The Toast of New Orleans
|The Toast of New Orleans|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Norman Taurog|
|Produced by||Joe Pasternak|
|Written by||Sy Gomberg
|Music by||Nicholas Brodszky
|Edited by||Gene Ruggiero|
|Running time||97 minutes|
The Toast of New Orleans is a 1950 musical film directed by Norman Taurog and choreographed by Eugene Loring. It starred Mario Lanza, Kathryn Grayson, David Niven, J. Carrol Naish, James Mitchell and a teenaged Rita Moreno. The film was made in the wake of That Midnight Kiss, Lanza's successful film debut, as an opportunity for Lanza to sing on the big screen again.
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The plot revolves around Pepe Abellard Duvalle, a New Orleans fisherman, who falls in love with opera star soprano Suzette Micheline (Grayson). It culminates with Micheline's manager, played by Niven, hearing Duvalle sing and offering him a position.
In addition to selected arias from the operas Carmen, Madama Butterfly, and La traviata, the film includes the song "Be My Love", which was nominated for an Academy Award. Lanza had previously appeared in a 1948 production of Madama Butterfly with the New Orleans Opera Association.
Shooting of the film required 35 sets. Three adjoining sound stages on the MGM lot were combined to house one of the largest indoor sets constructed for a film musical.
According to MGM records the film earned $1,671,000 in the US and Canada and $1,580,000 elsewhere, leading to a profit of $22,000.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- "Music Film Uses 35 Sets". Los Angeles Times. Oct 7, 1950.
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