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The Great Caruso (1951)

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109 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This highly fictionalized film traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan Opera's patrons. Caruso is unacceptable to both ...See moreThis highly fictionalized film traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples, and then Dorothy, the daughter of one of the Metropolitan Opera's patrons. Caruso is unacceptable to both women's fathers: to one, because he sings; to Dorothy's, because he is a peasant. To New York patricians, Caruso is short, barrel chested, loud, emotional, unrefined. Their appreciation comes slowly. The film depicts Caruso's lament that "the man does not have the voice, the voice has the man": he cannot be places he wants to be, because he must be elsewhere singing, including the day his mother dies. Throughout, Mario Lanza and stars from the Met sing. Written by See less
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Sonya Levien | William Ludwig | Dorothy Caruso (suggested by Biography Of Her Husband)
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Updated May 10, 1951

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May 10, 1951 (United States)

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128 cast members
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Mario Lanza
Enrico Caruso Enrico Caruso   See fewer
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Ann Blyth
Dorothy Benjamin Dorothy Benjamin   See fewer
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Dorothy Kirsten
Louise Heggar Louise Heggar   See fewer
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Jarmila Novotna
Maria Selka Maria Selka   See fewer
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Richard Hageman
Carlo Santi Carlo Santi   See fewer
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Carl Benton Reid
Park Benjamin Park Benjamin   See fewer
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Eduard Franz
Giulio Gatti-Casazza Giulio Gatti-Casazza   See fewer
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Ludwig Donath
Alfredo Brazzi Alfredo Brazzi   See fewer
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Alan Napier
Jean de Reszke Jean de Reszke   See fewer
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Pál Jávor
Antonio Scotti (as Paul Javor) Antonio Scotti (as Paul Javor)   See fewer
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Vincent Renno
Tullio Tullio   See fewer
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Nestor Paiva
Egisto Barretto Egisto Barretto   See fewer
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Peter Price
Caruso (as boy) (as Peter Edward Price) Caruso (as boy) (as Peter Edward Price)   See fewer
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Mario Siletti
Papa Caruso Papa Caruso   See fewer
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Angela Clarke
Mama Caruso Mama Caruso   See fewer
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Ian Wolfe
Hutchins Hutchins   See fewer
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Yvette Duguay
Musetta Barretto Musetta Barretto   See fewer
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Argentina Brunetti
Mrs. Barretto Mrs. Barretto   See fewer
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Blanche Thebom
Vocalist - Opera Montage Vocalist - Opera Montage   See fewer
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Teresa Celli
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Nicola Moscona
Vocalist - Opera Montage Vocalist - Opera Montage   See fewer
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Giuseppe Valdengo
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Lucine Amara
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Marina Koshetz
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Jacqueline Allen
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Edit Angold
Hilda (uncredited) Hilda (uncredited)   See fewer
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Midwife (uncredited) Midwife (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rudy Baron
Gino (uncredited) Gino (uncredited)   See fewer
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Olive May Beach
Gilda in 'Rigoletto' - Opera Montage (uncredited) Gilda in 'Rigoletto' - Opera Montage (uncredited)   See fewer
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Genevieve Bell
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Mario Bellini
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Dino Bolognese
Bellhop (uncredited) Bellhop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Father Angelico (uncredited) Father Angelico (uncredited)   See fewer
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Father Bronzetti (uncredited) Father Bronzetti (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Brooks
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George Calliga
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Claude Cariguel
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Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mario Cimino
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Mae Clarke
Woman (uncredited) Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Cody
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Call Boy (uncredited) Call Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited) Restaurant Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Viola Daniels
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Rod De Medici
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Sayre Dearing
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Mario DeLaval
Ottello Carmini (uncredited) Ottello Carmini (uncredited)   See fewer
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Helen Dickson
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Robert Ebright
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Finch - Benjamin's Butler (uncredited) Finch - Benjamin's Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Antonio Filauri
Papa Riccardo (uncredited) Papa Riccardo (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bess Flowers
Front Row Audience Member at 'Lucia di Lammermoor' (uncredited) Front Row Audience Member at 'Lucia di Lammermoor' (uncredited)   See fewer
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Blanche Franke
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Michael Frasco
Young Boy (uncredited) Young Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maria Genardi
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Musetta as a Child (uncredited) Musetta as a Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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Spanish Girl (uncredited) Spanish Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Howard M. Mitchell
Porter (uncredited) Porter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Matt - the Doorman (uncredited) Matt - the Doorman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roger Moore
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Sol Murgi
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Pedestrian (uncredited) Pedestrian (uncredited)   See fewer
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Spec O'Donnell
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Manuel París
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Young Man (uncredited) Young Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jose Portugal
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Gilbert Russell
Arturo in 'Lucia' - Opera Montage (uncredited) Arturo in 'Lucia' - Opera Montage (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maurice Samuels
Papa Gino the Barber (uncredited) Papa Gino the Barber (uncredited)   See fewer
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Man on the Street (uncredited) Man on the Street (uncredited)   See fewer
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Carmelita Toscano (uncredited) Carmelita Toscano (uncredited)   See fewer
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Louise's Housekeeper (uncredited) Louise's Housekeeper (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.6 / 10 | 1,100 votes