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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

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Pippo Popolino
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Donna Elena Di Gambetta
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Lucio / Narrator
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Stefano Di Gambetta
Arnold Moss ...
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Minister Foressi
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Maggiorin
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Duchess of Castelbello
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Raphael, Duc of Castelbello
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Emo the Murderer (as Lon Chaney)
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Signora Di Gambetta
Primo Carnera ...
Corfa
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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)  »

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Mr. Casanova  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Unusually for a light-hearted comedy, the cast contains four horror movie icons: Basil Rathbone, Lon Chaney Jr., Vincent Price, and John Carradine. 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

Francesca Bruni: [selecting a merchant to play Casanova] You! You will be Casanova.
Amadeo: Me? But I have seventeen children.
Lucio: Well, that's recommendation enough.
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Connections

Version of Casanova (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gondolier's Serenade
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Written by Joseph J. Lilley
Lyrics by Mack David and Bebe Black
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All-Star Comedy
12 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A good all-star cast in a very cute comedy film about, who else, the great lover Casanova! Bob Hope was as cute as can be as Pippo Popolino (aka Casanova's double). Casanova is actually played by the late great Vincent Price who was uncredited. Casanova ended up spending to much of his money and couldn't pay what he owed, so talked Pippo into taking over as himself which leads into some comical moments.

Casting is superb! Bob Hope, Raymond Burr, Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, John Carradine & Lon Chaney are the real reasons to watch this film. Story is fun, nothing heavy here - just silly comedy. The film is eye-candy in sets and costuming with rich technicolor bringing this out! 7.5/10


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