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The Day I Met Caruso 

A ten-year-old girl meets famed opera singer Enrico Caruso on a train between Boston and New York. She admonishes him for his extravagant lifestyle, but she is softened up somewhat when Caruso begins to sing arias from her favorite operas.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Zoe Akins, Elizabeth Bacon Rodewald (short story)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Lotfi Mansouri Lotfi Mansouri ... Enrico Caruso
Sandy Descher ... Elizabeth
Bill Walker ... Porter
Emily Lawrence Emily Lawrence ... Cousin Hannah
Walter Coy ... Father
Barbara Eiler Barbara Eiler ... Mother
Tito Vuolo ... Valet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Borzage ... Himself - in prologue
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Storyline

A ten-year-old girl meets famed opera singer Enrico Caruso on a train between Boston and New York. She admonishes him for his extravagant lifestyle, but she is softened up somewhat when Caruso begins to sing arias from her favorite operas.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The war alluded to in the show is WWI, which, for all practical purposes, started with the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, 28 July 1914 in Sarajevo (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) and ended, for all practical purposes, with the armistice between warring countries on 11 November 1918. The U.S. avoided the conflict until President Woodrow Wilson's call for war against Germany and its allies on 2 April 1917 and Congress's declaration of war 6 April 1917. See more »

Soundtracks

Over There
(uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
Performed by Enrico Caruso
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Enjoyable but slight.
6 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is a piece of fanciful fiction that I am sure never actually occurred. A young Quaker girl (Sandy Deschler) is on a train journey* when she notices a lot of folks making a huge fuss over Caruso (Lotfi Mansouri) who is getting on the train. As a Quaker, such ostentatious behaviors are frowned upon and a bit later the little girl approaches the great opera singer to tell him about the importance of humility. Caruso is quite taken with her and spends the rest of the trip serenading and talking to the nice young lady in his private compartment.

This is a very charming episode of "Screen Director's Playhouse". It lacks depth (the story is VERY simple) and never could have happened, but it is enjoyable. Additionally, Deschler was adorable as the girl and Mansouri did fine as the famed tenor and they used Caruso's own recordings (primitive as they are) and Mansouri lip synced along with them. Interestingly, Mansouri was an Iranian-American but his accent sounded pretty good- -though with such a heavy accent it also would have helped if the show had been captioned (especially since I am hard of hearing).


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