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My Cousin (1918)

Sincere but struggling sculptor Tommasso (Caruso--bushy moustache, gawky) works in an ornamental plaster shop, but his masterpiece on the side is a bust of his cousin Caroli (Caruso--no ... See full summary »


Edward José


Margaret Turnbull (screenplay), Margaret Turnbull (story)




Cast overview:
Enrico Caruso ... Tommasso Longo / Cesare Caroli
Henry Leone ... Roberto Lombardi, the rich grocer
Carolina White Carolina White ... Rosa Ventura
Joseph Riccardi Joseph Riccardi ... Pietro Ventura, Rosa's father
A.G. Corbelle A.G. Corbelle ... Luigi Veddi
Bruno Zirato Bruno Zirato ... A Secretary
Will H. Bray Will H. Bray ... Ludovico, the shop boy (as William Bray)


Sincere but struggling sculptor Tommasso (Caruso--bushy moustache, gawky) works in an ornamental plaster shop, but his masterpiece on the side is a bust of his cousin Caroli (Caruso--no moustache, polished), who is the Metropolitan Opera's leading tenor. Tommasso hopes to marry his model Rosa, but her father, restaurant owner Pietro, wants her to find someone more settled and money-conscious, such as the greengrocer Lombardi down the street. Tommasso, he says, throws away his money, such as for a pair of tickets to take Rosa to the opera to see his famed cousin. After the opera, the cousins cross paths in the swanky Galeotto's restaurant, but when neither recognizes the other, Tommasso is generally mocked and Rosa believes him a liar and unworthy. Tommasso must recover his reputation and make a sale, preferably the Caroli bust to his cousin, in order to win Rosa back. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Comedy





Release Date:

24 November 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Min Fætter Caruso See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Caruso's skills as a caricaturist are displayed in the Galeotto restaurant scene when he quickly does a sketch on the back of his bill of two men slurping their spaghetti. See more »


When Tommasso proudly displays the pair of tickets to the Metropolitan Opera, they are dated "May 10, 1918". The 1917-18 Met season, however, ended on April 27. See more »

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Enjoyable Melodrama with a Knowing Take on 20th Century Stardom
24 June 2019 | by NYHeraldTribuneSee all my reviews

Enrico Caruso was one of the early global icons for his opera singing and here appropriately plays duel roles as a world famous Italian opera singer and his poor cousin living in NYC who works as a sculptor. Within the two roles he is quite distinct in his appearance and, indeed, the film begins with a sequence of various appearances the opera singer took on for his opera roles.

The plot hinges on the sculptor's love for Rosa who both works as his model and for her father in the restaurant the sculptor frequents. Although he has not seen his famous cousin since they were boys, he has sculpted a bust of him and seemingly likes to brag about his famous relative.

He takes Rosa to see his cousin play the old Metropolitan Opera house which is shot on location and offers a nice chance to see the place in 1918! But afterwards they attend a restaurant where the opera singer happens to be eating incognito. A brief meeting between the cousins who don't recognize each other on the opera star's way out is shortly followed by someone remarking upon who the man really was and Rosa believes the sculptor lied to her about having a famous cousin and breaks off their relationship.

I won't get any further into the plot to let the film speak for itself but there is interest in the line of people, fans and hopeful singers who want to meet the opera star and the greeting he gets while driving to his cousin in Little Italy which does seem like it might have been shot on location during a festival.

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