MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 30,527 this week

Melba (1953)

5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 17 users  
Reviews: 1 user

The highly fictionalized story of Nellie Melba, Australian-born soprano who rose to operatic fame in the latter part of the 19th century and who had a dessert and form of dry toast (true) ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
0Check in
0Share...

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 64 titles
created 29 Apr 2012
 
list image
a list of 9998 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 2221 titles
created 6 months ago
 
list image
a list of 36 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Melba" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Melba (1953)

Melba (1953) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Melba.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war. Relates the hardships the men endure while in captivity, and their final humiliation: ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, Farley Granger
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During WWII, a platoon of American soldiers trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, George Tyne
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After two years under German rule, a small Norwegian fishing village rises up and revolts against the occupying Nazis.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston
Adventure | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Amid the anarchy of China, an American mercenary tangles with a ruthless warlord.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Akim Tamiroff
The Prowler (1951)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Illegal refugees lead dark lives in pre-World War II Paris.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain Bligh will do anything to get there as fast as possible, using any means to keep up a ... See full summary »

Directors: Lewis Milestone, Carol Reed
Stars: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris
War | Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Grim story of one of the major battles of the Korean War. While negotiators are at work in Panmunjom trying to bring the conflict to a negotiated end, Lt. Joe Clemons is ordered to launch ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Norma Talmadge, Gilbert Roland, John Wray
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A Ukrainian village must suddenly contend with the Nazi invasion of June 1941.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Walter Huston
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Perry Ashwell is a self-satisfied child psychologist who takes his colleagues and wife somewhat for granted. So confident is he of his position that he introduces rich attractive painter ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Dana Andrews, Lilli Palmer, Louis Jourdan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Mary Ellis, Tullio Carminati, Ida Lupino
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Patrice Munsel ...
Nellie Melba
...
...
Charles Armstrong
John Justin ...
Eric Walton
Alec Clunes ...
Cesar Carlton
Martita Hunt ...
Mme. Marchesi
...
Joseph Tomelty ...
Thomas Mitchell
Beatrice Varley ...
Aunt Catherine
Violetta Elvin ...
Prima Ballerina
Cecile Chevreau ...
Annette
...
Paul Brotha
Edit

Storyline

The highly fictionalized story of Nellie Melba, Australian-born soprano who rose to operatic fame in the latter part of the 19th century and who had a dessert and form of dry toast (true) named after her. In her film debut, the Metropolitan opera's Patrice Munsel, plays the title role in a film that primarily strings together eight excerpts from well-known operas as well as one or two lighter numbers and a montage of famous opera personalities featuring the chorus of the Covent Garden Opera and members of the Sadler Wells Ballet. The story follows the career of Melba from the time she left her father's Australian cattle ranch and a suitor to travel to Paris to get her voice training, and picks up another suitor. She debuts in Brussells and is a smash hit followed by international fame. The suitor from Australia shows up in Monte Carlo, marries her and soon is cast in the role of "Mr. Melba" until he can take it no longer and returns to Australia, while Melba decides her voice belongs ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Shining With Glorious Music...Breathtaking Ballet...Unforgettable Romance!


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 August 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hechizo de Melba  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A J. Arthur Rank British-made film biography of Nellie Melba, to star Deanna Durbin, and to be produced in Technicolor by Sydney Box, was briefly considered in 1947. See more »

Soundtracks

O luce di quest' anima
from "Linda di Chamounix"
Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by Gaetano Rossi
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Nothing like the Dame
27 May 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Lewis Milestone said this film should have been called "Melba" like he should have been called "Napoleon". And he wasn't kidding. This 'biopic' has absolutely nothing to do with Dame Nellie Melba; people who complained about historical inaccuracies in "Amadeus" and "Topsy Turvy" should get a load of this!

For those who don't know, Nellie Melba was one of the most vigorous, dominating figures in the Arts at the turn of the twentieth century. Through her awesome talents and sheer determintaion she went from an obscure farmer's wife in Queensland to the reigning prima donna of her generation.

She was emphatically not the twittering soubrette that Patrice Munsel and company would have us believe, and its hard to find a single point where this film corresponds to reality. Madame Munsel's shrill, piercing tones also bear little resemblance to Melba's sublime and bewitching voice.

Taken on its own terms, "Melba" is a dead bore, a technicoloured and garish pastiche of what fame does to destroy love. Its quite ghastly and not even good camp.


2 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
'Melba' 1953 directed by Lewis Milestone hunterstewart
Has anybody got a copy of Melba on Video or DVD. grickards55-1
Discuss Melba (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?