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SSAMUELIAN
26th January, 2023 23:49
THIS WILL BE MY LAST LANZA QUIZ. IT IS ALL ABOUT "THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS". I HAVE JUST SCREENED IT SO IT IS FRESH IN MIND. THERE WILL BE TWENTY QUESTIONS TOTAL. AS BEFORE, THE QUESTIONS WILL VARY FROM EASY TO VERY HARD. YOU CAN POST YOUR ANSWERS HERE OR EMAIL ME DIRECTLY AT SMS5565@GMAIL.COM.HAVE FUN!

1-"THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS" HAS SOMETHING NO OTHER LANZA FILM HAS. CAN YOU GUESS WHAT THAT IS? HINT: IT IS AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE FILM.

2-J. CARROLL NAISH GIVES WHAT I FEEL IS HIS BEST PERFORMANCES IN THIS OR ANY OTHER FILM HE APPEARS IN. HE IS A CHAMELEON WHOSE CHARACTERS DISAPPEAR SO YOU DON'T THINK "HEY THAT IS NAISH" BUT THINK HE IS THE CHARACTER IN FULL. WHAT IS HIS NAME IN "TOAST"?

3-WHILE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NAISH, I FEEL HE IS A SCENE STEALER JUST AS VINCENT PRICE WAS IN "SERENADE". HE HAS GREAT LINES. CAN YOU NAME ONE OR TWO?

4-THIS FILM HAS ANOTHER TRAIT THAT MAKES IT STAND OUT AMONG THE OTHER LANZA FILMS. THIS IS A PRODUCTION DANCE NUMBER. WHAT IS IT CALLED?

5-MARIO'S "JOB" DURING THE PRODUCTION NUMBER IS TO KEEP HIMSELF CENTERED AND RIGHT BEHIND TINA AND PIERRE. HE TOSSES IN SOME GREAT HIGH NOTES. TINA IS PLAYED BY WHAT ACTRESS WHO IS STILL LIVING TODAY AND IN HER EARLY NINETIES.

6-THIS FILM HAS DELIGHTFUL COMEDIC SCENES THROUGHOUT. CAN YOU NAME ONE OR TWO?

7-MARIO'S CHARACTER IN THIS FILM GOES BY WHAT NAME?

8-KATHRYN GRAYSON'S CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE HAS A LAST NAME SIMILAR TO A FAMOUS RUBBER TIRE COMPANY. NAME IT.

9-PEPE DUVALL, MARIO'S CHARACTER'S NAME, IS A SHRIMP FISHERMAN WHEN WE FIRST MEET HIM IN THE MOVIE. HE IS A MAN WHO HAS ONLY BASIC NEEDS. ONE OF THESE IS 1-A NEW BOAT 2-A NEW SUIT OR 3-A NEW HAT. WHICH ONE IS IT?

10-GRAYSON HAS A GOOD NUMBER OF HEW OWN OPERATIC ARIAS. IS SHE 1-A SOPRANO 2-A MEZZO SOPRANO OR 3-A COLORATURA?

11-THE COSTUMES IN THIS FILM ARE PARTICULARLY BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY COLORFUL. MARIO WEARS A DISTINCTIVE ONE AS HE SINGS "BE MY LOVE" IN DUET WITH GRAYSON. WHAT IS IT?

12-THERE ARE A COUPLE SCENES WHERE MARIO IS SINGING LIVE AS OPPOSED TO SINGING TO PRE-RECORDED TRACKS. NAME ONE OR TWO OF THESES SCENES.

13-ONE OF THE SILLIEST SONGS IN THE FILM IS AN ORIGINAL COMPOSITION THAT IS ABOUT HOW ONE'S HEART BEATS. NAME THE SONG.

14-WHEN MARIO AND KATHRYN SING "THE BAYOU LULLABYE", THEY BOTH LOOK VERY NICE. HOWEVER, IN A FEW SHOTS THEY DO NOT LOOK VERY WELL AT ALL. WHY IS THAT?

