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Vincent Ricciardi
05:47 AM ET (US)
For anyone in the Milwaukee area this weekend I’ll be headlining Festa Italiana with my friends Aaron Caruso and Sam Vitale as the Sicilian Tenors. Think the Rat Pack meets Andrea Bocelli.

5pm - Friday 7/20, Saturday 7/21, & Sunday 7/22
Miller Light Oasis Stage

For more information visit the Festa website below.
Edited 07-19-2018 06:03 AM
06:45 PM ET (US)
Tab Hunter passed away at 87. RIP. The May 2018 issue of Classic Images has a story about Doretta Morrow. There are photos and a movie poster from "Because You're Mine" in it. Classic Images is a publication for vintage movie-t.v. show fans and is published in Muscatine, Iowa.
Bill Ronayne
09:02 AM ET (US)
Help support the Mario Lanza Institute's capital campaign fund for the new museum location. This is an exciting time in the history of the Mario Lanza Institute and one that will also benefit the city of Philadelphia.

Time is of the essence and no amount is too small. Donations of $5, $10 and $25 quickly add up and everything helps. You can donate online at www.mariolanzainstitute.org or by sending a check made out to Mario Lanza Institute to Mario Lanza Institute PO box 54624 Philadelphia, PA 19148. Those overseas can also send a donation via Western Union in US dollars but the conversion fee must be paid on the donor's end. Please email me at wjronayne@optonline.net with any questions. Best, Bill
Edited 07-16-2018 09:03 AM
06:44 AM ET (US)
Nancy Sinatra, RIP. She was friends with Barbara Stanwyck.
Fred Day
07:19 PM ET (US)
Nancy Barbato Sinatra, the first wife of Frank Sinatra, died yesterday, age 101. Rest in Peace. Ciao.
Ronald Sarbo
02:42 PM ET (US)
Except for TGC where his childhood sweetheart marries another Lanza is always the male in a triangle with 2 women.

TMK: Grayson and Marjorie Reynolds

TONO: Grayson and Rita Moreno

BYM: Doretta Morrow and Mara Corday

Serenade: Montiel and Joan Fontaine

SHOR: Alasio and Peggy Castle

FTFT: Von Kozian and Zsa Zsa Gabor

Everyone thought MacDonald's husband Gene Raymond was a Nelson Eddy Look-a-Like.

One bio quotes Nelson telling a friend "She couldn't get me so she married him."

