Director: Anthony Mann Cast: Mario Lanza, Joan Fontaine, Sarita Montiel

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Loosely based on a novel by James M. Cain, this romantic drama centers on the struggles of a humble vineyard worker (real-life opera star Mario Lanza) who rises to become a renowned opera star. In the original book, Damon, the protagonist, has a homosexual relationship with the patron who boosts his career, but in the film, the patron is a wealthy and manipulative young woman named Kendall (Joan Fontaine). As charming as she is selfish, poor Damon cannot help but fall in love with Kendall. Unfortunately, she is a fickle creature and soon grows bored with him, thereby breaking his heart and causing him to choke during his audition for the Met. Afterward, he flees to Mexico. There he comes down with a mysterious, debilitating movie disease. Fortunately, Juana, a beautiful ex-bullfighter's daughter is there to help him recover. Damon falls in love with her, but just as it looks like happiness will finally be his, conniving Kendall reappears. In addition to singing numerous selections from popular operas, Lanza also sings a pair of Sammy Cahn/Nicholas Brodszky pop tunes: "Serenade" and "My Destiny."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2011
UPC: 0883316390009
Original Release: 1956
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Time: 2:02:00
Sales rank: 19,044

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Lanza Damon Vincente
Joan Fontaine Kendall Hale
Sarita Montiel Juana Montez
Vincent Price Charles Winthrop
Joseph Calleia Prof. Marcatello
Harry Bellaver Monte
Vincent Edwards Marco Roselli
Silvio Minciotti Lordelli
Frank Puglia Manuel
Edward Platt Carter
Frank Yaconelli Giuseppe
Mario Siletti Sanroma
María Luísa Serrano Rosa
Eduardo Noriega Felipe
Licia Albanese Singer
Jean Fenn Singer
Stephen Bekassy Hanson
Elizabeth Flournoy Elevator Operator
William Fox Actor
Martin Garralaga Romero
Creighton Hale Assistant Stage Manager
Lillian Molieri Tosca in "Tosca"
Leo Mostovoy Chief
Victor Romito Bass
Jack Santoro Busboy
José Torvay Mariachi Leader
Antonio Triana Dancer
Don Turner Bus Driver
Joseph Vitale Baritone
Ralph Volkie Cop
Johnstone White Hughes the Butler
Laura Mason Fedora in "Fedora"
Mickey Golden Cabdriver
April Stride Actor
Diane Gump Party Guest

Technical Credits
Anthony Mann Director
Henry Blanke Producer
Edward Carrere Art Director
Ivan Goff Screenwriter
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Ben Roberts Screenwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
John Twist Screenwriter
William Wallace Set Decoration/Design
William H. Ziegler Editor

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Serenade 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Maureen_T More than 1 year ago
It was amazing Mario Lanza at his best , so sad he died at 38 .