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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 had trouble duplicating 'Un bel di' aria from "Madame Butterfly" during filming as she couldn't hit the high notes. She flew into a rage and blamed the orchestra for hindering her. Columbia studio head 'Harry Cohn' asked his musical director Morris Stoloff what seemed to be the problem. Stoloff replied that the orchestra was fine and that they were playing the original Puccini orchestrations - implying that Moore herself was at fault. She was then told either to return to the recording stage or she would have to pay a day's salary to the entire orchestra. Moore duly returned and successfully recorded the song. See more »
This is my second viewing and it still remains one of the greatest musicals I have seen. I would definitely put it in my top ten favorite musicals of all-time. "One Night of Love" is not just a bubbly Grace Moore vehicle it's a classic example of elegant 30s musical made with vigor and conviction. One viewing just won't do to fully enjoy it.
Exuberantly directed by Victor Schertzinger with some lavish sets, "One Night of Love" takes us into the enchanting world of opera, with all its joys and pleasures, difficulties and heartbreaks. Moore previously made two MGM movies, both of which were commercial disappointments. Then in 1934, Columbia Pictures gave the famed opera diva another chance; to their surprise, it scored a huge success and was ultimately nominated for some Oscars.
The film genially mixes popular ballads and grand opera. Moore is very beautiful and is endowed with a strong, haunting, and remarkably talented opera voice. In this film, Moore is aided by Tullio Carminati who plays her mentor and romantic interest. Her final performance at the Metropolitan Grand Opera packs a stirring punch.
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