Mary Barrett is an aspiring Opera singer who is taken under the wings of a famous operatic maestro, Guilio Monterverdi. After spending endless working hours together and arguing, their ... See full summary »
Mary Barrett is an aspiring Opera singer who is taken under the wings of a famous operatic maestro, Guilio Monterverdi. After spending endless working hours together and arguing, their relationship develops into love. But, jealousy and misunderstandings prevent Mary and Guilio from acknowledging their true feelings. Written by
Grace Moore's Oscar-nominated role in very dated musical...
Unlike MGM's favorite soprano, JEANETTE MacDONALD, other singers from
the Met tried screen careers at various times in the '30s, but none
emerged winning enough as screen personalities to rival Jeanette.
Columbia tried hard with GRACE MOORE and this is undoubtedly one of her
better efforts at attaining screen stardom.
TULLIO CARMINATI is amusingly persistent as her demanding voice coach
who discovers her singing "Ciribiribin" in a cellar cafe before
offering to become her tutor. LYLE TALBOT is her boyfriend with
marriage on his mind.
But the silly script has Miss Moore acting like a spoiled prima donna,
cavorting with boyfriend Talbot while supposedly training for her big
moment as "Carmen". A series of misunderstandings involving another
woman, MONA BARRIE (strongly resembling Kay Francis), makes up much of
the backstage part of the story and only weakens the overall film.
Moore is fine whenever she's singing but the lip synch is way off
during the final "Un Bel Di" and it's hard to see where
her performance earned her an Oscar nomination for the acting part of
Summing up: A disappointment for me, regardless of glowing tributes
from the other commentators on this particular film.
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