15-THERE IS A SONG WHICH MARIO SINGS TO KATHRYN AS HE STANDS OUTSIDE THE DOOR TO HER MUSIC PRACTICE ROOM. THE SONG IS ENTITLED WHAT?

16-KATHRYN INVITES MARIO INTO HER HOME AND HE THINKS HE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE ADVANCES ON HER. INSTEAD WHAT HAPPENS AS SHE TEACHES HIM THE PROPER WAY TO DANCE?

17-MARIO WEARS A TIGHT FITTING SHIRT WHILE LIFTING WEIGHTS IN A CONTEST BETWEEN HIM AND PIERRE NEAR THE FILM'S BEGINNING. WHAT DO WE LEARN ABOUT HIS PHYSIQUE?

18-THE DVD OF THIS MOVIE HAS SOME INTERESTING EXTRAS LIKE "OLD NEW ORLEANS" AND "NEW NEW ORLEANS". IT ALSO CONTAINS AN EXCELLENT DOCUMENTARY ON LANZA ENTITLED WHAT?

19-WHEN REHEARSING THE FINAL DUET IN "MADAME BUTTERFLY" MARIO THROWS SOMETHING TO THE FLOOR. WHAT IS IT?

20-THIS MOVIE WAS RELEASED BY 1-FOX 2-MGM 3-COLUMBIA OR 4-RKO?

Answers to the questions are below. Please do not cheat by looking at them before trying to answer to the best of your abilities!

