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 V. 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 »
Darryl Zanuck's first release after the merging of his 20th Century co. and Fox studio, this features the boyish baritone, Lawrence Tibbett, in his prime. He was a busy guy in the 30s: top Metropolitan Opera star, movies, concerts, recitals and many radio appearances. The usual backstage story is played out with cheerful verve by the superior cast. Tibbett singing highlights are the famous "Figaro" aria from Barber of Seville; The Toreador Song from Bizet's Carmen; the Prologue to Pagliacci; as well as his rousing concert showpieces, "On the Road To Mandalay" and "De Glory Road: a negro spiritual." Tibbett's autobiography is titled The Glory Road.
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