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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 »
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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)

Anthony Warde ... (uncredited)
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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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia:
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 »
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.See more »
Quotes:
Francesca Bruni:Your lips are fire.
Pippo Popolino:I know. Saves a fortune on matches. Don't turn in the alarm.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Casanova (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Tic-A-Tic-A-TicSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The Great Hope, 9 February 2002
Author: artzau from Sacramento, CA

Hope was at his peak when this film was made. It has many of the same elements as his Monsieur Baucaire, a costume drama about a person above his station carrying out an impersonation, getting involved with good looking chicks, fighting comic duels, etc. Hollywood back in the late 40s and early 50s was not above recycling a hit. I love seeing these old films again with the great comedians of those times, Danny Kaye, Red Skelton and, of course, Hope. Their timing and ability to make the corniest gags work still amazes me. Also, this film has so many of the wonderful character actors that made the old studio productions such a treat. These are faces that only the most serious of trivia buffs will recognize and put the names on, but here we have Arnold Moss, Frank Puglia, John Carridine, Lon Chaney Jr., John Hoyt, Primo Carnera, Hugh Marlowe and a very young Raymond Burr. The comparisons by another reviewer with Woody Allen are interesting but, hey! Hope was first.

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