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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
02-17-2020
07:13 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the correction. I did not know it was Colleen in that picture and I guess I forgot (or never knew) that she was Mario's and Betty's firstborn. I did read somewhere she tried a musical career but was not successful. I also read of her tragic death in a pedestrian accident. Yes, truly, the Lanza saga would make a dramatic opera for sure. We all know about Damon but they also had another son, younger I believe, named Marc. I don't know a thing about him but believe he also died young.
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Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2020
03:40 PM ET (US)
Che Gelida never fails to amaze and enthrall, no matter how often it's heard. Only Mario. Martino, the little girl in the photo is Colleen, their firstborn. She died after being struck by two autos.She was 48 years old. The story of their lives is truly as tragic as any opera. Thankfully, there were many wonderful times as well.
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2020
01:48 PM ET (US)
I wish that Fiat t.v. commercial had been seen in the U.S. I wonder if Mario Lanza ever met Cary Grant ? Grant made one movie at M-G-M "Dream Wife" in early '50's. I know, Mario met James Mason(there's a photo of them from 1949)and Stewart Granger knew Mario.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2020
01:33 AM ET (US)
Boris Karloff was not in the film, but played the role on stage many times, and also on radio. He always got a big laugh when he referred to another character saying "He said I look like Boris Karloff!!"
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Wendy StilwellPerson was signed in when posted
02-16-2020
06:08 AM ET (US)
Wonderful film, Cary Grant. So good at comedy
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
02-16-2020
04:38 AM ET (US)
Reminds me of that great play and film: Arsenic And Old Lace!! Ciao.
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Wendy StilwellPerson was signed in when posted
02-15-2020
10:08 AM ET (US)
My favourite century for murders! I also love the true ones, eg poisoners. In the UK arsenic seemed to be favourite weapon!
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
02-15-2020
08:51 AM ET (US)
Thanks, Wendy. I will have to look her up. My Netflix watchlist is full of Victorian crime thrillers - I love to binge on them. Maybe Perry was a source for some of these series.
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Wendy StilwellPerson was signed in when posted
02-15-2020
06:31 AM ET (US)
Hi Martino. Her name is now Ann Perry. And she writes Victorian crime thrillers, set in the UK.
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Valeria PugiottoPerson was signed in when posted
02-15-2020
01:12 AM ET (US)
https://youtu.be/Gh3CBFj-uk8
In this video, Mario’ s ‘Come Prima’ is used for an add for the Fiat 500. I used to have the old version of that car. Three generations of my family drove it....
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
02-14-2020
11:59 PM ET (US)
"Something In The Wind" is in Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Collection-DVD's, which includes "Can't Help Singing", "Three Smart Girls"(her film debut), "First Love"(the movie, where Robert Stack gives her, her first screen kiss). I don't know if "Aaron Slick From Punkin Crick" is out on DVD.
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
02-14-2020
11:56 PM ET (US)
Thanks for correction, Martino. Mario Lanza also sang a few notes of that, when he and James Whitmore are in the guardhouse, in "Because You're Mine" and at end of "Night At The Opera", Allan Jones and Kitty Carlise sing it.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
02-14-2020
07:34 PM ET (US)
Kristine, I don't think I have seen either the Peerce or Merrill movies. From your description of Peerce and Durbin singing together while she is in jail, I think the "Miserere" you are talking about would more likely be from Il Trovatore rather than Tosca.
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
02-14-2020
06:49 PM ET (US)
There was a movie with Eric Roberts(isn't he, the brother of Julia Roberts ?)where, in one scene, there's a movie poster from "Because You're Mine" on a wall, I think. Also, in the t.v. version of Priscilla Presley's book "Elvis and Me"(which I read, years ago), in the opening scenes, there was "The Student Prince" record album(the one with full face of Mario Lanza)shown and also, the scene, when Priscilla is first introduced to Elvis, when he is in the Army, they both mention, they like Mario Lanza. By the way, Larry Peerce(son of tenor Jan Peerce)directed the movie. On the subject of Jan Peerce, his film debut was in a Deanna Durbin movie "Something In The Wind", where she and he sing "Misere" from "Tosca", when she is in jail and he plays a policeman. I think that would be his only movie. Robert Merrill's only movie was "Aaron Slick From Punkin' Creek", starring Dinah Shore, Alan Young.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
02-14-2020
06:32 PM ET (US)
Wendy, what name does she go by?
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Wendy StilwellPerson was signed in when posted
02-14-2020
02:47 PM ET (US)
Interesting that "Heavenly Creatures" was a true story, and one of the two girls involved in the mother's murder went on to be a famous author now living in the UK, I believe in Scotland. In fact, I didn't realise that I had been reading her books, until I read about her on her on the Internet
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