1-Mario sings the title song as the opening credits pass by. The VHS tape of "Serenade" also has the title song sung but it isn't very good.
2-Uncle Nicky
3-He is watching a rather tubby tenor singing an aria that is a love song and he asks David Niven to translate. Niven replies "he is saying in his singing that he will kill himself if his lady love tries to leave him. Uncle Nicky says "he should"! Another is near the beginning when he vows to kill his dear nephew and he falls into the water while Mario laughs hysterically. Another happens while he sniffs the shrimp before dinner at a fancy restaurant called "Dominic's", makes a sour face and sends everyone's plates of iced shrimp back before they can even touch them.
4-"The Tina Lina"
5-Rita Moreno. Another big role for her was "Anita" in "West Side Story".
6-Mario acts the "bad boy" and while Niven is away he indeed IS the bad boy. In another scene we see Mario lift a member of the backstage crew telling him playfully "Be polite, you should always be polite". In yet another Kathryn takes Mario clothes shopping and invariably Mario picks out the garish shirts and ties while Kathryn picks out the classy ones.
7-Pepe Duvall
8-Michelin (full name Suzette Michelin)
9-All three
10-A coloratura. She hits some freakishly high notes in this movie.
11-A coat and jacket with a cap that has a little red ball attached to it.
12-When he does the scales when auditioning for the Maestro, the highest note of which has the chandeliers shaking. Also when he is being taught by the Maestro. And for fun, when Uncle Nicky lets out his best high note, looks at the chandelier and of course nothing happens.
13-"Boom Biddy Boom", which I believe was written by the famed "Sammy Kahn".
14- The long shots taken had noticeably poor stand ins who look nothing at all like the stars.
15-"I'll Never Love You"
16-He waltzes around the room and knocks a vase off a table and it comes crashing down. He replaces the vase later in the movie.
17-He has very broad shoulders which taper into a tight waistline. Photos in the Lanza Museum show him in his army days with the broadness of the shoulders looking practically inhuman
18-"Singing To The Gods", a very fine production filmed as a "mini documentary".
19-A half burned out cigarette
20-MGM, the company that released all of Mario's movies both in this country and abroad.
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SSAMUELIAN
26th January, 2023 18:59
I AM WRITING ABOUT CAROLE SHEA, MARIO'S COUSIN. I UNDERSTAND SHE IS VERY ILL. THE CANCER HAS RETURNED AND SHE SHOULD HAVE ALL OUR SUPPORT AND PRAYERS. SHE BEAT IT BEFORE AND LET'S HOPE FOR ANOTHER MIRACLE. WE LOVE AND NEED YOU CAROLE. GOD BLESS YOU DEAR ONE.
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SSAMUELIAN
26th January, 2023 01:13
I ENJOYED ONE OF THE NICEST NIGHTS I HAVE HAD IN YEARS TONIGHT THANKS TO MY TWO COUSINS BARARA AND SUZIE. WE GREW UP TOGETHER (AND THAT'S WHEN I LEARNED I LIKED PLAYING WITH GIRLS MORE THAN BOYS, LOL!) AND OUR MOTHERS TOOK DELIGHT IN HAVING US BEOME CLOSE. 
I DECIDED AFTER WATCHING "SERENADE" TONIGHT THAT I WOULD ENJOY DOING A SECOND QUIZ. ALL ANSWERS TO CLUES COME FROM "SERENADE". THEY VARY FROM EASY TO DIFFICULT. SO FAR OUR OWN DEREK MANNERING PLAYED THE PREVIOUS QUIZ AND GAVE HIMSELF APPROXIMATELY 60 PERCENT. AS I SAID IN THE LAST QUIZ, THE ANSWERS TO ALL QUESTIONS WILL APPEAR AT THE END. THERE ARE TWENTY OF THEM. YOU CAN ANSWER HERE OR EMAIL ME AT SMS5565@GMAIL.COM. PLEASE DO NOT CHEAT!
1-MARIO LANZA PLAYS DAMON VINCENTE IN "SERENADE". WAS HIS STAGE NAME USED TO HONOR ANOTHER OF HIS SONS? IF SO, WHICH ONE?
2-MARIO'S COUSIN TONIO TAKES MARIO FOR HIS VERY FIRST AUDITION AT A RESTAURANT.  NAME THE RESTAURANT.
3-WHAT DEROGATORY NAME IS USED IN THE FILM SEVERAL TIMES TO DENOTE TENORS WHO SING POORLY?
4-CHARACTER JUANA GREW UP WITH BULLFIGHTING. WHAT WAS THE NAME OF HER FATHER?
