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The Great Caruso

The Great Caruso

Mario Lanza
Director: Richard Thorpe Cast: Mario Lanza
Mario Lanza
, Ann Blyth
Ann Blyth
, Dorothy Kirsten
Dorothy Kirsten
Richard Thorpe


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The film traces Naples-born Caruso's ascension from adolescent choir singer to the uppermost ranks of the opera world. Caruso is brought to America, getting off to a bad start by inadvertently insulting the impresario (Carl Benton Reid) responsible for his Metropolitan debut. This complication has a happy outcome when Caruso marries his benefactor's daughter (Ann Blyth). Refusing to spare himself or to hold back his talents from his fans, Caruso's health fails him, and he dies in 1921 at the age of 47. Featuring no fewer than 27 musical numbers, Great Caruso also stars Mario Lanza as Caruso, as well as such operatic superstars as Dorothy Kirsten and Jarmila Novotna.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2011
UPC: 0883316326206
Original Release: 1951
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 7,155

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Lanza Enrico Caruso
Ann Blyth Dorothy Benjamin
Dorothy Kirsten Louise Heggar
Jarmila Novotna Maria Selka
Richard Hageman Carlo Santi
Carl Benton Reid Park Benjamin
Eduard Franz Giulio Gatti-Casazza
Ludwig Donath Alfredo Brazzi
Alan Napier Jean de Reszke
Carl Milletaire Gino
Shepard Menken Fucito
Vincent Renno Tullio
Nestor Paiva Egisto Barretto
Peter Edward Price Caruso, as a boy
Mario Siletti Papa Caruso
Angela Clarke Mama Caruso
Ian Wolfe Hutchins
Edith Angold Hilda
David Bond Father Angelico
Robert Bright Actor
Peter Brocco Father Bronzetti
Mae Clarke Woman
Charles Evans Finch, Benjamin Butler
John Hamilton Foster DeWitt
Paul Harvey Benefit Spokesman
Sherry Jackson Musetta as a Child
Matt Moore Max
Bert Roach Technician
Gilbert Russell Opera Singer
Maurice Samuels Papa Gino
Minerva Urecal Carmencita Toscano
Tito Vuolo Pietro Toscano
Argentina Brunetti Mrs. Barretto
Blanche Thebom Opera Montage
Teresa Celli Opera Montage
Giuseppe Valdengo Opera Montage
Marina Koshetz Opera Montage
Silvio Minciotti Actor
Pal Javor Antonio Scotti
Yvette Dugay Musetta Barretto
Peter Herman Adler Conductor

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Peter Ballbusch Special Effects
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Johnny Green Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jesse Lasky Associate Producer
Sonya Levien Screenwriter
William Ludwig Screenwriter
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Joe Pasternak Producer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Ruggiero Editor
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Gabriel Scognamillo Art Director
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Paul Francis Webster Songwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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