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Serenade (23-Mar-1956)

Director: Anthony Mann

Writers: Ivan Goff; Ben Roberts; John Twist

From novel: Serenade by James M. Cain

Producer: Henry Blanke

Keywords: Drama

Damon, a vineyard worker with a golden operatic singing voice is discovered by a wealthy arts patron Kendall Hale, who shepherds his career for a time and then abruptly discards him for another boy. The abandonment ruins his debut at the Metropolitan Opera and he leaves opera dejectedly, whereupon he meets a beautiful Mexican actress who restores his mental condition and becomes his bride. Later, Kendall makes a decision to re-enter Damon's life. Adaptation of Cain's novel with the homosexual element removed. Lanza is overweight and possesses mediocre acting talent but his singing voice here commands well; worth viewing for the music alone.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Licia Albanese
Singer
22-Jul-1913   Operatic soprano, La Bohème
Joseph Calleia
Actor
4-Aug-1897 31-Oct-1975 Touch of Evil
Vince Edwards
Actor
7-Jul-1928 11-Mar-1996 Ben Casey
Joan Fontaine
Actor
22-Oct-1917 15-Dec-2013 Suspicion
Mario Lanza
Singer
31-Jan-1921 7-Oct-1959 Voice of the Century
Sara Montiel
Actor
10-Mar-1928 8-Apr-2013 La violetera
Edward Platt
Actor
14-Feb-1916 19-Mar-1974 Chief on Get Smart
Vincent Price
Actor
27-May-1911 25-Oct-1993 Master of the macabre
Frank Puglia
Actor
9-Mar-1892 25-Oct-1975 20 Million Miles to Earth

CAST

Mario Lanza   ...   Damon Vincenti
Joan Fontaine   ...   Kendall Hale
Co-Starring
Sara Montiel   ...   Juana Montes
Vincent Price   ...   Charles Winthrop
with
Joseph Calleia   ...   Marcatello
Harry Bellaver   ...   Monte
Vince Edwards   ...   Marco Roselli
Silvio Minciotti   ...   Lardelli
Frank Puglia   ...   Manuel
Edward Platt   ...   Carter
and
Licia Albanese   ...   Singer
Jean Fenn   ...   Singer

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