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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 musical and comic riot from start to finish See more (19 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)
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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Runtime:
97 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
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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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A musical and comic riot from start to finish, 6 February 2003
Author: Derek McGovern (derekmcgovern@yahoo.com) from New Zealand

This is without a doubt the most consistently cheerful of Lanza's movies, and a real hoot. Mario's hitherto unknown comedic skills are a big surprise, and the supporting cast of J Carroll Naish and David Niven is wonderful. I wish I could say the same for co-star Kathryn Grayson, but her shrill coloratura, grating vibrato and minimal acting skills make her a poor match for Lanza.

This is the film that introduced Lanza's signature song, Be My Love. The scene in which the song is first sung (as a duet between Grayson and Lanza) is great fun to watch, with both singers trying to outdo the other. The Madama Butterfly Love Duet scene is even better, as Lanza throws caution to the wind and shows Grayson the true meaning of PASSION.

Were it not for Grayson, the movie would merit the highest evaluation. Despite this one casting flaw, Toast of New Orleans is an excellent vehicle for newcomers to opera. Like the man himself, Lanza's screen character's lusty ways and thorough lack of pretentiousness are a breath of fresh air, and he sings impressively throughout. Highlights include the Libiamo (much better than his commercial recording), a gorgeous Bayou Lullaby and the aforementioned Butterfly Love Duet.

Following this movie, Lanza would go on to star in The Great Caruso, the pinnacle of his movie career and the film that has influenced more singers than any other in cinematic history.

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