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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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Cast

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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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Vesti la giubba
(uncredited)
from the opera "Pagliacci"
Music by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Sung by Mario Lanza
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For the 1st Time- One of Mario's Lasts ***
9 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The voice of Mario Lanza carries this nicely done film. The plot is a good one as a unreliable opera star finds love with a deaf mute girl.

Lanza was also a pretty good actor.

Zsa Zsa Gabor is in this one as a countess. She looks young but when she speaks, you think it's sister Eva talking from the "Green Acres" television show.

Lanza sings a variety of songs. His singing of the opera Othello is superb. I have to confess that I laughed when I saw a "dead" Desdemona besides him. The latter looked like a younger version of former Secretary of State Madeleine Allbright.

Our deaf mute gains her hearing only to lose it again with fiancée Mario blaming himself. The plot becomes silly when Mario begins a bar-room brawl and then the patrons of the bar try to exonerate him in court.

Sit back and listen to that beautiful golden voice of the late Lanza. What a talent was lost when he left us so unexpectedly.


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