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Release Date:
23 March 1956 (USA) See more »
The most thrilling story-with-music ever made is Mario Lanza in 'Serenade.' All the quivering excitement of James M. Cain's best-seller...The story of a farm hand who won fame as a singer and almost lost his soul as a man! See more »
Damon Vincenti, a young vineyard worker, has a beautiful tenor voice and dreams of becoming a great opera singer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mario Lanza ... Damon Vincenti

Joan Fontaine ... Kendall Hale

Sara Montiel ... Juana Montes (as Sarita Montiel)

Vincent Price ... Charles Winthrop

Joseph Calleia ... Maestro Marcatello

Harry Bellaver ... Tonio

Vince Edwards ... Marco Roselli
Silvio Minciotti ... Lardelli
Frank Puglia ... Manuel Montes

Edward Platt ... Everett Carter
Licia Albanese ... Desdemona in 'Otello'
Jean Fenn ... Soprano in San Francisco
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdullah Abbas ... Accident Witness (uncredited)
Martha Acker ... American Woman (uncredited)
Francis Barnes ... Iago in 'Otello' (uncredited)
Stephen Bekassy ... Russell Hanson (uncredited)
Richard Cable ... Shepherd Boy in 'L'Arlesiana' (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Opera Attendee (uncredited)
Joe DeAngelo ... Busboy (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Opera Attendee (uncredited)
William Fox ... Busboy (uncredited)

Martin Garralaga ... Romero (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Jose Govea ... Paco (uncredited)
Diane Gump ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Helen Hawley ... Accident Witness (uncredited)

Fred Kelsey ... Opera Attendee (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Opera Attendee (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Richard Lert ... Conductor in 'L'Arlesiana' (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Opera Attendee (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Opera Attendee (uncredited)
Laura Mason ... Fedora in 'Fedora' (uncredited)
Bill McLean ... Gerald - Man at Party in Bullfighter's Hat (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Opera Attendee (uncredited)
Lillian Molieri ... Tosca in 'Tosca' (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Nick Moro ... Luigi the Waiter (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Chef (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Eduardo Noriega ... Felipe (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Vicente Padula ... Pagnil (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgway ... Girl at Don Giovanni Rehearsal (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Bass (uncredited)
Autumn Russell ... Accident Witness (uncredited)
Jack Santoro ... Busboy (uncredited)
María Luisa Serrano ... Rosa (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Sanroma (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Opera Attendee (uncredited)
April Stride ... Party Guest (uncredited)
José Torvay ... Mariachi Leader (uncredited)
Antonio Triana ... Man in The Bull (uncredited)
Don Turner ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Renata Vanni ... Village Woman (uncredited)
Joseph Vitale ... Baritone (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Policeman (uncredited)
Johnstone White ... Hughes - the Butler (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Giuseppe (uncredited)
Norma Zimmer ... Mimi in 'La Boheme' (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Mann 
Writing credits
Ivan Goff (screenplay) &
Ben Roberts (screenplay) and
John Twist (screenplay)

James M. Cain (novel)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer
Original Music by
Ray Heindorf (uncredited)
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley 
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler 
Production Design by
Edward Carrere 
Set Decoration by
William Wallace 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (as Charles Hansen)
Dick Moder .... assistant director
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound mixer
Dolph Thomas .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Higgs .... camera crew (uncredited)
Music Department
Ray Heindorf .... conductor
Other crew
Walter Ducloux .... technical advisor
Giacomo Spadoni .... technical advisor
Dorothy Wilson .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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121 min
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Belgium:Tous | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (original rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

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


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Mario Lanza's greatest Movie!, 28 November 2005
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Some might say that Mario Lanza was overweight and not in his best voice for this Movie, but that would be judging him by those factors alone. This in my opinion ironically is Lanza's best Movie ever! Serenade is a very dramatic Movie with great performances from the likes of Joan Fontaine and in particular Sarita Montiel who really makes this Picture. Add this to the beautiful colourful backdrops and a haunting and dramatic score in the use of 'Serenade', and what you have is a cocktail for a fabulous Movie! For a two hour Film this could have been 'over-long' but in fact the two hours fly by as the whole is so absorbing.

This lush Masterpiece from 1956 is so under-rated as to never have been released on either Video or DVD in the United Kingdom - and only on Video for a limited period in the USA. If you want to own this Movie you're going to have to be patient and hunt madly, but it will be well worth the time spent! And for those who've already seen it, they will want to own it also, and so you'll have some pretty stiff competition in obtaining one of those scarce copies! If you haven't seen it, then book yourself a night in when it is next shown on TV for a great piece of entertainment, and have the chocolates and wine at the ready for a good quality night's viewing!

This is a superb production - oh, and don't forget the tissues!

Simply magic!

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