5-MARIO PLAYS A TORTURED SOUL BEAUTIFULLY IN THIS FILM, AND HE IS OFTEN TORTURED. WHEN HE IS SICK WITH MALARIA IN MEXICO CITY, WHO DISCOVERS HIM AND CALLS FOR A DOCTOR?
6-IN WHAT OPERA DOES MARIO SING AND THEN WALK OFF STAGE LEAVING THE SOPRANO ALONE. IN REAL LIFE HE WAS FRIENDS WITH THE SOPRANO. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER SEVERAL TIMES AT PAST LANZA BALLS WHEN SHE HAD NO FEAR OF SINGING OUT EVEN AT HER ADVANCED AGE. WHAT IS HER NAME?
7-WHEN MARIO SINGS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE CHURCH  HE IS "CURED". HE SINGS "AVE MARIA". IS IT THE SCHUBERT VERSION OR THE BACH-GONOUD VERSION?
8-I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT MARIO MADE A VERY HANDSOME AND FEARSOME OTELLO. WHO APPLIED HIS MAKE UP?
9-THE TITLE OF THE FILM IS, OF COURSE, "SERENADE". HE SINGS IT AT THE VERY END. WHAT OTHER TIME DOES HE SING IT?
10-THERE IS AN ALTERNATE VERSION OF THE SONG "SERENADE" FOUND ON ONE OR MORE LANZA CDS. WHY DO YOU THINK THE PRODUCERS ABANDONED IT IN FAVOR OF THE ONE USED?
11-AFTER MARIO HAS RECEIVED A GOOD BIT OF TRAINING BY THE MAESTRO HE GOES ON STAGE SINGING OPERATIC EXCERPTS. "AMOR TI VIETA" IS ONE WHICH IS STUNNING. WHAT OTHER EXCERPT IS HEARD IN A PRISON SCENE?
12-JOAN FONTAINE MAKES A GREAT BITCH IN THE MOVIE. I ONCE CALLED HER SECRETARY TO ASK FOR AN INTERVIEW BUT UNFORTUNATELY SHE INFORMED ME THAT "MISS FONTAINE DOES NOT DO INTERVIEWS ANYMORE". WHAT IS HER NAME IN THE MOVIE?
13-THE SONG MARIO SINGS WHEN AUDITIONING FOR THE MAESTRO IS CHOSEN BY VINCENT PRICE. NAME THE SONG.
14-VINCENT PRICE PRACTICALLY STEALS THE SHOW WITH HIS  MANY QUIPS AND SHARP WIT. WHEN HE AND MARIO ARE IN THE TAXI TOGETHER AFTER LEAVING FONTAINE'S APARTMENT WHAT DOES PRICE SAY TO THE CAB DRIVER?
15-THE PRIZEFIGHTER THAT FONTAINE JILTED ACHIEVED FAME ON A TELEVISION SHOW IN THE EARLY SIXTIES. WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THAT SHOW?
16-MARIO MARRIES SARITA MONTIEL, WHO IS HIS SECOND LOVE AFTER JOAN FONTAINE. IS SHE STILL LIVING?
17-MARIO'S WEIGHT APPEARS TO BE FAIRLY STABLE BUT IN ONE SCENE HE LOOKS HEAVIER. NAME THE SCENE.
EIL AND EXPANDED HER SCENES WHEN HE COULD. DURING THE FIESTA SHE 1-SINGS 2-DANCES 3-PLAYS LIKE A MATADOR?
19-MARIO'S SINGING IS EXCELLENT IN EVERY ARIA OR SONG HE PERFORMS. BUT HIS SPEAKING VOICE IS DIFFERENT THROUGHOUT THE MOVIE. JUST WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT IT?
20-AT THE VERY END OF THE MOVIE MANN SHOOTS MARIO FROM ABOVE AS HE SINGS THE FINAL, EXCITING HIGH NOTE. WHAT SLIGHTLY MARS THE NOTE?
Answers:
1-Damon Lanza
2-Lardelli's
3-Tugboats
4-Tirso Montes
5-There are two correct answers. One, the young Mexican boy. Two, Sarita Montiel
6-Licia Albanese
7-Schubert
8-We see him applying his own in the movie
9-Right before getting in the convertible car with Sarita
10-That version has a somewhat "impossibly high" tessitura. Mario sings it fine though.
11-Di quella pira
12-Kendal Hale
13-My Destiny
14-That they saw/heard the 16th round.
15-Ben Casey as played by Vince Edwards 
16-No. Unfortunately she died in 2013 at the age of 85
17-When he is in bed after two weeks of recuperating from his illness 
18-Number 3: plays like a matador 
19-If you listen carefully you notice his voice is lower when speaking or even whispering. In none of his other movies did he sound like this.
20-It is an exciting and ringing note but it has some wobble.
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SSAMUELIAN
24th January, 2023 23:42
TONIGHT I AM GOING TO "BORROW" WHAT BILL RONAYNE HAS DONE FOR YEARS FOR HIS EXCELLENT NEW YORK PUBLICATION CALLED "THE LEGACY OF MARIO LANZA". THAT IS, I AM GOING TO HAVE A QUIZ. THERE ARE FIFTEEN QUESTIONS AND THE ANSWERS VARY FROM SIMPLE TO VERY HARD! ONE HINT: ALL THE ANSWERS ARE FROM "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME". LET ME KNOW HOW MANY YOU GET RIGHT. YOU CAN POST YOUR ANSWERS HERE OR EMAIL ME AT SMS5565@GMAIL.COM. I WILL INCLUDE THE ANSWERS AT THE END, SO PLEASE DO NOT CHEAT!

