The Toast Of New Orleans

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Snooty opera singer meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing! Her agent lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera

ACTORS :  Kathryn Grayson, Mario Lanza, David Niven

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1950

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The Toast Of New Orleans  Snooty opera singer meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing! Her agent lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to regret this rash decision when the singers fall in love.

My Favorite Mario Lanza

“Toast of New Orleans” is an interesting little period musical, an admirable vehicle for Mario Lanza and his opera songs. This is my third Lanza musical after “Because You’re Mine”(1952) and “For the First Time”(1959) and so far it is my favorite.

In spite of being an MGM musical, “Toast of New Orleans” is more in line with the nostalgic period froths and extravaganzas that were common at the Fox studio. The Technicolor and period costumes here are as enchantingly garish and gorgeous as those at Fox. Lanza plays a Bayou fisherman who is discovered by David Niven and falls in love with a fellow opera star named Suzette played by Kathryn Grayson. I found their love scenes somehow cold and unmemorable; however, the songs “Be My Love,” and some arias from Madame Butterfly, Carmen, and La Traviata are sublimely potent and unforgettable.

My favorite Mario Lanza’s film, is very fresh, I just love it

 
I’ve watched this film more than 50 times, and as much as I watch as much as I like best. Mario Lanza was just unique, I agree that he did not educated his voice enough, but his natural voice was so wonderful, none of the best tenors hadn’t his magnificent voice, is enough to know that Mo. Toscanini said that was “The Voice of the Century”. This film is fresh and light and romantic, Mario’s performance of “Be my love” as a duet is nice too, and “Madame Butterfly duet” is the greatest I’ve ever heard. David Niven, J. Carroll Naish and Rita Moreno, each one in the role they played are just wonderful too. Mario Lanza should be in the opera stage but if so, common people didn’t had the opportunity to be delight with opera.

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