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Strictly Dishonorable (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 3 July 1951 (USA)
An Italian opera singer ( Eliot Pinza) has a marriage of convenience with an innocent fan ( Janet Leigh) from Mississippi
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ezio Pinza ... Count Augustino 'Gus' Caraffa
Janet Leigh ... Isabelle Perry
Millard Mitchell ... Bill Dempsey
Gale Robbins ... Marie Donnelly
Maria Palmer ... Countess Lili Szadvany
Esther Minciotti Esther Minciotti ... Mme. Maria Caraffa
Silvio Minciotti Silvio Minciotti ... Uncle Nito
Arthur Franz ... Henry Greene
Sandro Giglio Sandro Giglio ... Tomasso
Hugh Sanders ... Harry Donnelly
Mario Siletti ... Luigi
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An Italian opera singer ( Eliot Pinza) has a marriage of convenience with an innocent fan ( Janet Leigh) from Mississippi

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M-G-M's Hilarious Comedy from the Stage Hit!

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

3 July 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gentleman dygnet runt See more »

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Budget:

$1,182,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film failed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $664,000 according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

This story is supposedly set in the 1920s, yet the fashions and hairdos are strictly from 1951. See more »

Connections

Features A Woman of Affairs (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything I Have Is Yours
(uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Played over main title and Sung by Ezio Pinza
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Cheerful Musical, and Oh Whatta Voice!
30 June 2008 | by tonstant viewerSee all my reviews

First of all, Ezio Pinza had a voice. If you've never heard an opera, you'll still respond to this man's singing.

Pinza had a lyric bass unlike anyone alive today, and it's the kind of sound that makes women sit up and take notice - it's an animal communication that has nothing to do with high culture.

Secondly, he's enjoying himself here. Like another refugee from the Metropolitan, tenor Lauritz Melchior, Pinza seems to enjoy acting in MGM escapist froth. His reactions while listening to a bad soprano are worth the price of admission right there.

The script is formulaic, the plot twists and turns visible a mile ahead of time, the overacting of the Italian characters very much of its era.

But they're all having a good time, and you'll have a good time too. "Mr. Imperium" is equally amiable, and features more great singing.

Disregard any negative reviews you may find here: you don't watch MGM musicals expecting "Anna Christie." This film knows exactly what it's doing, and it does just fine.


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