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Mr. Imperium
     

Mr. Imperium

Director: Don Hartman, Lana Turner, Ezio Pinza, Marjorie Main

Cast: Don Hartman, Lana Turner, Ezio Pinza, Marjorie Main

 

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Ezio Pinza stars as the title character, a prince who falls for nightclub singer Fredda Barlo (Lana Turner) when the two meet on vacation in Italy. After more than a decade, they reunite, only now Barlo is a Hollywood superstar and Imperium has ascended to the throne of king.

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Ezio Pinza stars as the title character, a prince who falls for nightclub singer Fredda Barlo (Lana Turner) when the two meet on vacation in Italy. After more than a decade, they reunite, only now Barlo is a Hollywood superstar and Imperium has ascended to the throne of king.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Mr. Imperium is a yummy little romantic musical. Is it a flawless classic? By no means. But Imperium has something that many much better films often lack -- genuine charm. Thank the handsome Ezio Pinza and the luscious Lana Turner for this. Neither Pinza nor Turner is giving what could be called a great acting performance in Imperium, although they are much more than satisfactory in this area. But their star personalities and delicious chemistry count for much more than acting prowess, especially given a screenplay that doesn't require a Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. The two stars are wonderful company, and viewers are likely to forgive Imperium a lot merely for the chance to pass an hour and half or so with them. Certainly, the material requires some forgiving, for certain situations have been presented to the audience many times before, and it has to be said that a character here and there is a bit more cardboard than flesh-and-blood. In addition to the stars, there is fine support from Barry Sullivan in a thankless role, Sir Cedric Hardwicke in a wicked one, Debbie Reynolds in prime teenaged condition, and especially Marjorie Main in one of her very rare non-hick roles. Throw in some gorgeous on-location lensing, a few nifty musical numbers from Harold Arlen and Dorothy Fields, and some nifty costumes from Walter Plunkett, and the result is an enjoyable way to kill some time.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
UPC:
0690978121106
Original Release:
1951
Source:
Unforgettable
Region Code:
0

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lana Turner Fredda Barlo
Ezio Pinza Mr. Imperium
Marjorie Main Mrs. Cabot
Barry Sullivan Paul Hunter
Cedric Hardwicke Bernard
Debbie Reynolds Gwen
Ann Codee Anna Pelan
Chick Chandler George Hoskins
Cliff Clark Restaurant Proprietor
Mae Clarke Secretary
Jimmy Cross Assistant Director
Wilton Graff Andrew Bolton
Don Haggerty Director
Mitchell Lewis Old Watchman
Matt Moore Gateman
Allan Ray Actor
Dick Simmons Air Corps Colonel
Giacomo Spadoni Giovanni
Bobby Troup Specialties in Band
Joseph Vitale Bearded Man
Arthur Walsh Actor
Wilson Wood Actor
Keenan Wynn Motor Cop

Technical Credits
Don Hartman Director,Screenwriter
Harold Arlen Score Composer
George Folsey Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Groesse Art Director
William B. Gulick Editor
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Edwin H. Knopf Producer,Screenwriter
Richard A. Pefferle Set Decoration/Design
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
George White Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mr. Imperium
1. Two Of A Kind [9:19]
2. Call Me Al [12:44]
3. The Shadow of a Throne [15:41]
4. Love Must Wait [6:29]
5. Desert Exile [12:29]
6. Command Performance [9:48]
7. Empty Stage [8:22]
8. Between Pictures [11:51]

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