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For the First Time (1959)





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When opera singer Tonio Costa (Mario Lanza) becomes enamored of an attractive deaf girl, he devotes his performing career to raising enough money to ensure that she gets expert care. The last film of Lanza's career, this movie features a number of musical pieces.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Solt
On DVD: Apr 13, 1994
Warner Home Video


Mario Lanza
as Tonio Costa
Zsa Zsa Gabor
as Gloria De Vadnuz
Kurt Kasznar
as Ladislas Tabory
Hans Söhnker
as Prof. Bruckner
Annie Rosar
as Mathilde
Peter Capell
as Leopold Huebner
Walter Rilia
as Dr. Bessart
Sandro Giglio
as Alessandro
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Lanza's last film is an enjoyable lightweight concoction with some lovely scenery and the star in glorious voice. He performs many songs and as usual those are the strongest parts of the film since Mario was more of a personality than an actor but his part doesn't demand too much of him and he does fine with it. While Lanza sounds wonderful he's not looking his best, probably a result of his hard living ways which of course resulted in his passing shortly after the completion of this film. Someone who is a knockout is Zsa Zsa Gabor, her part is small but she perks up the picture every time she sweeps onto the screen beautifully dressed and oozing a sophistication that would be hard to find today.

jay nixon

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