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For the First Time (1959)

 -  Musical  -  26 August 1959 (USA)
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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 »

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Tonio Costa
Johanna von Koczian ...
Christa
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Ladislas Tabory
Hans Söhnker ...
Prof. Bruckner (as Hans Sonker)
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Mathilde Faktotum
Sandro Giglio ...
Alessandro
Walter Rilla ...
Dr. Bessart
Renzo Cesana ...
Angelo
Peter Capell ...
Leopold Hübner
Gisella Mathews
Michael Cosmo ...
Aldo
Carlo Rizzo
John Stein
Manfred Schaeffer ...
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Gloria De Vadnuz
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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 (Mario Lanza), the temperamental darling of the opera world, is forever missing performances because of impromptu street concerts and endless parties. But Tonio's carefree ways change when he falls in love with Christa, a beautiful deaf girl. Christa refuses to marry him until she can hear his sublime voice. So they embark upon a whirlwind concert tour of Europe where Christa consults with specialists while Tonio sings his heart out. Their love grows stronger and they realize that as long as they are together they can face whatever the future holds. Lush, exotic locations, fabulous operatic performances and the magic of Mario Lanza give this sparkling love story the look and sound of enchantment. Written by Anonymous

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Mario's swan song is a pleasant diversion
22 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lanza's last film is an enjoyable lightweight concoction with some lovely scenery and the star in glorious voice. The story is a bit hard to swallow but since his films were never the bedrock of reality this one is about par for the course. He performs many songs and as usual those are the strongest parts of the film since Mario was more of a personality than an actor but his part doesn't demand too much of him and he does fine with it. While Lanza sounds wonderful he's not looking his best, probably a result of his hard living ways which of course resulted in his passing shortly after the completion of this film. Someone who is a knockout is Zsa Zsa Gabor, her part is small but she perks up the picture every time she sweeps onto the screen beautifully dressed and oozing a sophistication that would be hard to find today.


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