That Midnight Kiss

That Midnight Kiss

Director: Norman Taurog Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Mario Lanza, José Iturbi


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2018
UPC: 0888574627812
Original Release: 1949
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 3,456

Special Features

"One Love of Mine" Outtake Pete Smith Specialty Comedy Short Sports Oddities Classic Cartoon Señor Droopy Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathryn Grayson Prudence Budell
Mario Lanza Johnny Donnetti
José Iturbi Himself
Ethel Barrymore Abigail Budell
Keenan Wynn Artie Glenson
J. Carrol Naish Papa Donnetti
Jules Munshin Michael Pemberton
Thomas Gomez Guido Betelli
Marjorie Reynolds Mary
Arthur Treacher Hutchins
Mimi Aguglia Mama Donnetti
Amparo Iturbi Herself
Bridget Carr Donna
George Meader Paul
Ann Codee Mme. Bouget
Edward Earle Jason

Technical Credits
Norman Taurog Director
Preston Ames Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Tamara Hovey Screenwriter
Bruce Manning Screenwriter
Joe Pasternak Producer
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Ruggiero Editor
Robert Surtees Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- That Midnight Kiss
1. Credits [1:19]
2. Summoned by Mrs. Budell [3:43]
3. Caro Nome [3:38]
4. New Opera Company [2:51]
5. Star Temperament [4:25]
6. Mama Mia Che Vo Sape [3:54]
7. Donnetti's Serenade [2:27]
8. Down Among the Sheltering Palms [2:02]
9. Una Furtiva Lacrima [5:39]
10. Trucker Tenor [3:09]
11. Touch of Tchaikovsky [2:39]
12. Celeste Aida [4:10]
13. They Didn't Believe Me [4:26]
14. Rrrrrough Rehearsal [4:05]
15. Pemberton in Charge [:57]
16. The Late Great Betelli [1:34]
17. Everyone Wants Johnny [2:56]
18. Everyone's Grateful [3:41]
19. Russian Nightingale [3:30]
20. Three O'Clock in the Morning [3:16]
21. I Know, I Know, I Know [2:30]
22. Engaged and Disengaged [4:23]
23. What's Missing [2:58]
24. Revolutionary Etude [3:22]
25. Stop the Music [3:47]
26. Opening Night [5:34]
27. Too Much for Betelli [2:30]
28. Love Is Music [2:25]
29. Cast List [5:00]
30. Chapter 30 [:32]
1. Chapter 1 [8:19]
1. Chapter 1 [8:20]
1. Chapter 1 [2:40]

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