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Casanova's Big Night (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy | 12 April 1954 (UK)
A meek tailor thinks his wooing will be helped if he assumes the identity of the famous Casanova...who's deeply in debt.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Hal Kanter (written for the screen by), Edmund L. Hartmann (written for the screen by) (as Edmund Hartmann) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Pippo Popolino
Joan Fontaine ... Francesca Bruni
Audrey Dalton ... Donna Elena Di Gambetta
Basil Rathbone ... Lucio / Narrator
Hugh Marlowe ... Stefano Di Gambetta
Arnold Moss ... The Doge
John Carradine ... Minister Foressi
John Hoyt ... Maggiorin
Hope Emerson ... Duchess of Castelbello
Robert Hutton ... Raphael, Duc of Castelbello
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Emo the Murderer (as Lon Chaney)
Raymond Burr ... Minister Bragadin
Frieda Inescort ... Signora Di Gambetta
Primo Carnera Primo Carnera ... Corfa
Frank Puglia ... Carabaccio
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Storyline

Italy, 1757. Lowly tailor Pippo Popolino disguises himself as the great Casanova in order to romance attractive widow Francesca. He little suspects what he's getting into: locked into the incongruous role by the desperation of the real Casanova's creditors, Pippo must journey to Venice on a delicate mission far beyond his capabilities. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The hilarious story of Casanova - history's greatest wolf !

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Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Casanova See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Second of three movies Lon Chaney Jr and Vincent Price appeared in together. The first was Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) and last The Haunted Palace (1963) See more »

Goofs

When Pippo swoons from kissing Beatrice D'Brizzi, actress Joan Shawlee who plays Beatrice looks off-camera and smiles, breaking character, apparently amused over Bob Hope hamming up his swoon and ad libbing. Similarly, Joan Fontaine visibly cracks up during her initial scene with Hope. See more »

Quotes

Pippo Popolino: I can't let her down. I'd never be able to look another needle in the eye.
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Version of Casanova (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gondolier's Serenade
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph J. Lilley
Lyrics by Mack David and Bebe Black
(Used instrumentally)
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classic Bob Hope movie
16 May 2002 | by lonniebealeusaSee all my reviews

What a treat to see Bob impersonate the greatest of all lovers-Casanova. This is a wonderfully entertaining movie which keeps you amused throughout the entire film.Basil Rathbone as usual up to top form. Did he ever play anything but a scoundrel in all his movies? There are so many highlights it is difficult to choose any favorites,but the best would be at the end of the movie when Hope as Casanova is to be executed and appeals to the movie audience to spare him ,is one of the funniest scenes ever done.Next time you go to the movies take some popcorn with you and we may be able to save Bob from a fate worse than death.


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