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24 August 1950 (USA) See more »
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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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  (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)
Steve Carruthers ... Diner at Dominiques' (uncredited)
André Charlot ... Dignified Man (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Mr. O'Neill (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Fisherman (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)
Luigi Faccuito ... Actor in Opera (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)
Cap Somers ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Mike Tellegen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nick Thompson ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Actor in Opera (uncredited)

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

Did You Know?

By the time this picture was finished Kathryn Grayson was so fed up with Mario Lanza that she refused to ever appear in another film with him.See more »
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 »
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 That's Entertainment! (1974)See more »
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A fisherman becomes the "Toast of New Orleans", 6 September 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Using the formula that worked so well in "That Midnight Kiss," Mario Lanza, this time one Pepe Duvalle, is again discovered by someone with connections to the opera world while he's singing his heart out doing his normal job. Here he's a bayou fisherman, but after the loss of their boat, Pepe and his Uncle Nicky (J. Carrol Naish) head to New Orleans to look up the opera director (David Niven) who offered Pepe an opportunity after hearing him in the village when Pepe joins his prima donna (Grayson) in song. Pepe finds himself in love with the somewhat cold diva, who is being pursued by Niven.

Lanza is in fine form as a crude, loud, uneducated man who, in order to fit into New Orleans society and the opera world, has to learn manners, as well as how to dance and dress. A natural actor, he makes his complete transformation believable. He sings Jose's aria from "Carmen" beautifully, and this film introduces his hit, "Be My Love" to audiences, which he sings with Grayson. With the diminutive soprano, he also does "Libiamo" from "La Traviata." In the days in which this story is set, a singer like Grayson would have sung "Traviata," though audiences aren't used to hearing a fluttery coloratura sing it any longer. The two perform the love duet from "Madama Butterfly" as well - an absolutely horrid choice for Grayson, calling for a much weightier voice. Obviously the repertoire was chosen with Lanza in mind. Had MGM not used "Lucia" in "That Midnight Kiss," they could have perhaps used it here. Grayson gets to use her high extension in "Je suis Titania," but the rest of the aria suffers from pitch difficulties.

Lanza really helped to commercialize opera in the United States, but he did it without the help of MGM. Is it necessary for Niven to give the wrong explanation for the duet "La ci darem la mano?" And why, during the Butterfly duet, which is total foreplay, does Grayson constantly try to get away from Lanza? No matter her personal feelings, she was on stage playing a role.

Grayson looks lovely in an assortment of magnificent gowns and hats, and if her voice doesn't match Lanza's, it doesn't mean she could not have sung opera, which is often the criticism. There is definitely a place for coloratura sopranos in the opera world - just not singing with spinto tenors.

J. Carrol Naish plays an embarrassing, annoying stereotype as Uncle Nicky; Niven is wonderful, if underused, and his perfect voice and smooth manners are in great juxtaposition to Lanza's bumbling Pepe. James Mitchell, known to soap opera audiences now as Palmer Courtland on "All My Children" has a good featured part as a friend of Pepe's from the bayou, and he and a very young Rita Moreno, who's in love with Pepe, do a spirited dance number.

Lanza's reign at MGM was disappointingly short, and yo-yo dieting and drinking would claim his life nine years after this film. But what years, in which he gifted the world with his fresh, passionate, Italianate sound and thrilled millions of people all over the world.

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