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The Great Caruso Details


The film traces Naples-born Caruso's ascension from adolescent choir singer to the uppermost ranks of the opera world. Caruso is brought to America, getting off to a bad start by inadvertently insulting the impresario (Carl Benton Reid) responsible for his Metropolitan debut. This complication has a happy outcome when Caruso marries his benefactor's daughter (Ann Blyth). Refusing to spare himself or to hold back his talents from his fans, Caruso's health fails him, and he dies in 1921 at the age of 47. Featuring no fewer than 27 musical numbers, Great Caruso also stars Mario Lanza as Caruso, as well as such operatic superstars as Dorothy Kirsten and Jarmila Novotna. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 16, 1951


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Douglas Shearer Best Sound 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Johnny Green Best Musical Score 1951 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Richard Thorpe Best Director 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Helen Rose Best Color Costume Design 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gile Steele Best Color Costume Design 1951 Nominee


Mario Lanza
as Enrico Caruso
Ann Blyth
as Dorothy Benjamin
Dorothy Kirsten
as Louise Heggar
Jarmila Novotna
as Maria Selka
Richard Hageman
as Carlo Santi
Carl Benton Reid
as Park Benjamin
Eduard Franz
as Giulio Gatti-Casazza
Ludwig Donath
as Alfredo Brazzi
Alan Napier
as Jean de Reszke
Carl Milletaire
as Gino
Shepard Menken
as Fucito
Vincent Renno
as Tullio
Nestor Paiva
as Egisto Barretto
Mario Siletti
as Papa Caruso
Angela Clarke
as Mama Caruso
Ian Wolfe
as Hutchins
Edith Angold
as Hilda
Bert Roach
as Technician
Maurice Samuels
as Papa Gino
Blanche Thebom
as Opera Montage
Peter Brocco
as Father Bronzetti
Argentina Brunetti
as Mrs. Barretto
Minerva Urecal
as Carmencita Toscano
Gilbert Russell
as Opera Singer
Teresa Celli
as Opera Montage
Tito Vuolo
as Pietro Toscano
Matt Moore
as Max
Sherry Jackson
as Musetta as a Child
Mae Clarke
as Woman
John Hamilton
as Foster DeWitt
Silvio Minciotti
Yvette Dugay
as Musetta Barretto
David Bond
as Father Angelico
Paul Harvey
as Benefit Spokesman
Marina Koshetz
as Opera Montage


Richard Thorpe
Joe Pasternak
Sonya Levien
William Ludwig
Joseph Ruttenberg
Paul Francis Webster
Johnny Green
Musical Direction/Supervision
Johnny Green
Composer (Music Score)
Gene Ruggiero
Gabriel Scognamillo
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Jesse Lasky
Associate Producer
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Gile Steele
Costume Designer
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
Peter Ballbusch
Special Effects
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
William J. Tuttle