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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.


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
Nestor Paiva
as Egisto Barretto
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
Peter Brocco
as Father Bronzetti
David Bond
as Father Angelico
Anthony Mazola
as Fucito at Age 8
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
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.

December 31, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

February 5, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Great Caruso

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.

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