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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 »

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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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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

José Iturbi and Amparo Iturbi were brother and sister and have a scene playing twin pianos. 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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Connections

References In the Good Old Summertime (1949) See more »

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Love Is Music
Based on "Symphony No. 5"
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Mario Lanza makes his film debut...glossy MGM musical...
11 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

It was only natural that when Mario Lanza made his film debut, MGM cast him opposite their current operatic diva, Kathryn Grayson, and showcased both of them in a sumptuous technicolor musical.

This film also marked the last film of Jose Iturbi, who lent his talent and charm to a number of MGM musicals in the '40s. The story is a simple one: opera singer Grayson would like to have a tenor who looks the part of the tenor role. When Lanza, a singing truck driver is discovered, she gets her wish--and a happy ending isn't far away. Humor of the painful kind is furnished by Jules Munshin and J. Carrol Naish but nothing really matters when Lanza and Grayson burst into song. Among the song highlights: Donizetti's "Una Furtiva Lagrima" and Verdi's "Celeste Aida". Grayson, who always had a burning ambition to be an opera singer, does a fine job on "Cara Nome" with her bright soprano.

The schmaltz is pretty thick--but fans of Grayson and Lanza will certainly enjoy this trifle. And, oh yes, Ethel Barrymore is prominent among the supporting players showing a droll sense of humor.


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