Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): William 'Billy' Benedict (Hotel Bellboy), Ruth Donnelly (Marina), Sarah Edwards (Old Dowager), Tom Herbert (Throat Specialist in Theatre), Hector Sarno (Italian Proprietor), Lee Phelps (Ghita's Chauffeur) and Hank Mann (Bartender). Since the film is listed as a 10-reel movie, there must have been extensive cutting to pare it down to the final 79 minutes, which would normally require only 8 reels. See more »
For fans of opera and Lawrence Tibbet, Metropolitan is a real delight!
Metropolitan, what can I say? A real musical treat of a film. The story is not exactly familiar territory, but the production values for example are really well done, with lovely lighting, exquisite costumes and spacious settings. Even better is the music, a real treasure trove of operatic highlights especially Largo Al Factotum, Pagliacci and The Toreador's Song. Even better than that is the performance of Lawrence Tibbet, he doesn't quite have the looks of Nelson Eddy for example but what more than compensates is his exciting presence on film and his enormously resonant voice. Virginia Bruce and Alice Brady both look alluring and sing beautifully, although Bruce's Micaela sometimes lacks warmth and this detracts from the poignancy of the role. Overall, for fans of Lawrence Tibbett and opera this is a real delight. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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