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That Midnight Kiss (1949)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 20 January 1950 (Australia)
In Philadelphia, the soprano Prudence Budell returns from Europe after a period of five years training in the best Europeans music schools. Her millionaire grandmother Abigail Trent Budell ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Bruce Manning (screenplay), Tamara Hovey (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Grayson ... Prudence Budell
José Iturbi ... José Iturbi (as Jose Iturbi)
Ethel Barrymore ... Abigail Trent Budell
Mario Lanza ... Johnny Donnetti
Keenan Wynn ... Artie Geoffrey Glenson
J. Carrol Naish ... Papa Donnetti
Jules Munshin ... Michael Pemberton
Thomas Gomez ... Guido Russino Betelli
Marjorie Reynolds ... Mary
Arthur Treacher ... Hutchins
Mimi Aguglia ... Mamma Donnetti
Amparo Iturbi Amparo Iturbi ... Amparo Iturbi
Bridget Carr ... Donna Donnetti
Amparo Ballester Amparo Ballester ... Rosina Donnetti
Ann Codee ... Mme. Bouget
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Storyline

In Philadelphia, the soprano Prudence Budell returns from Europe after a period of five years training in the best Europeans music schools. Her millionaire grandmother Abigail Trent Budell sponsors an opera company under the command of the famous maestro Jose Iturbi to give a chance to Prudence to lead an opera. They hire the also famous tenor Guido Russino Betelli, but Prudence does not feel comfortable with him on the stage. When Prudence accidentally sees the American-Italian truck driver Johnny Donnetti singing opera, she convinces Jose Iturbi to give a chance to Johnny. They fall in love for each other, but when Prudence visits his work to tell that he will be hired, she meets Mary and she believes Johnny is in love of his colleague. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The biggest kiss in movie history! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

20 January 1950 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

El beso de medianoche See more »

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Budget:

$1,701,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last film appearance of José Iturbi. Iturbi left Hollywood because his movie appearances were doing damage to his career as a conductor and concert pianist, as music critics were accusing him of "cheap exhibitionism" for appearing in Hollywood films. See more »

Goofs

When Prudence and Jose go to Mama Donetti's restaurant, she opens the front door twice between shots. See more »

Quotes

Abigail Trent Budell: Every opera singer should fall in love with her tenor, or composer, or baritone, or conductor. I'm glad it's a tenor. We could use one.
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Soundtracks

Mama mia, che vo sapé
(uncredited)
from "Cavalleria rusticana"
Music by Pietro Mascagni
Libretto by Guido Menasci and Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti
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Mario Lanza Sings That's All Any Musical Needs
5 September 2006 | by Sharclon8See all my reviews

I tend to agree with the critics of the time: If Mario Lanza was in the movie it was worth seeing. Even though this musical contained a wonderfully talented cast Mario Lanza still shines out and that is saying something. Any musical that was fortunate enough to have Jose Iturbi and his sister Amparo Iturbi who were concert pianists of great magnitude plus Kathryn Grayson who was no slouch in the singing department herself. Throw in Ethel Barrymore of the First Family of Actors and it is a lucky movie musical indeed. But in my opinion even with all of that Mario Lanza is the reason to see this movie. What a voice! Who cares if he could act or not. His acting was more than adequate. No one expected him to be an Oscar winner. Of course the plot to the musical was thin, most of those MGM musical plots were. But any musical that has Mario Lanza in it is worth seeing again and again.


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