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.
Classics , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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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
Arthur Treacher
as Hutchins
Mimi Aguglia
as Mama Donnetti
Amparo Iturbi
as Herself
Ann Codee
as Mme. Bouget
Sheila Stein
as Peanuts
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Critic Reviews for That Midnight Kiss

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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.

Full Review… | January 31, 2008
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Audience Reviews for That Midnight Kiss

Mario Lanza made his film debut in this glossy MGM film which is short on plot but long on a mashup of operatic and pop tunes.

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