That Midnight Kiss (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

That Midnight Kiss (1949)

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That Midnight Kiss served to introduce the film-going public to MGM's newest singing sensation, Mario Lanza. Just as he did with Deanna Durbin at Universal, producer Joe Pasternak removes the "stuffy" onus attached to classical music by presenting Lanza as a down-to-earth truck driver named Johnny Donetti. When it turns out that Johnny has a splendid singing voice, he gets a minor job at the Philadelphia opera company sponsored by aristocratic Abigail Trent Budell (Ethel Barrymore). Abigail's granddaughter Prudence (Kathryn Grayson) is instrumental in bringing Johnny to public attention by insisting that he replace the opera troupe's defecting star tenor. Featured in the cast are Keenan Wynn as Lanza's best pal, J. Carroll Naish as his "Whatsa matta you?" Italian father, and MGM's resident musical genius Jose Iturbi as himself. That Midnight Kiss served its purpose by transforming the relatively unknown Mario Lanza into a box-office champion.

Cast

Mario Lanza
as Johnny Donnetti
Kathryn Grayson
as Prudence Budell
Ethel Barrymore
as Abigail Trent Budell
Jose Iturbi
as Himself
Keenan Wynn
as Artie Glenson
J. Carroll Naish
as Papa Donnetti
Jules Munshin
as Michael Pemberton
Thomas Gomez
as Guido Betelli
Mimi Aguglia
as Mama Donnetti
Ann Codee
as Mme. Bouget
Sheila Stein
as Peanuts
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Features young budding opera star tenor Mario Lanza in his film debut. The handsome lad proves he can sing, but falls short in the acting.

January 31, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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