1-WHEN DOES A PIECE OF PAPER ON THE LEFT SIDE OF A CONCERT HALL MISTAKENLY DRIFT FROM THE CEILING TO THE GROUND AT A CLUB MARIO IS APPEARING AT?

2-WHAT IS PEPE'S LAST NAME IN "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME"?

3-WHICH SONG DID RENATO RASCEL WRITE THAT MARIO SINGS WITH THE LITTLE ITALIAN GIRL?

4-WHAT TIME DOES THE CLOCK READ WHEN MARIO AND CAROL RALSTON REALIZE THEY ARE GOING TO BE LATE FOR MARIO'S BIG APPEARANCE AT THE ULPIA CLUB?

5-WHAT DOES PEPE MEAN WHEN HE SAYS HIS UNCLE RODE SIXTH FROM GARIBALDI?

6-WHO BUILT THE FAMOUS ROMAN ARCHITECTURE WHEN MARIO AND MARISA BUMP INTO EACH OTHER AFTER THE HELICOPTER RIDE?

7-WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE LITTLE "STREET URCHIN" THAT MARIO FOUND AND HAD THE PRODUCERS ADD TO "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME"?

8-WHO IN THE MOVIE "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME" HAS THE SAME AMOUNT OF LETTERS IN BOTH HIS FIRST AND LAST NAME?

9-IS THE SONG MARIO SINGS AT A PARTY AT PEPE'S FLAT 1-"EARTHBOUND" 2-"COME DANCE WITH ME" OR 3-"THE LOVELIEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR"?

10-WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE HORSE THE DRIVER WHO DROPS MARIO AND MARISA OFF AT PEPE'S OWN?

11-VICTOR YOUNG WROTE THE MELODY TO THE SONG "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME". WAS THIS HIS FIRST COMPOSITION OR HIS LAST?

12-MARIO LIKED TO PUT THE NAMES OF FAMILY MEMBERS IN HIS FILMS. FOR EXAMPLE, IN "FOR THE FIRST TIME" THE JUDGE DOES A ROLL CALL AND SAYS "ANTONIO COCOZZA". WHAT FAMILY NAME DOES HE USE IN "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME".

13-HOW MUCH DOES MARIO EARN WHEN HE STARTS SINGING FOR THE CLUB LUIGI?

14-MARISA ALLASIO WAS KNOWN AS WHAT OTHER FAMOUS STAR IN HER ACTING CAREER?

15-IS ALLASIO STILL LIVING?

Answers:
1-Around the time Mario sings "Questa o quella"..
2-Bonelli
3-"Arrivederci Roma"
4-Eight o'clock
5-He rode a horse in the service when his uncle was six positions to the left.
6-Bernini
7-Luisa Di Meo
8-Mario Lanza
9-"Come Dance With Me"
10-Lucretia
11-His very last
12-His son Marc
13-Either five thousand lyre or three thousand would be correct
14-The Italian Bridget Bardot
15-Fortunately she is still living

THANKS FOR PLAYING THIS QUIZ!
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SSAMUELIAN
24th January, 2023 12:48
FIRST I ASK YOU TO TOTALLY IGNORE MY POST BELOW. IT WAS WRITTEN 1 AM AND I WAS A SLEEPYHEAD.I WANT TO REVISE MY POST BELOW. I WAS WRITING IT 1 AM AND WAS FALLING ASLEEP!
I WANT TO MAKE CLEAR MY POST.

