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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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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)  »

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

Lon Chaney Jr, Basil Rathbone and John Carradine would be reunited two years in The Black Sleep (1956). Years later they would be reunited again in Hillbillies In A Haunted House (1967). See more »

Goofs

Pippo is thrown off the balcony by The Real Casanova, and when he bounces on the cemented flagstones in the street, one of the flagstones bounces with him. 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 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gondolier's Serenade
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph J. Lilley
Lyrics by Mack David and Bebe Black
(Used instrumentally)
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Lavish set and costumes enhance this film
5 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Other reviewers have noted the fine cast in "Casanova's Big Night." Bob Hope was an excellent stand-up comedian, but his shtick in movies begins to wear thin rather fast. Part of it may be a lack of freshness among his writers, and part may be his performances. This film has an interesting premise, and some good comedy "action" scenes. Two things that boost it a notch or two above most of his films are the excellent costumes and sets in this film; and Hope's performance as a foreign baroness, especially his hilarious dance scene with the main villain, The Doge.

The supporting cast are all quite good, and some big names in Hollywood of that time. Joan Fontaine, Basil Rathbone, Vincent Price, John Carradine, Raymond Burr and others. After I watched the film recently and saw Lon Chaney Jr. in the credits, I had to go back and watch his part again. The makeup was so good I still couldn't identify him clearly in Emo the Murderer.


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