This highly fictionalized film traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan ... See full summary »
In the movie Lotta is 16 when she begins to perform. In reality she was only 6. In the movie her father is a gambler and ex-vaudevillian, he actually owned a bookstore. In the movie she sees Lola Montez for the first time, actually she and her family were friends with Lola and Lotta often played at Lola's home. In the movie she falls in love with Tom Richmond (Dale Robertson)and it is clear they will be married, actually she never married. See more »
Mitzi Gaynor as Lotta Crabtree, real-life Civil War-era chanteuse whose starstruck ambitions and songbird talents took her from her family's humble boarding-house to stages across the country. Fame-and-footlights drama designed for impressionable young girls of the 1950s, with old-fashioned songs and humor, Gaynor displaying the requisite spunk. Una Merkel is wearing as Lotta's disapproving mother, male supporting cast equally mediocre, while the Oscar-nominated song "Never" is practically buried underneath umpteen choruses of "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers". Directed in a perfunctory manner by Lloyd Bacon, who probably had one eye on the clock. *1/2 from ****
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