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Melba (1953)

112 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

The highly fictionalized story of Nellie Melba, Australian-born soprano who rose to operatic fame in the latter part of the 19th century and who had a dessert and form of dry toast (true) named after her. In her film debut, the ...See moreThe highly fictionalized story of Nellie Melba, Australian-born soprano who rose to operatic fame in the latter part of the 19th century and who had a dessert and form of dry toast (true) named after her. In her film debut, the Metropolitan Opera's Patrice Munsel, plays the title role in a film that primarily strings together eight excerpts from well-known operas as well as one or two lighter numbers and a montage of famous opera personalities featuring the chorus of the Covent Garden Opera and members of the Sadler's Wells Ballet. The story follows the career of Melba from the time she left her father's Australian cattle ranch, and a suitor, to travel to Paris to get her voice training, and picks up another suitor. She debuts in Brussels and is a smash hit followed by international fame. The suitor from Australia shows up in Monte Carlo, marries her and soon is cast in the role of "Mr. Melba" until he can take it no longer and returns to Australia, while Melba decides her voice belongs to the world and sadly goes on alone. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writer
Harry Kurnitz (screenplay) (story)
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Production Designer
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Updated Jun 24, 1953

Release date
Aug 7, 1953 (United States)

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18 cast members
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Patrice Munsel
Nellie Melba Nellie Melba   See fewer
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Robert Morley
Oscar Hammerstein I Oscar Hammerstein I   See fewer
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John McCallum
Charles Armstrong Charles Armstrong   See fewer
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John Justin
Eric Walton Eric Walton   See fewer
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Alec Clunes
Cesar Carlton Cesar Carlton   See fewer
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Martita Hunt
Mme. Marchesi Mme. Marchesi   See fewer
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Sybil Thorndike
Queen Victoria Queen Victoria   See fewer
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Joseph Tomelty
Thomas Mitchell Thomas Mitchell   See fewer
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Beatrice Varley
Aunt Catherine Aunt Catherine   See fewer
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Violetta Elvin
Prima Ballerina Prima Ballerina   See fewer
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Cecile Chevreau
Annette Annette   See fewer
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Theodore Bikel
Paul Brotha Paul Brotha   See fewer
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Charles Craig
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bruce Dargavel
Sir Charles Santley (singing voice) (uncredited) Sir Charles Santley (singing voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marcel Poncin
Roger (uncredited) Roger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Rietty
Italian Policeman (uncredited) Italian Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bill Shine
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Dorit Welles
Adelina Patti (uncredited) Adelina Patti (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.9 / 10 | 24 votes