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The Great Caruso (1951)

This film traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan Opera's patrons. Caruso... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Thorpe
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Lanza ... Enrico Caruso
Ann Blyth ... Dorothy Benjamin
Dorothy Kirsten ... Louise Heggar
Jarmila Novotna ... Maria Selka
Richard Hageman Richard Hageman ... Carlo Santi
Carl Benton Reid ... Park Benjamin
Eduard Franz ... Giulio Gatti-Casazza
Ludwig Donath ... Alfredo Brazzi
Alan Napier ... Jean de Reszke
Pál Jávor ... Antonio Scotti (as Paul Javor)
Carl Milletaire Carl Milletaire ... Gino
Shepard Menken Shepard Menken ... Fucito
Vincent Renno Vincent Renno ... Tullio
Nestor Paiva ... Egisto Barretto
Peter Price Peter Price ... Caruso (as boy) (as Peter Edward Price)
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Storyline

This film traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan Opera's patrons. Caruso is unacceptable to both women's fathers: to one, because he sings; to Dorothy's, because he is a peasant. To New York patricians, Caruso is short, barrel chested, loud, emotional, unrefined. Their appreciation comes slowly. The film depicts Caruso's lament that "the man does not have the voice, the voice has the man": he cannot be places he wants to be, because he must be elsewhere singing, including the day his mother dies. Throughout, Mario Lanza and stars from the Met sing. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Intimate Story of a Man with a Voice as Great as His Heart! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

17 August 1951 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran Caruso See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jesse L. Lasky, who served as associate producer on this film, also knew the real Enrico Caruso. In 1918, whilst serving as the head of Famous Players (later Paramount) Studio, Lasky had paid Caruso to star in two silent films, My Cousin (1918) and The Splendid Romance (1919), neither of which was commercially successful. See more »

Goofs

Opening credits: The events, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual firms is purely coincidental. Says it ALL. See more »

Quotes

Enrico Caruso: It is true, Señor Barretto, that right now I sing for pennies. Pennies are not very important in a big house like this. But the singing, that is important everywhere. It makes people feel good inside, takes away the ugliness, the sadness, and it fills the empty place here. That too is something Señor, isn't it?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: The events, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual firms is purely coincidental. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Sextette
(uncredited)
from "LUCIA de LAMMERMOOR"
Performed by Mario Lanza
Also performed by Dorothy Kirsten, Blanche Thebom, Giuseppe Valdengo and Nicola Moscona
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
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Mario Lanza's best film but...
29 January 2004 | by ragmop12345See all my reviews

This film has no great actors or at least no great acting performances. The story and screenplay are typical 1950's formula stuff. HOWEVER, the music is simply wonderful. Lanza is to my knowledge the only singer worthy of playing Caruso and he does so spectacularly here. My favorite scene is at the charity benefit where Lanza sings a request from the audience, Pariachi from Riggaletto (forgive the spelling please). I will never get tired of seeing it.


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