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Serenade (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 23 March 1956 (USA)
Damon Vincenti, a young vineyard worker, has a beautiful tenor voice and dreams of becoming a great opera singer. He debuts at Lardelli's Italian restaurant in San Francisco, where he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Ivan Goff (screenplay), Ben Roberts (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mario Lanza ... Damon Vincenti
Joan Fontaine ... Kendall Hale
Sara Montiel ... Juana Montes (as Sarita Montiel)
Vincent Price ... Charles Winthrop
Joseph Calleia ... Maestro Marcatello
Harry Bellaver ... Tonio
Vince Edwards ... Marco Roselli
Silvio Minciotti Silvio Minciotti ... Lardelli
Frank Puglia ... Manuel Montes
Edward Platt ... Everett Carter
Licia Albanese ... Desdemona in 'Otello'
Jean Fenn Jean Fenn ... Soprano in San Francisco
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Damon Vincenti, a young vineyard worker, has a beautiful tenor voice and dreams of becoming a great opera singer. He debuts at Lardelli's Italian restaurant in San Francisco, where he is spotted by Kendall Hale, a society girl who enjoys launching young artists while making them her lovers before dumping them after use. Damon is no exception to the rule: he becomes famous but Kendall leaves him abruptly. He feels so affected that he must give up singing. In Mexico, where he has got back in touch with his inner self, Damon meets Juana Montès.They are happy and get married. But Kendall is still around... Written by Guy Bellinger

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The most thrilling story-with-music ever made is Mario Lanza in 'Serenade.' All the quivering excitement of James M. Cain's best-seller...The story of a farm hand who won fame as a singer and almost lost his soul as a man! See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Trivia

Warner Brothers bought the screen rights to the book in February 1944 and over the next 10 years various people were associated with it. At one point Ann Sheridan and Dennis Morgan were set to co star and later Michael Curtiz was set to direct. See more »

Quotes

Damon Vincenti: Hey! Are you hiring a singer or a bookkeeper?
Lardelli: Oho, he IS a tenor!
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Connections

Remade as The Broken Disk (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Nessun dorma
(uncredited)
from "Turandot"
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Performed by Mario Lanza
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The greatest tenor voice of all
27 June 2004 | by edjavegaSee all my reviews

"Serenade" is one of the great Mario Lanza's more interesting films, taking on a heavier dramatic tone than his early fluff with MGM. There is true pathos and tragedy in some of the scenes, and you really feel for his character.

Spanish movie legend Sarita Montiel is quite fetching and likeable as his lady love, and for once, we see the American protagonist being saved by the love of a non-Anglo (older movies would always show the brunette as the femme fatale and the blonde girl back home as the virtuous one). Too bad she sings no songs in this movie, although the Mexico scenes are colorful and well-done.

But as usual, it is Mario's great voice which truly shines here. He sings more opera arias in this film than in any other movie of his (except possibly "The Great Caruso"). His combination of lyric sweetness, magnificent dramatic sound and ringing top notes, plus sheer versatility, is unmatched even by some of the greatest classically-trained singers, including Pavarotti and Domingo. And he is certainly better than today's pop opera darling Andrea Bocelli.

Vincent Prince and Joan Fontaine (still gorgeous here) bring their usual great support.

The final scene (at Joan Fontaine's party) actually has great dramatic tension although somewhat marred by a less than satisfying ending to the movie. Still very watchable.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Serenata See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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