Casanova's Big Night

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Casanova's Big Night
Casanovas Big Night 1954 poster.jpg
1954 US Theatrical Poster
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod
Produced by Paul Jones
Written by Aubrey Wisberg
Screenplay by Edmund Hartmann
Hal Kanter
Starring Bob Hope
Joan Fontaine
Basil Rathbone
John Carradine
Lon Chaney, Jr.
Raymond Burr
Music by Lyn Murray
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by Ellsworth Hoagland
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • April 7, 1954 (1954-04-07)
Country United States
Language English

Casanova's Big Night (1954) is a comedy film starring Bob Hope and Joan Fontaine, which is a spoof of swashbuckling historical adventure films. It was directed by Norman Z. McLeod.

Hope plays a tailor who impersonates Giacomo Casanova, the great lover. The film also stars Audrey Dalton, Basil Rathbone, Hugh Marlowe, John Carradine, Hope Emerson, Lon Chaney, Jr., Raymond Burr, Natalie Schafer, and Vincent Price (in a cameo appearance as the real Casanova).

Plot summary[edit]

Bob Hope's character[Pippo,a tailor] impersonates Casanova to woo the girls, particularly Joan Fontaine [The widow Bruni]. Casanova himself is being pursued by creditors and leaves town. Pippo is induced,by the creditors, to impersonate Casanova at the behest of a Genoan family, who will pay "Casanova" to test the fidelity of the son's betrothed. Pippo, the widow Bruni and Casanova's valet Lucio [Basil Rathbone] travel to Venice. The Doge of Venice [smashing elegant villiany by Arnold Moss], "A snake with whiskers" is Pippo's description,intends to use the intended seduction as an excuse to wage war against Genoa. After many humorous adventures, exploiting Pippo's character traits of vanity, arrogance and cowardice [i.e. the usual Hope trademarks] the heroine so impresses Pippo by her dignity and character that he refuses to co-operate in the plot to ruin her character. He is arrested by the Doge and sentcnced to death. There is a final twist to the plot which shows Hopes' usual downfall. Interestingly, I didn't notice any cameo by Bing Crosby, which is a common joke in Bob Hope;s films.



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