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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 overview:
Tonio Costa
Johanna von Koczian ...
Ladislas Tabory
Hans Söhnker ...
Prof. Bruckner (as Hans Sonker)
Mathilde Faktotum
Sandro Giglio ...
Walter Rilla ...
Dr. Bessart
Renzo Cesana ...
Peter Capell ...
Leopold Hübner
Gisella Mathews
Michael Cosmo ...
Carlo Rizzo
John Stein
Manfred Schaeffer ...
(as Manfred Schaffer)
Gloria De Vadnuz


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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26 August 1959 (USA)  »

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Probably my favorite Mario
1 July 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie holds a special place in my heart. My mum and dad took me to see it at the local cinema when I was only 8 years old and very soon after that, I was the proud owner of the soundtrack LP that my parents bought for me. My father always hated rock'n'roll, so he was pleased I took an interest in Mario Lanza. Since I played the soundtrack ad nauseum I got to know the selections backwards so it's hard for me to knock anything about Lanza's performances, because seeing this movie again on video after about 45 years was like visiting an old friend. I really don't know or care enough about opera to criticize, but the arias here sound mighty fine to me, as does 'La Dona Mobile' in the rain on the car rooftop and 'O Sole Mio' at the wedding party, etc. The song "Pineapple Picker" isn't so much rock'n'roll (as some reviewers have stated) as calypso. It's fun and kinda ordinary until Mario hits that last note. A tear jerker movie to be sure, and fun too, but what really brings tears to my eyes is the pathos and feeling in that magnificent tenor. The movie itself is a colorful, breezy, late '50s romp through Italy and Europe. Even Zsa Zsa isn't annoying. Highly recommended unless you can't stand opera, because there is a lot of music here. Ironically, "For The First Time" was, in fact, for the last time for Mario. He died a year later.... some say under suspicious circumstances.

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