The Great Caruso (1951)





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The film traces famed operatic tenor Enrico Caruso's ascension from adolescent choir singer to the uppermost ranks of the opera world. Caruso arrives in America, getting off to a bad start by inadvertently insulting the impresario responsible for his Metropolitan debut. Refusing to pace himself, Caruso's health eventually fails him.
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Mario Lanza
as Enrico Caruso
Ann Blyth
as Dorothy Benjamin
Carl Benton Reid
as Park Benjamin
Dorothy Kirsten
as Louise Heggar
Richard Hageman
as Carlo Santi
Eduard Franz
as Guilio Gatti-Casazza
Ludwig Donath
as Alfredo Brazzi
Paul Javor
as Antonio Scotti
Jarmila Novotna
as Maria Selka
Alan Napier
as Jean de Reszke
Yvette Duguay
as Musetta
Nestor Paiva
as Egisto Barretto
Vincent Renno
as Tullio
Peter Edward Price
as Caruso, as a boy
Mario Siletti
as Papa Caruso
Angela Clarke
as Mama Caruso
Ian Wolfe
as Hutchins
Argentina Brunetti
as Mrs. Barretto
Edit Angold
as Hilda
Peter Brocco
as Father Bronzetti
David Bond
as Father Angelico
Anthony Mazola
as Fucito at Age 8
Mae Clarke
as Woman
Blanche Thebom
as Opera Singer
Teresa Celli
as Opera Singer
Nicola Moscona
as Opera Singer
Giuseppe Valdengo
as Opera Singer
Lucine Armara
as Opera Singer
Marina Koshetz
as Opera Singer
Robert Bright
as Opera Singer
Gilbert Russell
as Opera Singer
Mario DeLaval
as Ottello Carmini
Sherry Jackson
as Musetta as a Child
Maurice Samuels
as Papa Gino
Charles Evans
as Finch, Benjamin Butler
Tito Vuolo
as Pietro Toscano
Pal Javor
as Antonio Scotti
Minerva Urecal
as Carmencita Toscano
Paul Harvey
as Benefit Spokesman
Yvette Dugay
as Musetta Barretto
John Hamilton
as Foster DeWitt
Bert Roach
as Technician
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Critic Reviews for The Great Caruso

All Critics (3)

This conventional biopic of the famous Italian tenro was one of 1951's biggest commercial hits due to Mario Lanza's popularity at the time.

Full Review… | December 31, 2010

Hits a few high notes over the music but hits too many low notes after fudging the biography with too much fictionalization.

Full Review… | February 5, 2009
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July 5, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Great Caruso

Lavish MGM musical was the zenith of both Mario Lanza and Joe Pasternak's careers; Lanza's hit single "The Loveliest Night of the Year" is sung in the film by Ann Blyth.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

This movie is not about the story. If it were a DVD made today, perhaps it would be called "Mario Lanza sings the hits of Enrico Caruso." The films moves from one number to another as Lanza sings aria after beautiful aria. Numbers include classic Neopolitan songs such as "Torna a Surriento," opera numbers such as "La Donna e Mobile" from Rigoletto and "Recitativo" from Pagliacci, and a choir rendition of Bach's "Ave Maria." This movie won the Oscar for Best Sound, however I don't think it was anything technical that made the sound of this film spectacular--it was simply Lanza voice. As a matter of fact, when it comes to the technical aspect of sound recording, I could've sworn I heard a blip when they switched from dialogue to singing at one point, so I'm not sure how deserving it was of that award. The movie is also nice to look at as the sets are Italian style high close homes and opera houses of the late 19th and early 20th century. I'm actually surprised the art direction didn't get more attention. As far as the story, that was just filler for the singing. As far as I understand, it actually is based very loosely on the actual life of Enrico Caruso. The acting was sub-par, with dialogue in exaggerated Italian accents. Plain and simple, this movie is for one who wants to sit and relax to some classic Italian masterpieces.

Vincent D'Aniello
Vincent D'Aniello

Fictional hokum as far as the story of the real Caruso's life but Mario is in beautiful voice and isn't that what you're watching for anyway.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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