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The Toast of New Orleans (1950)

Approved | | Musical | 24 August 1950 (USA)
Snooty opera singer meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing! Her agent lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to... See full summary »

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Norman Taurog
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kathryn Grayson ... Suzette Micheline
Mario Lanza ... Pepe Abellard Duvalle
David Niven ... Jacques Riboudeaux
J. Carrol Naish ... Nicky Duvalle
James Mitchell ... Pierre
Richard Hageman Richard Hageman ... Maestro P. Trellini
Clinton Sundberg ... Oscar
Sig Arno ... Mayor
Rita Moreno ... Tina
Romo Vincent ... Manuelo
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Storyline

Snooty opera singer meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing! Her agent lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to regret this rash decision when the singers fall in love. Written by Ed Lorusso

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fisherman | fishing | See All (2) »

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M-G-M's Technicolor Fiesta! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Fischer von Louisiana See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

David Niven admitted in his autobiography that he resented being made to do this film. See more »

Goofs

Three-quarters of the way through the "Tina-Lina," Pierre's trousers develop a tear at the seam near the hip, which magically repairs itself in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Oscar: Since society began there's been a way of doing things right and a way of doing them wrong.
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Connections

Referenced in M-G-M Jubilee Overture (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Be My Love
(uncredited)
by Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn
Sung by Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson
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My Favorite Mario Lanza
11 December 2003 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

"Toast of New Orleans" is an interesting little period musical, an admirable vehicle for Mario Lanza and his opera songs. This is my third Lanza musical after "Because You're Mine"(1952) and "For the First Time"(1959) and so far it is my favorite.

In spite of being an MGM musical, "Toast of New Orleans" is more in line with the nostalgic period froths and extravaganzas that were common at the Fox studio. The Technicolor and period costumes here are as enchantingly garish and gorgeous as those at Fox. Lanza plays a Bayou fisherman who is discovered by David Niven and falls in love with a fellow opera star named Suzette played by Kathryn Grayson. I found their love scenes somehow cold and unmemorable; however, the songs "Be My Love," and some arias from Madame Butterfly, Carmen, and La Traviata are sublimely potent and unforgettable.


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