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Serenade (1956)

Damon Vincenti, a young vineyard worker, has a beautiful tenor voice and dreams of becoming a great opera singer. He debuts at Lardelli's Italian restaurant in San Francisco, where he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Ivan Goff (screenplay), Ben Roberts (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mario Lanza ... Damon Vincenti
Joan Fontaine ... Kendall Hale
Sara Montiel ... Juana Montes (as Sarita Montiel)
Vincent Price ... Charles Winthrop
Joseph Calleia ... Maestro Marcatello
Harry Bellaver ... Tonio
Vince Edwards ... Marco Roselli
Silvio Minciotti Silvio Minciotti ... Lardelli
Frank Puglia ... Manuel Montes
Edward Platt ... Everett Carter
Licia Albanese ... Desdemona in 'Otello'
Jean Fenn Jean Fenn ... Soprano in San Francisco
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Storyline

Damon Vincenti, a young vineyard worker, has a beautiful tenor voice and dreams of becoming a great opera singer. He debuts at Lardelli's Italian restaurant in San Francisco, where he is spotted by Kendall Hale, a society girl who enjoys launching young artists while making them her lovers before dumping them after use. Damon is no exception to the rule: he becomes famous but Kendall leaves him abruptly. He feels so affected that he must give up singing. In Mexico, where he has got back in touch with his inner self, Damon meets Juana Montès.They are happy and get married. But Kendall is still around... Written by Guy Bellinger

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The most thrilling story-with-music ever made is Mario Lanza in 'Serenade.' All the quivering excitement of James M. Cain's best-seller...The story of a farm hand who won fame as a singer and almost lost his soul as a man! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Serenata See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Brothers bought the screen rights to the book in February 1944 and over the next 10 years various people were associated with it. At one point Ann Sheridan and Dennis Morgan were set to co star and later Michael Curtiz was set to direct. See more »

Quotes

Damon Vincenti: Hey! Are you hiring a singer or a bookkeeper?
Lardelli: Oho, he IS a tenor!
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Connections

Remade as Kirik plak (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Lamento di Federico
(uncredited)
from "L'Arlesiana"
Music by Francesco Cilea
Libretto by Leopoldo Marenco
Performed by Mario Lanza
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Super Soap Opera
28 June 2010 | by rbrbSee all my reviews

What a marvelous musical drama this is, and grateful to TCM for putting it on their schedules. This is a story of how a vineyard worker rises to be an opera star, but falls victim to the emotional torture of a femme fatale which sends him into apparent oblivion. Then he meets a Mexican beauty and so can she raise him from the ashes?

What drama and what performances!

The voice of Mario Lanza is the greatest in history, and his rendition of "Nessum Dorma" and "Ave Marie" are show stoppers. Full of heart, passion and soul. There is just enough Opera in this film to keep everyone happy, like or loathe it.

The smoldering and intense beauty and performance of Sara Montrel, begs the question, who can surpass her as the most charismatic female on screen in the last 50 years?

Joan Fontaine is a suitably wicked witch and Vincent Price's mere raising of an eyebrow tell's a tale all by itself.

This is a classic movie beautifully filmed and totally underrated by the IMDb voters. Soap from beginning to end, and all the major performers vie to out drama queen each other, even to the final climactic scene.

Bravo!

8/10.


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