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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 »



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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 ...
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!


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Release Date:

23 January 1950 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Aquele Beijo à Meia-Noite  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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For opera lovers, a delicious treat
7 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having seen this movie when I was young, I became an enduring opera fan and a Mario Lanza fan. The story is believable, and Lanza is a handsome, romantic figure beautifully paired with Kathryn Grayson. Lanza is Johnny Donetti, a rough and tumble piano mover; Grayson is the refined niece of Ethel Barrymore, and she is being groomed for a career in the opera. Lanza was still relatively slim when this movie was made, and he became an instant matinée idol with his dark good looks and unleashed passion. Rent the movie, pop a bowl of corn, and enjoy the gold and silver of Lanza and Grayson along with the incomparable José Iturbi at the piano.

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