The film won the Silver Ribbon for Best Original Story.
Three amateur actors in theater are chased away by their performance, because the satirically subject from their complaint treates in a controversial manner the cruelty of the Nazis. The three actors take refuge in a rural country where they, having the bright idea to recite a sacred drama on the birth of Jesus Christ, have to interpret the three Biblical Magi. The show is so successful and magically the villagers give birth to a son on Christmas Eve for every family, and there the faith in Jesus is regained.
Silvio Orlando: Melchiorre
Rolf Zacher: "Augusto"/ Gaspare
Patrick Bauchau: Baldassarre
Gastone Moschin: Don Gregorio
Laura Betti: Chorus girl
Franco Citti: Attore
Ninetto Davoli: Comparsa
In Time Out New York, Andrew Johnston (critic) wrote: "Warm performances from its lead troika and beautiful photography of the Italian countryside help compensate for the film's fairly flimsy nature. ... The humor is low-key but relatively consistent, and the three leads make a good comedy team."