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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:
A B-movie romance with excellent singing 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)

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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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A B-movie romance with excellent singing, 1 February 2008
Author: lastliberal from United States

Mario Lanza only did 10 movies, and only two with Kathryn Grayson. She could not get along wt him due to his temper and alcohol abuse. That is a real shame as the two together on the Oscar-nominated "Be My Love" was pure magic. (It lost to "Mona Lisa" in another crash of Academy voters.) Current moviegoers can hear Lanza sing in Zodiac or The Polar Express, but why settle for one song when you can enjoy a half dozen by this wonderful tenor.

Those who think of Pavarotti when they think of tenors, will be surprised by Lanza's looks. He is more like Sly Stallone with good looks that the typical rotund singer.

This movie was a joy to behold as it was funny and sweet. The great David Niven (Separate Tables, Eye of the Devil) was fantastic.

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