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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
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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Bragadin: Signor Casanova, you do Venice a great honor by your visit.
Pippo Popolino: Oh, it's nothing. I like to spread it around.
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The Gondolier's Serenade
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There's Hope For Venice Yet
12 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of Bob Hope's funnier comedies was Casanova's Big Night which finds tailor's apprentice Hope exchanging places with the great Casanova who is played by Vincent Price in an unbilled cameo.

Casanova's been down on his luck lately and he's beating it out of town owing the butcher, baker, and candlestick maker as well as his valet, Basil Rathbone. But after Dutchess Hope Emerson and her son Robert Hutton catch Hope in Casanova's outfit, Rathbone and the creditors decide to let the ruse continue.

Emerson wants to hire the world's greatest lover to seduce her son's intended, Audrey Dalton, because she feels she's a titled goldigger. True, but that's beside the point. The proof will be if the great lover can steal a certain petticoat with a crest embroidered on it.

The Doge of Venice Arnold Moss and his two scheming aides Raymond Burr and John Carradine also have their doubts that Hope might not be the great Casanova. What could ever give them that idea?

By the way Cassanova's Big Night was unusual for Hope in that he went the entire film without one Crosby joke.

The palace intrigue is as thick as a cement pudding, but Hope manages to bumble through it with the help of Joan Fontaine who is one of the creditors. As is the case in all his films, she develops as a soft spot for old ski nose.

Paramount gave Hope an unusually good supporting cast here and they all perform well. Of course fans of the classics might well recognize that the plot was lifted from The Three Musketeers.

But can you imagine the havoc that three Bob Hopes would have caused Venice?

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