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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Snooty opera singer meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing! Her agent lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Mario Lanza, David Niven
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Edward Ashley
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Loosely traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan Opera's patrons. Caruso ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Mario Lanza, Ann Blyth, Dorothy Kirsten
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Conceited singer Garry Mitchell refuses to renew his radio contract, so agent Doug Blake decides to find a new personality to replace Garry. In New York, he finds Martha Gibson, a single ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Jack Carson, Doris Day, Lee Bowman
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young trumpeter enjoys highs (musical success, fame, and fortune) and lows (sour marriage, death of his mentor, bout with alcoholism).

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Abigail Chandler has written her stuffy Boston relatives that she's a successful opera singer in New York. In reality, she works at a burlesque house and is billed as High-C Susie. When her... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Lauritz Melchior
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A waitress at the Warner Brothers commissary is anxious to break into pictures. She thinks her big break may have arrived when actors Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan agree to help her.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Doris Day, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson
Boom Town (1940)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two buddies who rise from fly-by-night wildcatters to oil tycoons over a twenty year period both love the same woman.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A famous opera singer falls for his sergeant's sister at boot camp.

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Mario Lanza, Doretta Morrow, James Whitmore
Love Crazy (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A series of misunderstandings on their fourth wedding anniversary lead an architect and his wife to break up, but he pretends to be insane and even poses as his own sister in order to win her back.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The biggest kiss in movie history!

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

23 January 1950 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

El beso de medianoche  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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.
See more »


Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor
(uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by José Iturbi
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Big Chill
28 September 2002 | by (Sana Maria, CA) – See all my reviews

1948 Mario Lanza's first movie and what a voice! I fell in love with it and have been singing Be My Love all these years; The impact of this first movie was a big change in operatic movies because it was nothing like the McDonald and Eddy movies, which were rather sweet and unrealistic. I have seen all ten of Lanza's movies and without listing all of them, the best one of course was The Great Caruso which I would rate 10/10. MGM made his life miserable by sending him to weight reducing farms and his death in 1959 at one of farms in Italy was a very sad story, and suspicous because of Lanza refusing to star in a television production by the Mafia.


10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Bugs Bunny connection comatus-1
Title of piece Iturbi plays phoenixnancy01
Who dubbed for Thomas Gomez? jacowium
Discuss That Midnight Kiss (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?