Nelson and Jeanette had their ups and downs. One of their spats caused her to request Allan Jones for "The Firefly" and gave Jones his signature song.
Edited 07-14-2018 02:43 PM
09:02 PM ET (US)
Eddy, as they used to say, "was not the marrying type". However, at the stern command of Louis B. Mayer, he did get married in 1939 to a slightly older divorced woman whom Mayer found for him. She apparently, was happy to just be known as Mrs. Nelson Eddy. It must have worked out OK because they stayed together until Eddy's death in 1967. Eddy and MacDonald were great friends and mutual admirers. Since he recorded many of those operetta songs from their movies, I assume Mario saw them all back in the '30's and 40's and liked what he heard.
Edited 07-13-2018 09:06 PM
Diane Cox
05:44 PM ET (US)
Oh no. I depend so on my computer - my whole life revolves around it.
Gail Swartz
04:09 PM ET (US)
Thanks, Diane....lightning took out all of my electrical devices...lost all of the Turner movies with Mario..and lots of classical MUSICALS. .am blessed to have the dads.
Diane Cox
12:28 PM ET (US)
Gail Swartz
12:09 AM ET (US)
If you could view the out-take of One Love of Mine from Kiss you would see just how good Mario was as an actor. As for Eddy/MacDonald, they were in love but Mayer would not let them marry. Watch the document on YT.
Martino to Dennis
10:34 PM ET (US)
Yes, our interpretations of what you meant by "love struck" were slightly different but does not change things that much. I do agree with you that by your meaning, Grayson was the one that swept Mario away more than anyone else in his films. Just look at Lanza during the "Toast" boat parade scene when he became so bewitched at her sight that he crashed the boat ashore! Swept away for sure!! Also the scene when Mario first sees Grayson and steps up to the car to stare at her. He looked like a deer caught in headlights. As far as Eddy/MacDonald are concerned, I had heard they may have had an off screen relationship but I really don't know what the true story was with them off set. They were so tightly intertwined as a couple with their audience and fans that maybe the studio hatched some spicy rumors. Who knows?
Edited 07-12-2018 10:36 PM
08:22 PM ET (US)
Martino, you are insightful as always. I consider love-struck to be the feeling that "this is the one I'm going to marry", even at first meeting. You focus more on love-"stuck", which I admire as the more important love, one that will last for a life. So I was thinking more of which gal swept Mario away from the beginning. It is ironic that it seems that Kathryn was not too impressed by Mario, so it would REALLY take some acting for Mario to be lovestruck when he knows he is a bit dissed by his co-star.
On your slightly different point, that of Eddy/MacDonald, I agree with you that they really convey their love through their faces and their eyes. It seems that Eddy is the first to swoon or press the point of love, and then MacDonald (perhaps emotionally unable to stop flirting), follows through and responds with love. Your linked film clip is a perfect example. Note how MacDonald looks away a few times as he sings to her, but eventually she becomes laser-focused on his face. I, too, am a great fan of the two and have watched all of their operettas repeatedly—at first because I admired his voice and the song choices, but now it is indeed pleasant to get lost in her eyes as if she were singing to me. Agree?
P.S. Wasn't there some gossip that despite both being evidently happily married, that they were actually in love with each other...and maybe lovers?
Martino to Dennis
11:18 AM ET (US)
I talked about something very similar to your question not too long ago. It was in comparison between Lanza/Grayson and Eddy/MacDonald. E/M were the movie sweethearts of the '30s and early '40s and made quite a few films together, mostly adaptations of already popular operettas. L/G collaborations were mostly used as vehicles to introduce Lanza to film goers although I am sure MGM would have loved to have had another success such as E/M. It was not to be as L/G only made two pictures together. I feel there were several reasons why L/G did not achieve the heights and popularity of E/M, and one of those reasons was what you mentioned - "sold himself best as love struck".

I have often said you could never take Lanza seriously as having been truly "love struck", a deep and mature love. "Serenade" might have been an exception, as would "The Student Prince" if he had starred in it. TGC seemed as though Mario married out of convenience or the "Italian thing to do", although it was clear his love deepened later on. In SHOR, Lanza's commitment was not shown until the very end. BYM displayed Lanza as a confused lover, he never knew what he wanted, again, until the end. And FTFT, I was never sure if Lanza's love was perhaps felt mostly out of pity, at least not until the Ave Maria.

The two Grayson films were not love felt at all. Sure, Kathryn and Mario were playful and fun together but you could never believe their romance was based on a deep love and commitment of the heart. Eddy and MacDonald always displayed a love that was sincere and mature, whereas Lanza and Grayson were puppy love in comparison. Here is just one example of dozens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRl6_4uWsjc. Look at their faces as they sing to each other. Where in any Lanza film is that kind of look of true "love struck" shown? Mario came close several times but not like this. It is precisely this authenticity in virtually all their movies that established E/M and bound them as one, a single unit, to their audience - and it is precisely this authenticity that escaped L/G.
Stephen of Las Vegas
10:35 AM ET (US)
In 2007 Flare Records produced a CD of Ann Blyth recordings from several of her movies "Deep in my Heart." Included are songs from The Great Caruso and The Student Prince. A bonus recording she did by herself of Deep in My Heart, Dear that wasn't in the movie is included at the end. Available new and used from Amazon. Check it out here, which includes a list of the songs:


Of course, some of these are on Youtube.

A shame to see the old Lanza home destroyed!
Edited 07-12-2018 10:50 AM
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