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That Midnight Kiss (1949)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prudence Budell
José Iturbi ...
José Iturbi (as Jose Iturbi)
Abigail Trent Budell
Johnny Donnetti
Artie Geoffrey Glenson
J. Carrol Naish ...
Papa Donnetti
Jules Munshin ...
Michael Pemberton
Guido Russino Betelli
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Arthur Treacher ...
Mamma Donnetti
Amparo Iturbi ...
Amparo Iturbi
Bridget Carr ...
Donna Donnetti
Amparo Ballester ...
Rosina Donnetti
Ann Codee ...
Mme. Bouget


In Philadelphia, the soprano Prudence Budell returns from Europe after a period of five years training in the best Europeans music schools. Her millionaire grandmother Abigail Trent Budell sponsors an opera company under the command of the famous maestro Jose Iturbi to give a chance to Prudence to lead an opera. They hire the also famous tenor Guido Russino Betelli, but Prudence does not feel comfortable with him on the stage. When Prudence accidentally sees the American-Italian truck driver Johnny Donnetti singing opera, she convinces Jose Iturbi to give a chance to Johnny. They fall in love for each other, but when Prudence visits his work to tell that he will be hired, she meets Mary and she believes Johnny is in love of his colleague. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The biggest kiss in movie history!


Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

23 January 1950 (Sweden)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Although this was officially Mario Lanza's film debut, he had previously appeared as an uncredited chorus member in Winged Victory (1944). Like the character he plays in the movie, Lanza was an opera singer from an Italian-American family in Philadelphia. See more »


Abigail Trent Budell: Every opera singer should fall in love with her tenor, or composer, or baritone, or conductor. I'm glad it's a tenor. We could use one.
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major
Music by Franz Liszt
Performed by José Iturbi
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A perfect treat if you're into these sort of movies.
2 July 2006 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is yet another MGM musical with a standard and predictable love-story that has all the familiar ingredients in it. It's one of those typical movies of which you already know how its going to end. From start till finish, nothing refreshing or unpredictable ever happens to be honest.

However of course these sort of movies were made to simply entertain its audience. It's a fun romantic movie. You just sit back and enjoy it, without thinking too much about its story.

This time the musical takes an operatic twist, which should delight the fans of it. I shall immediately admit that opera is not entirely my cup of tea. Never has been and never will be most likely. Still there was enough to enjoy for me, since the movie also wasn't made entirely in 'opera style'. The movie was good lighthearted, romantic fun to watch, even though it all was nothing too remarkable, refreshing or original all.

The actors were cast for their signing voices and musical skills rather than their acting abilities but that however is fine and acceptable for a movie in this sort of genre. Their musical skills most certainly compensate enough for their acting skills! Mario Lanza was one of the most talented young singers of the last century who unfortunately died way too early. Ethel Barrymore also does what she can do best; play a character who lies most of the time in bed. None of the comical actors really work out in the movie, probably mainly because it doesn't blend in that well with the operatic elements of the movie, that are the most prominent present in the story.

It's a worth seeing, charming movie. Don't expect anything too spectacular or original. Just sit back, enjoy and try not to think too much about the typical MGM musical formulaic story. It does not fail to entertain!


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