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Casanova's Big Night (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy | 12 April 1954 (UK)
A meek tailor thinks his wooing will be helped if he assumes the identity of the famous Casanova...who's deeply in debt.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Hal Kanter (written for the screen by), Edmund L. Hartmann (written for the screen by) (as Edmund Hartmann) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Pippo Popolino
Joan Fontaine ... Francesca Bruni
Audrey Dalton ... Donna Elena Di Gambetta
Basil Rathbone ... Lucio / Narrator
Hugh Marlowe ... Stefano Di Gambetta
Arnold Moss ... The Doge
John Carradine ... Minister Foressi
John Hoyt ... Maggiorin
Hope Emerson ... Duchess of Castelbello
Robert Hutton ... Raphael, Duc of Castelbello
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Emo the Murderer (as Lon Chaney)
Raymond Burr ... Minister Bragadin
Frieda Inescort ... Signora Di Gambetta
Primo Carnera Primo Carnera ... Corfa
Frank Puglia ... Carabaccio
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Storyline

Italy, 1757. Lowly tailor Pippo Popolino disguises himself as the great Casanova in order to romance attractive widow Francesca. He little suspects what he's getting into: locked into the incongruous role by the desperation of the real Casanova's creditors, Pippo must journey to Venice on a delicate mission far beyond his capabilities. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The hilarious story of Casanova - history's greatest wolf !

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Casanova See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Second of three movies Lon Chaney Jr and Vincent Price appeared in together. The first was Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) and last The Haunted Palace (1963) See more »

Goofs

When Pippo swoons from kissing Beatrice D'Brizzi, actress Joan Shawlee who plays Beatrice looks off-camera and smiles, breaking character, apparently amused over Bob Hope hamming up his swoon and ad libbing. Similarly, Joan Fontaine visibly cracks up during her initial scene with Hope. See more »

Quotes

Maria: Casanova, in person?
Pippo Popolino: In person, in love, and in a hurry. Kiss me!
[Pippo embraces Maria fiercely]
Maria: Oh, sir, you're too impetuous.
Pippo Popolino: I have to work fast. Venice is a big city. I'm getting to the age where I can only work a couple of canals a day.
Maria: But there should always be some polite conversation first.
Pippo Popolino: Well, if you insist on formalities - "Delightful weather we're having." Conversation over. Kiss me!
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Connections

Referenced in Casanova (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gondolier's Serenade
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph J. Lilley
Lyrics by Mack David and Bebe Black
(Used instrumentally)
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There's Hope For Venice Yet
12 September 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of Bob Hope's funnier comedies was Casanova's Big Night which finds tailor's apprentice Hope exchanging places with the great Casanova who is played by Vincent Price in an unbilled cameo.

Casanova's been down on his luck lately and he's beating it out of town owing the butcher, baker, and candlestick maker as well as his valet, Basil Rathbone. But after Dutchess Hope Emerson and her son Robert Hutton catch Hope in Casanova's outfit, Rathbone and the creditors decide to let the ruse continue.

Emerson wants to hire the world's greatest lover to seduce her son's intended, Audrey Dalton, because she feels she's a titled goldigger. True, but that's beside the point. The proof will be if the great lover can steal a certain petticoat with a crest embroidered on it.

The Doge of Venice Arnold Moss and his two scheming aides Raymond Burr and John Carradine also have their doubts that Hope might not be the great Casanova. What could ever give them that idea?

By the way Cassanova's Big Night was unusual for Hope in that he went the entire film without one Crosby joke.

The palace intrigue is as thick as a cement pudding, but Hope manages to bumble through it with the help of Joan Fontaine who is one of the creditors. As is the case in all his films, she develops as a soft spot for old ski nose.

Paramount gave Hope an unusually good supporting cast here and they all perform well. Of course fans of the classics might well recognize that the plot was lifted from The Three Musketeers.

But can you imagine the havoc that three Bob Hopes would have caused Venice?


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