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Serenade (1956)

 -  Drama  -  23 March 1956 (USA)
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Damon Vincenti, a young vineyard worker, has a beautiful tenor voice and dreams of becoming a great opera singer. He debuts at Lardelli's Italian restaurant in San Francisco, where he is ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Damon Vincenti
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Kendall Hale
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Juana Montes (as Sarita Montiel)
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Charles Winthrop
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Maestro Marcatello
Harry Bellaver ...
Tonio
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Marco Roselli
Silvio Minciotti ...
Lardelli
Frank Puglia ...
Manuel Montes
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Everett Carter
Licia Albanese ...
Desdemona in 'Otello'
Jean Fenn ...
Soprano in San Francisco
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Damon Vincenti, a young vineyard worker, has a beautiful tenor voice and dreams of becoming a great opera singer. He debuts at Lardelli's Italian restaurant in San Francisco, where he is spotted by Kendall Hale, a society girl who enjoys launching young artists while making them her lovers before dumping them after use. Damon is no exception to the rule: he becomes famous but Kendall leaves him abruptly. He feels so affected that he must give up singing. In Mexico, where he has got back in touch with his inner self, Damon meets Juana Montès.They are happy and get married. But Kendall is still around... Written by Guy Bellinger

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The Thrill of His Voice! Thrill of a Great Story! See more »

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23 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Serenata  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Warner Brothers bought the screen rights to the book in February 1944 and over the next 10 years various people were associated with it. At one point Ann Sheridan and Dennis Morgan were set to co star and later Michael Curtiz was set to direct. See more »

Quotes

Damon Vincenti: Hey! Are you hiring a singer or a bookkeeper?
Lardelli: Oho, he IS a tenor!
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Remade as The Broken Disk (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Lamento di Federico
(uncredited)
from "L'Arlesiana"
Music by Francesco Cilea
Libretto by Leopoldo Marenco
Performed by Mario Lanza
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The best film of all!
7 January 2005 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

Well, I'd like to say that I've seen this film, "Serenade", for not so long time ago - just yesterday. It was dubbed into Russian pretty good. There's a TV channel in Russia called "Culture", and TV programs and films goes there WITHOUT ANY ADDS! Can you imagine it? I can! So, yesterday I've made a very good tape record of "Serenade" (on VHS, NOT SVHS, tape recorder), and I'd like to say a few words on this film. When I watched it for the first time (now it was for the third time), it hasn't made anything to me, that is, I thought the film is good and that's all. But now I think that it is not all. I can tell you that yesterday I hardly could help... crying! Yes, that's it! Because there was Mario Lanza and there certainly was Sara Montiel, the most beautiful woman in the world. If it happened that you haven't seen this film yet, please, watch it! What for? I beg you pardon, if you don't like Mario's singing(!), just watch it to enjoy Sara, her voice and her eyes. Remember NOT TO MISS the scene in the final, in which Sara plays just... so fine that you cannot believe your eyes and your ears. But don't worry about her - she would be all right! There is also a lot of high-class music (not only fascinating Othello's aria from Verdi's opera worths mentioning!). In all aspects, this is indeed one of the best film of all movies of all times and peoples. If I could give it 1,000 - I would, but I can give 10 maximum... Just so fine that you cannot believe yourself! (I'm deeply sorry for my bad English.)


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