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Casanova's Big Night (1954)

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 overview, first billed only:
Pippo Popolino
Donna Elena Di Gambetta
Lucio / Narrator
Stefano Di Gambetta
Minister Foressi
Duchess of Castelbello
Raphael, Duc of Castelbello
Emo the Murderer (as Lon Chaney)
Signora Di Gambetta
Primo Carnera ...


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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Release Date:

12 April 1954 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Casanova  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When a tablecloth catches onto Pippo during his dance with Elena, all the far-end plates and glass goblets adhere to the tablecloth, obviously glued. It's much funnier this way than a floor covered realistically in broken glass. See more »


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 »


Lucio: Signora Bruni, there is nothing in Casanova's technique I have not seen through keyholes or heard through closed doors.
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Featured in The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978) See more »


The Gondolier's Serenade
Written by Joseph J. Lilley
Lyrics by Mack David and Bebe Black
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classic Bob Hope movie
16 May 2002 | by (las vegas nevada) – See all my reviews

What a treat to see Bob impersonate the greatest of all lovers-Casanova. This is a wonderfully entertaining movie which keeps you amused throughout the entire film.Basil Rathbone as usual up to top form. Did he ever play anything but a scoundrel in all his movies? There are so many highlights it is difficult to choose any favorites,but the best would be at the end of the movie when Hope as Casanova is to be executed and appeals to the movie audience to spare him ,is one of the funniest scenes ever done.Next time you go to the movies take some popcorn with you and we may be able to save Bob from a fate worse than death.

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