MARIO HAS INNATE VALUES THAT COME NATURALLY. HE WAS  BORN WITH THEM. ALSO SOME ARE  LEARNED WITH A GOOD DIRECTOR.FOR A SINGER, MARIO'S ACTING IS QUITE GOOD. ONE SCENE IN PARTICULAR COMES TO MIND. HE ASKS KATHRYN GRAYSON TO DANCE WHILE DAVID NIVEN LOOKS ON CONFUSED. MARIO SAYS "OH, FINE, FINE". THE WAY HE SAYS THOSE THREE WORDS SUPPORTS MY FEELING OF GOOD ACTING. IT'S HARD TO PUT INTO WORDS THE WAY HE DELIVERS ENJOYING A WONDERFUL HOME MADE DINNER (TENDER MEATLOAF AND MASHED POTATOES), I WAS MOVED TO WATCH PARTS OF "THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS". HERE ARE A FEW COMMENTS THAT CAME TO ME. 1-THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE ONE MOVIE THAT STANDS OUT FROM ALL MARIO'S OTHER MOVIES SINCE IT HAS SCENES WITH BIG CROWDS. THINK TINA LINA WHICH HAS A LOT GOING ON. MARIO'S CHIEF JOB HERE WAS TO ALWAYS CENTER HIMSELF AS HE DID BETWEEN "TINA" AND HER BOYFRIEND WHOSE NAME I CANT' THINK OF AT THE MOMENT.

ANOTHER BIG SCENE COMES WITH THE "BLESSINGS OF THE BOATS" AND ANOTHER IS WHEM THE PEOPLE ARE FAVING A FEAT WITH LOBSTERS, SHRIMP, AND MUCH MORE. AND I'M GOING TO STOP HERE BECAUSE I HAVE MADE MYSELF HUNGRY WRITING THIS, LOL.
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SSAMUELIAN
24th January, 2023 02:11
ADUCTION VALUES. 2-MARIO'S ACTING IS QUITE GOOD. ONE SCENE IN PARTICULAR COMES TO MIND. HE ASKS KATHRYN GRAYSON TO DANCE WHILE DAVID NIVEN LOOKS ON CONFUSED. MARIO SAYS "OH, FINE, FINE". THE WAY HE SAYS THOSE THREE WORDS SUPPORTS MY FEELING OF GOOD ACTING. IT'S HARD TO PUT INTO WORDS THE WAY HE DELIVERS FTER ENJOYING A WONDERFUL HOME MADE DINNER (TENDER MEATLOAF AND MASHED POTATOES), I WAS MOVED TO WATCH PARTS OF "THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS". HERE ARE A FEW COMMENTS THAT CAME TO ME. 1-THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE ONE MOVIE THAT STANDS OUT FROM MARIO'S OTHER MOVIES SINCE IT HAS BIG CROWD CLARIFICATION. STAY TUNED!!
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SSAMUELIAN
22nd January, 2023 14:43
This treatise explains the why and wherefore of the tenor named Mario Lanza from 1946 to his death in 1959 and often further as RCA pulled recordings that were not released. Think the Royal Albert Hall show, Despite Lanza not wanting it to be released it offers great insight as to how he performed live. In the greatness of a piece like "Because You're Mine" and its amazing final note we get shivers. In "Bonjour Ma Bell, we have funny parts where he blows a song he sings that Costa "repairs"plays. In the correct melody of "House on the Hill" he goes so sharp at the end that he barely recovers.

Mario's actual singing is wondrous. I love the way he is square on a note and then he slides down. This happens often and he uses it for a good effect.

His emphasis of words brings out what he has always said about one note or another as being his last one on earth. For example in "The Student Prince, his "soft pedal on "Golden Days is very sweet,. I noticed that Callinicos directed the music for the movie. Who better to do this than the man who heard Mario in the very beginning to nearly the very end. He criticized the second class way of recording when Mario added his voice to already existing tracks. I am no fan of Judith Raskin, but when you hear her parts they have much more quality and clarity than Mario' since he was dealing with engineers who didn't know how to best record him. Listen to the recordings he made at home with Elissa there. It is like listening to this "wall of sound" that leaves one in the clouds.

