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Director:
Writers:
Sy Gomberg (written by) and
George Wells (written by)
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Release Date:
24 August 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
M-G-M's Technicolor Fiesta!
Plot:
Snooty opera singer meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
"The Dreams That You Inspire, With Every Sweet Desire, Be My Love" See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kathryn Grayson ... Suzette Micheline

Mario Lanza ... Pepe Abellard Duvalle

David Niven ... Jacques Riboudeaux
J. Carrol Naish ... Nicky Duvalle

James Mitchell ... Pierre
Richard Hageman ... Maestro P. Trellini
Clinton Sundberg ... Oscar
Sig Arno ... Mayor

Rita Moreno ... Tina
Romo Vincent ... Manuelo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louise Bates ... Dowager (uncredited)
Leon Belasco ... Dominiques' Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Dino Bolognese ... Waiter (uncredited)
Gene Brown ... Pretty Woman (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marietta Canty ... Angelique, Suzette's Maid (uncredited)
André Charlot ... Dignified Man (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Mr. O'Neill (uncredited)

Henry Corden ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Bette Daniels ... Dowager (uncredited)
George Davis ... The Mayor's Stooge (uncredited)
Guy De Vestel ... Waiter (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Dowager (uncredited)
Beth Douglas ... Woman in Cafe (uncredited)
Fred Essler ... Emile, the Gentleman's Tailor (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Diner at Dominiques' (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Jack George ... The Priest (uncredited)
Alex Gerry ... Albert, Headwaiter (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Emmett Keane ... Opera Board Member (uncredited)
Michael Kostrick ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sandy Lawrence ... Secretary (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Mauu ... Passerby (uncredited)
George Meader ... Stage Door Man (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Father (uncredited)
Eduardo Moreno ... Waiter (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
John Piffle ... (uncredited)
Nino Pipitone ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
Carmela Restivo ... Fat Woman (uncredited)
Loulette Sablon ... Costumer (uncredited)
Mike Tellegen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nick Thompson ... Fisherman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Norman Taurog 
 
Writing credits
Sy Gomberg (written by) and
George Wells (written by)

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer
 
Original Music by
Albert Sendrey (uncredited)
George Stoll (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William E. Snyder (director of photography) (as William Snyder)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Ruggiero 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel B. Cathcart 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes: men)
Helen Rose (costumes: women)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair designer
William Tuttle .... makeup designer (as William J. Tuttle)
Jane Garten .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jane Gorton .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sergei Petschnikoff .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Pefferle .... associate set decorator (as Richard A. Pefferle)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Joe Edmondson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... grip (uncredited)
J. James .... gaffer (uncredited)
Frank Shugrue .... still photographer (uncredited)
Lothrop B. Worth .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator
Johnny Green .... conductor: operatic numbers
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
George Stoll .... musical director (as Georgie Stoll)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James Gooch .... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Eugene Loring .... dances staged by
Armando Agnini .... stager: opera sequences (uncredited)
Grace Dubray .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
97 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although they had previously appeared together in That Midnight Kiss (1949), Kathryn Grayson and Mario Lanza did not get along while making this film. While shooting the love duet scene from "Madame Butterfly," Grayson recalled that Lanza kept trying to French kiss her, which was made even more unpleasant by the fact that he kept eating garlic before shooting. To counter this, Grayson had costume designer Helen Rose sew pieces of brass inside her glove. Each time Lanza attempted to French kiss her, Grayson would smack him in the face with her brass-loaded glove. One of these smacks was included in the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Three-quarters of the way through the "Tina-Lina," Pierre's trousers develop a tear at the seam near the hip, which magically repairs itself in the next shot.See more »
Quotes:
Oscar:Since society began there's been a way of doing things right and a way of doing them wrong.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Precious Images (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
Be My LoveSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"The Dreams That You Inspire, With Every Sweet Desire, Be My Love", 1 February 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

With the success that Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson had in That Midnight Kiss, MGM knew it had a box office team of appeal. The following year the two of them moved from contemporary Philadelphia to pre-World War I, New Orleans.

People paid their money to hear Mario sing and really didn't care about the plots of his films. Lanza was cast as an opera singing truck driver in That Midnight Kiss, as an opera singer drafted into the army in Because You're Mine, and the greatest opera singer of all in The Great Caruso. I think we can see a pattern forming here.

In The Toast of New Orleans Lanza plays a shrimp fisherman who works on the boat with his uncle J. Carrol Naish. When opera singer Kathryn Grayson comes to town, Lanza boisterously and impulsively joins her in a duet of Be My Love. Her manager and New Orleans opera kingpin, David Niven is as impressed as everyone else was in 1950 with Mario's voice. He's even willing to overlook to some extent the fact he's moving in on Grayson.

Acting wise The Toast of New Orleans is no strain on anybody. Mario and Kathryn play a pair of singers and Mario as in all of his films, just played himself. It's interesting that the only times he attempted to play a role from classic operetta, The Student Prince and The Vagabond King it didn't work out for him.

As for David Niven, he's as debonair and charming as he always was. Niven carried more films on the strength of his charm than any other star in the sound era.

But no one worried about acting and a plot in this film. Like That Midnight Kiss, The Toast of New Orleans has a nice mixture of classical opera and some good songs by Nicholas Brodzsky and Sammy Cahn to round out a very full score. One of the songs, Be My Love, became Mario Lanza's signature song, his biggest selling record on RCA Victor Red Seal label. You could not go ANYWHERE in 1950 without hearing Be My Love coming out of some radio. Be My Love was nominated for Best Song in 1950, but lost to Mona Lisa.

Norman Taurog directed Mario in this film, he had previously won an Oscar for Skippy and had directed Spencer Tracy to his second Academy Award in Boy's Town. Taurog was an interesting choice for a director to pilot a picture with a personality like Lanza. Later on Taurog would end his career directing nine of Elvis Presley's feature films, another instance of him directing a mega-pop personality successfully.

The Toast of New Orleans is for Mario Lanza fans everywhere and this review is dedicated to my father who was a big fan.

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