MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 52 this week

Serenade (1956)

 -  Drama  -  23 March 1956 (USA)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 294 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 5 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 41 titles
created 03 Aug 2011
 
list image
a list of 38 titles
created 25 Nov 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 26 Nov 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 09 Jul 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Serenade" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Serenade (1956)

Serenade (1956) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Serenade.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Christabel fools everyone with her sweet exterior including her cousin Donna and Donna's wealthy fiancée Curtis. The only one who sees through her facade is Nick, a rugged writer who loves ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: Mel Ferrer, Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The brilliance of one of the world's most beloved tenors and the exciting world of opera highlight this delightful romantic adventure set in the most beautiful cities of Europe. Tonio Costa... See full summary »

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Mario Lanza, Johanna von Koczian, Kurt Kasznar
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Based on James Barrie's play "Alice Sit-By-The-Fire". In turn-of-the-century New York, a young girl who believes she's learned "the seamy side of life" from a risque play takes it upon ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Joan Fontaine, John Lund, Mona Freeman
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An industrialist (Joseph Cotton) and a pianist (Joan Fontaine) meet on a trip and fall in love. Through a quirk of fate, they are reported dead in a crash though they weren't on the plane. ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Joseph Cotten, Françoise Rosay
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hank Whirling tries to keep his financially troubled circus on the road despite the efforts of a saboteur who has determined that the show must not go on.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Victor Mature, Red Buttons, Rhonda Fleming
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In Philadelphia, the soprano Prudence Budell returns from Europe after a period of five years training in the best Europeans music schools. Her millionaire grandmother Abigail Trent Budell ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Kathryn Grayson, José Iturbi, Ethel Barrymore
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lt. Col. Robert (Dutch) Holland was a third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, not a pitcher. While at spring training a B-36 flew over the field and Dutch was standing on third base. ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Lovejoy
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Here is a quality sword and sandal epic with a great cast that has been overlooked for years.

Director: Fernando Cerchio
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Edmund Purdom
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Double-agent Alexander Eberlin is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin. Only Eberlin knows that Krasnevin is none other than himself! Accompanying ... See full summary »

Directors: Anthony Mann, Laurence Harvey
Stars: Laurence Harvey, Tom Courtenay, Mia Farrow
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dominique, a law student at the Sorbonne, is engaged to a fellow classmate. Unfortunately, she's more attracted to his philandering Uncle Luc, who's married to the charming Francoise. Dominique and Luc begin a tawdry affair.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Rossano Brazzi, Joan Fontaine, Bradford Dillman
Cimarron (1960)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The epic saga of a frontier family, Cimarron starts with the Oklahoma Land Rush on 22 April 1889. The Cravet family builds their newspaper Oklahoma Wigwam into a business empire and Yancey ... See full summary »

Directors: Anthony Mann, Charles Walters
Stars: Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter
Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Mario Costa
Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Vincent Price, Giulia Rubini
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Damon Vincenti
...
Kendall Hale
...
Juana Montes (as Sarita Montiel)
...
Charles Winthrop
...
Maestro Marcatello
Harry Bellaver ...
Tonio
...
Marco Roselli
Silvio Minciotti ...
Lardelli
Frank Puglia ...
Manuel Montes
...
Everett Carter
Licia Albanese ...
Desdemona in 'Otello'
Jean Fenn ...
Soprano in San Francisco
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

23 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Serenata  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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!
See more »

Connections

Remade as The Broken Disk (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Nessun dorma
(uncredited)
from "Turandot"
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami Renato Simoni
Performed by Mario Lanza
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Sarita saves Mario from Joan's predatory clutches!
28 April 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

When this one was released I was still dazzled by the sleek beauty of the line of 1956 Lincoln automobiles. So, in the opening sequence, when Joan Fontaine, with her protege, Vince Edwards (playing a hot-headed boxer), in a "long, low, luxurious Lincoln" convertible (top down, of course), stop by the side of a vineyard where Mario Lanza is laboring (quite without any sign of perspiration, by the way...must have been an unseasonably cool day, despite the blazing sunshine!), to ask directions, I was hooked. The fire-engine red Premiere convertible is as lovingly photographed as the stars and it wasn't until Sarita Montiel, playing Mario's true love, Juana, makes her entrance, that I ceased wishing that resplendent automobile would again appear to do justice to the use of Technicolor (oops!), I mean, Warnercolor, in this soap-with-music.

Sarita, though her list of Spanish language films is quite awesome, never enjoyed much of a career in Hollywood films. (We weren't nearly as accepting of non-Anglo leading ladies back then.) She is just gorgeous in this one and her playing as the fiery and passionate (what else?!?) Juana helped Mario convince us that he was a man who could be snatched from the diabolical and devastating ensnarements of Joan Fontaine's spoiled heiress, Kendall Hale. The introduction of her character, when Mario flees in disgrace to Mexico, permits a scenic and worth-the-price-of-admission tour of Mexican locales.

The music is fairly well presented in this one. Not being an opera connoisseur, I am not qualified to comment knowledgeably on Mr. Lanza's renditions of operatic excerpts, but I have always found his tenor voice to be among the most listenable (So many of them just bleat!), and his constant reprising of the title song throughout this movie did not grow tiresome, at least to these ears.

A side note: Mario's father, quite a dear old gentleman, who had remarried, lived down the street in the Huntington Palisades section of Pacific Palisades, in southern California, where my family owned a home. I frequently saw Mario's Cadillac parked in his father's driveway, but, alas!, never caught a glimpse of the golden-voiced Mario himself, who was, you may be sure, his father's pride and joy.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Official DVD finally released derekmcgovern
Joan Fontaine marhefka
Is there a serenade? GeoSlv
Discuss Serenade (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?