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A young woman who has a failed shipboard romance on the way to New York becomes involved with a middle-aged widowed opera singer. A chance to hear Gigli still in good voice! Written by
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When Olga comes to Hugh's cabin prior to the ship docking in New York, there is a splash of light reflected off the water on the wall behind Hugh. However this reflection should come through the porthole, and be on the wall opposite the porthole not on the same wall. It is unlikely that Hugh has a cabin with two portholes. See more »
Though others disagree, for me, the beautiful, heartfelt singing of Benjamino Gigli was the highlight of this film. I realize he wasn't particularly well recorded, but the emotion of his voice came through.
Gigli is a widowed opera star, Enzo Curti, who falls for a disillusioned secretary, Helen (Joan Gardner). Helen fell in love on board ship, but is fed devastating information about her intended by a rival (Jeanne Stuart). Enamored with Curti's voice, his sweetness, and his son, she marries him.
Most of the story is Gigli's singing, particularly a song Joan shared with her shipboard romance, Non Ti Scordar Di Me (Do Not Forget Me). It's a great opportunity to hear him sing some great arias, including La Donna 'e Mobile, Di Quella Pira, and others. Just beautiful.
The courtship between Curti and Helen is adorable, as he doesn't speak English, and the little boy is cute without being cloying.
As a side note, both the lead women were married to big shots: Gardner to Zoltan Korda, and Stuart to the Baron de Rothschild. Wow and wow again.
Gigli was one of the greatest tenors of the 20th century, and though there are better showcases for him, this isn't bad.
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