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Tonight or Never (1931)

A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.

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Marchesa Bianca San Giovanni
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A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.

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Marchesa Bianca San Giovanni: And that is just the trouble, it is nothing but an organ. It is as cold and as passionless as one of these American iceboxes. Let me tell you a secret; no woman can ever be a great artist without love, without passion, without a great inside flame in her heart. If she were really an artist, she would sing with more than her voice, she would sing with her heart and her soul and her body. I did!
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From 1931...and with no subtitles or captions....what a pity.
24 January 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While not all early sound pictures have poor sound quality, "Tonight or Never" does. This is a problem because Image Entertainment does not have closed captions or DVD captions on the disk--meaning you'll need to really crank up the volume to hear this one well, as the sound range is a bit poor. This is a serious problems with many American films from 1927-1931 and this is because Hollywood still hadn't perfected all the intricacies of sound. Normally this isn't a huge problem--many films from this era do have decent sound, but seeing "Tonight or Never" or "Coquette" is just tough without captioning.

This film finds Gloria Swanson playing a diva--literally and figuratively. She is a very successful opera star, but her singing, while very good, lacks something that would take her to the next level. It turns out that what it needs is passion--and a new man in her life (Melvyn Douglas) turns out to be this key to greater success. And until she discovers love, she is a diva in every sense of the word--quick-tempered, demanding and impossible to those around her. But, once she discovers Douglas, her troubles are not over, as she mistakenly thinks he's a gigolo!

While I enjoyed this cute film, I found Melvyn Douglas' performance to be amazing. Considering this was his first film, he came off very well--and better than the veteran actress, Swanson. He seemed relaxed and suave. As for her, Ms. Swanson's acting, at times, seemed a bit mannered--as if she WAS acting and not real. Now this might have been due to the type character she played, but I found her performance less approachable and impressive.


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