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Casanova's Big Night (1954)

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A meek tailor thinks his wooing will be helped if he assumes the identity of the famous Casanova...who's deeply in debt.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pippo Popolino
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Elena Di Gambetta
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Lucio / Narrator
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Stefano Di Gambetta
Arnold Moss ...
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Foressi
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Maggiorin
Hope Emerson ...
Duchess of Castelbello
Robert Hutton ...
Raphael, Duc of Castelbello
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Emo the Murderer (as Lon Chaney)
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Frieda Inescort ...
Signora Di Gambetta
Primo Carnera ...
Corfa
Frank Puglia ...
Carabaccio
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Storyline

Italy, 1757. Lowly tailor Pippo Popolino disguises himself as the great Casanova in order to romance attractive widow Francesca. He little suspects what he's getting into: locked into the incongruous role by the desperation of the real Casanova's creditors, Pippo must journey to Venice on a delicate mission far beyond his capabilities. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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12 April 1954 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Casanova  »

Box Office

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$3,500,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent Price lost credit for his performance as The Real Casanova when he was caught up in the Joseph McCarthy-era "Red Scare" hysteria that swept the US in the 1950s. See more »

Goofs

When Pippo swoons from kissing Beatrice D'Brizzi, actress Joan Shawlee who plays Beatrice looks off-camera and smiles, breaking character, apparently amused over Bob Hope hamming up his swoon and ad libbing. Similarly, Joan Fontaine visibly cracks up during her initial scene with Hope. See more »

Quotes

Pippo Popolino: This is Lucio, my food taster.
Foressi: Your food taster?
Pippo Popolino: Yes. You can't get good food tasters these days. The slightest hint of poison and they quit!
Francesca Bruni: [after laughter] Lucio is my cousin's ninth food taster.
Pippo Popolino: Tenth, counting Mother.
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Version of The Loves of Casanova (1927) See more »

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Tic-A-Tic-A-Tic
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Bob Hope (uncredited)
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The Great Hope
9 February 2002 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Hope was at his peak when this film was made. It has many of the same elements as his Monsieur Baucaire, a costume drama about a person above his station carrying out an impersonation, getting involved with good looking chicks, fighting comic duels, etc. Hollywood back in the late 40s and early 50s was not above recycling a hit. I love seeing these old films again with the great comedians of those times, Danny Kaye, Red Skelton and, of course, Hope. Their timing and ability to make the corniest gags work still amazes me. Also, this film has so many of the wonderful character actors that made the old studio productions such a treat. These are faces that only the most serious of trivia buffs will recognize and put the names on, but here we have Arnold Moss, Frank Puglia, John Carridine, Lon Chaney Jr., John Hoyt, Primo Carnera, Hugh Marlowe and a very young Raymond Burr. The comparisons by another reviewer with Woody Allen are interesting but, hey! Hope was first.


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