television actor Edward Herrmann. Reviews were generally negative for the film, which did not have wide distribution. Modern sources add Burt Richards to the cast.