For the First Time

For the First Time

Director: Rudolph Maté Cast: Mario Lanza, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Kurt Kasznar


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For the First Time

This was popular tenor Mario Lanza's last film before he died in Rome of a heart attack at the age of thirty-eight. The story follows the career and love interest of opera star Tonio Costa (Lanza), who is careless in regard to his professional engagements. Being more than a little irresponsible, he is his own worst enemy when it comes to his singing future. That is true until he meets a deaf woman, Christa (Johanna von Koczian), and falls in love with her. She turns his life around, as he dedicates himself to performing all he can in order to raise the needed funds to help her to hear again. Several highlights from well-known operas are included in the performance segments of the story, showing to full effect Lanza's stunning tenor voice. First thrown into the spotlight in the 1958 film The Student Prince, Lanza's performance in films got him unjustly banned from the stage at the Metropolitan Opera.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2012
UPC: 0883316510186
Original Release: 1959
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 9,058

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Lanza Tonio Costa
Zsa Zsa Gabor Gloria De Vadnuz
Kurt Kasznar Ladislas Tabory
Hans Söhnker Prof. Bruckner
Annie Rosar Mathilde
Walter Rilia Dr. Bessart
Peter Capell Leopold Huebner
Renzo Cesana Angelo
Sandro Giglio Alessandro
Johanna von Koczian Actor

Technical Credits
Rudolph Maté Director
Alexander Gruter Producer
Fritz Maurischat Art Director
Gene Ruggiero Editor
Andrew Solt Screenwriter
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Aldo Tonti Cinematographer
Peter Zinner Editor

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