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So This Is Love (1953)

Approved | | Biography, Music, Musical | 15 July 1953 (USA)
Biopic of opera star Grace Moore, who was killed in a plane crash in 1947.

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Biopic of opera star Grace Moore, who was killed in a plane crash in 1947.

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When she shimmied, the show world shook! When she sang, the whole world thrilled!


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Kathryn Grant's film debut. See more »

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Si, mi chiamo Mimi (Mimi's Aria)
(uncredited)
From the opera "La Bohème"
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Lyrics by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Sung by Kathryn Grayson
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Only half a biography since it tells only half of her story...
30 April 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

SO THIS IS LOVE is said to be based on a biography of singer Grace Moore, but it only touches on her early life and determination to become an opera singer, up until her New York City debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in "La Boheme." Before it reaches that point, it gives KATHRYN GRAYSON a chance to sing a variety of songs in coloratura style, but since the story does not cover Miss Moore's Hollywood career at all, many of her most well-known songs had to be omitted. Instead, we get a sprinkling of a few opera numbers and many other pop standards, all of them suitable for Grayson's voice. She's in fine form vocally and delivers all of the songs with her customary charm and grace.

MERV GRIFFIN, before his celebrity and TV fame, makes his second appearance in a movie as one of Miss Moore's admirers and gets to warble "I Kiss Your Hand Madame" while doing a nice job on the vocals. WALTER ABEL and ANN DORAN play Grayson's parents, not at all thrilled that she wants to leave her small town life for a fling at stardom in the big city.

Grayson has a role that is tailor-made for her own background as a singer. DOUGLAS DICK is rather colorless as another disappointed suitor who can't compete with her operatic ambitions, but FORTUNIO BONANOVA is excellent as a sympathetic voice coach who makes sure that she takes proper care of her throat condition before returning to him for his coaching.

The story simply ends with her first appearance at the Met as Mimi in "La Boheme." Opera fans should enjoy this tribute to Miss Moore, and fans of Miss Grayson should appreciate the care taken to photograph her in beautiful close-ups while she takes aim at arias by Gounod and Puccini.


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