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Director:
Writers:
Hal Kanter (written for the screen by) and
Edmund L. Hartmann (written for the screen by) ...
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Release Date:
12 April 1954 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
A meek tailor thinks his wooing will be helped if he assumes the identity of the famous Casanova...who's deeply in debt. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
There's Hope For Venice Yet See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Hope ... Pippo Popolino

Joan Fontaine ... Francesca Bruni

Audrey Dalton ... Elena Di Gambetta

Basil Rathbone ... Lucio / Narrator

Hugh Marlowe ... Stefano Di Gambetta
Arnold Moss ... The Doge

John Carradine ... Foressi

John Hoyt ... Maggiorin
Hope Emerson ... Duchess of Castelbello
Robert Hutton ... Raphael, Duc of Castelbello

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Emo the Murderer (as Lon Chaney)

Raymond Burr ... Bragadin
Frieda Inescort ... Signora Di Gambetta
Primo Carnera ... Corfa
Frank Puglia ... Carabaccio
Paul Cavanagh ... Signor Alberto Di Gambetta
Romo Vincent ... Giovanni

Henry Brandon ... Capt. Rugello

Natalie Schafer ... Signora Foressi

Douglas Fowley ... Second Prisoner
Nestor Paiva ... Gnocchi
Lucien Littlefield ... First Prisoner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alden ... Maggiorin's Ruffian (uncredited)
John Alderson ... Outside Guard (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Amadeo (uncredited)
Charles Cooley ... Manservant (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Ambassador (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Mounted Guard (uncredited)
Dan Dowling ... Cloth Merchant (uncredited)
Trippe Elan ... Small Boy (uncredited)
Marla English ... Girl on Bridge (uncredited)
Fritz Feld ... Diplomat (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Marquesa (uncredited)
Barbara Freking ... Maria (uncredited)

Kathryn Grant ... Girl on Bridge (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Court Guard (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Assistant Headsman (uncredited)
Arline Hunter ... Girl in Window (uncredited)
Richard Karlan ... Outside Guard (uncredited)
Walter Kingsford ... Minister (uncredited)
Skelton Knaggs ... Little Man (uncredited)
Edith Leslie ... (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Attendant (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Regniacci (uncredited)

Vincent Price ... Casanova (uncredited)
Keith Richards ... Servant (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Jailer (uncredited)
Dick Sands ... Headsman (uncredited)
Joan Shawlee ... Beatrice D'Brizzi (uncredited)
Rexene Stevens ... Swimmer (uncredited)
Joseph Vitale ... Guard on Steps (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Townsman (uncredited)

Anthony Warde ... (uncredited)
Paul Wexler ... Tall Prisoner (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod 
 
Writing credits
Hal Kanter (written for the screen by) and
Edmund L. Hartmann (written for the screen by) (as Edmund Hartmann)

Aubrey Wisberg (story)

Produced by
Paul Jones .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lyn Murray 
 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
 
Art Direction by
Albert Nozaki 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ross Dowd 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes: women)
Yvonne Wood (costumes: men)
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Roy Burns .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Moore .... assistant director
Ralph Axness .... assistant director (uncredited)
Henry E. Brill .... assistant director (uncredited)
Cliff Reid Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Fred Steiner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Josephine Earl .... dances stager
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Fred Cavens .... fencing trainer (uncredited)
Fred Cavens .... supervisor: dueling scenes (uncredited)
Hilda Grenier .... technical director (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mr. Casanova" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
86 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:
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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Movie Connections:
Version of Giacomo Casanova (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Gondolier's SerenadeSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
There's Hope For Venice Yet, 12 September 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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