Screen Directors Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 34

The Day I Met Caruso (5 Sep. 1956)

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A ten-year-old girl meets famed opera singer Enrico Caruso on a train between Boston and New York. She admonishes him for his extravagant lifestyle, but she is softened up somewhat when Caruso begins to sing arias from her favorite operas.

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Walter Coy ...
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Barbara Eiler ...
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Tito Vuolo ...
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A ten-year-old girl meets famed opera singer Enrico Caruso on a train between Boston and New York. She admonishes him for his extravagant lifestyle, but she is softened up somewhat when Caruso begins to sing arias from her favorite operas.

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Roll Over Caruso and Tell George Cohan the News
10 July 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is one of the weakest episodes of SCREEN DIRECTORS PLAYHOUSE, which seems astonishing given that Zoe Akins scripted and Frank Borzage directed.

Really, it comes down to an excuse to play selections of Caruso recordings. This is a reasonable, even fine thing to have, but ninety percent of it is shot cheaply with Sandy Descher as a young Quaker girl and Lotfi Mansouri as Caruso in a private rail car and most of that time seems to consist of a repeated one-shot of Miss Descher gazing raptly -- at Caruso while he sings.

Nonetheless there is a bit of subtext to this short. The little Quaker girl plays Caruso opera records at home and one of Caruso's numbers is his cover of George M. Cohan's "Over There". There was an era when American culture had not fractured irremediably; while one person's preference might be for opera and another's for Cohan, it would be viewed as a matter of taste and a well-rounded individual would be on at least nodding acquaintance with both. The 1950s, which we mock nowadays for its stultifying conformity was the last era when that consensus held, when you might see a new Bugs Bunny movie which used a Rossini opera as its starting point. Then Rock and Roll arose and culture wars began. We are all poorer for it.

That doesn't make this particularly worth watching. However, you can find Caruso recordings for sale on Itune. He did sing with the voice of an angel.


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