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The Day I Met Caruso 

A ten-year-old girl meets famed opera singer Enrico Caruso on a train between Boston and New York. She admonishes him for his extravagant lifestyle, but she is softened up somewhat when Caruso begins to sing arias from her favorite operas.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Zoe Akins, Elizabeth Bacon Rodewald (short story)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Lotfi Mansouri Lotfi Mansouri ... Enrico Caruso
Sandy Descher ... Elizabeth
Bill Walker ... Porter
Emily Lawrence Emily Lawrence ... Cousin Hannah
Walter Coy ... Father
Barbara Eiler Barbara Eiler ... Mother
Tito Vuolo ... Valet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Borzage ... Himself - in prologue
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A ten-year-old girl meets famed opera singer Enrico Caruso on a train between Boston and New York. She admonishes him for his extravagant lifestyle, but she is softened up somewhat when Caruso begins to sing arias from her favorite operas.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lotfi Mansouri lip sings to actual recordings by Enrico Caruso. See more »

Soundtracks

Che gelida manina,
from La bohème (uncredited)
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Enrico Caruso
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Lighten Up, Quakers!
16 July 2014 | by bbrebozoSee all my reviews

PLOT: Through his tremendous talent and gregarious personality, Enrico Caruso gets a little Quaker girl and her father to lighten up a little.

REVIEW: I am really enjoying the Screen Directors Playhouse series (and my thanks go to Turner Classic Movies for reviving it). There hasn't been a dud yet. And while I agree that this episode isn't the brightest star in that galaxy, it still provides some very entertaining moments.

Lotfi Mansouri does a terrific job of channeling an outgoing and talented Enrico Caruso, and Sandy Descher couldn't be any cuter as the adorable little pixie who invites herself into the Great One's private railroad car. Caruso died in 1921, and just missed the era when movies added sound, so there is probably no film of Caruso singing. This show is probably as close as we will come to "seeing" Caruso sing, and it makes for a richer experience than just listening to his old records.

One thing struck me about this show as I was watching it: Can you imagine a 21st century television show where an unaccompanied 10 year old girl wanders into a room with a stranger, and spends several hours alone with him, without it ever being the slightest bit creepy? Ah, innocence...

Overall, this show was a pleasant and interesting way to pass 30 minutes. Give it a try.


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