Why he sings his songs so well is obvious to any discerning listener. In the Coke show recordings he is at the very zenith of his powers. Plus the powers that influenced him wanted him to hit high notes at song endings frequently. In the "Cavalcade of Show Tunes" golden notes are common. "Only A Rose" is a particularly great song but the last note is golden with lots of "ring". He had less of this in the later recordings but the rich bass in his voice made up for some of that.

Finally, his voice varies on numbers that he recorded more than once. Is there a better sung "O Sole Mio" than the one featured in "For The First Time". No!. He sang that very same piece earlier and as nice sounding as it is, the voice is less mature. I am not sure about this but did he not sing this even earlier on other radio shows like the Edgar Bergin fun fests?

Summoning up, Mario has left us with a treasure trove of recordings that are incomparable. I always listen to his voice when faced with listening to others. Mario, you are indeed he best!
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SSAMUELIAN
22nd January, 2023 00:40
I KNOW MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THE BLU RAY OF "THE GREAT CARUSO". THIS DISC IS NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING WITH NO GRAIN, NO SCRATCHES, NO DIRT IN THE NEGATIVE. NOTHING BUT JUST PURE PICTURE QUALITY. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE THIS DISC AND IF YOU DON'T YOU CAN PICK UP A BLU RAY DVD PLAYER VERY CHEAP THESE DAYS. A PLUS IS THAT BLU RAY PLAYERS WILL ACTUALLY MAKE STANDARD DVDS BETTER BY UPGRADING THEM. THAT WILL HELP YOUR ENTIRE DVD COLLECTION.
WHEN IT COMES TO THE SINGING, MARIO DELIVERS FLAWLESS PERFORMANCES. I DON'T SAY THIS EASILY BUT IT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE. EACH ARIA OR SONG IS AMONG HIS BEST WORK OF ALL HIS MOVIES. AND HE IS VERY CONSISTENT. A LITTLE SIDE IS THAT HIS WEIGHT IS ALSO CONSISTENT AND HIS BODY IS STRONG. 
THERE IS ANOTHER INTERESTING POINT MADE IN THE MOVIE AND THAT IS THAT MANY OF THE SONGS/ARIAS RELATE TO THE STORY. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN HE SINGS "A VUCHELLA" TO MUSETTA  ALL EYES ARE FOCUSED ON THOSE RUBY RED LIPS. THERE ARE TWO MONTAGES IN THE MOVIE AND THEY ARE HARD TO TIE IN WITH THE STORY SINCE THEY VARY SO MUCH. SOMETIMES, TOO, THIS IS NOT TRUE. FOR EXAMPLE "LA DANZA" MEANS LET'S DANCE BUT THIS HAS NO MEANING TO THE STORY. 
TAKE "VESTI LA GIUBBA". THIS IS OBVIOUS SINCE  MARIO'S HEART IS BREAKING LIKE THE FAMOUS CLOWN. HE SO MUCH WANTS DOROTHY TO BE WITH HIM BUT SHE CANNOT THANKS TO HER CURMUDGEON OF A FATHER. WHEN HE SINGS "AVE MARIA" (THE BACK GOUNOD VERSION) HE FEELS TORN AGAIN HAVING TO HAVE "THE VOICE" IN ONE PLACE WHILE HE PERSONALLY IS IN ANOTHER. IN "CHE GELIDA MANINA" MARIO IS SINGING FULL VOLUME AND IS IN AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE HE AND DOROTHY KIRSTEN ARE COLD. THUS "YOUR TINY HAND IS FROZEN". IT MIGHT BE STRETCHING BUT THIS ARIA  ALSO BREAKS THE ICE  BETWEEN THE AUDIENCE AND THE SINGER. BEFORE IT, HE WAS PUT DOWN BY SINGING TO "THE DIAMOND HORSESHOE" BUT HERE HE HAS THE CHANCE TO BE HIMSELF SINCE HE CAME FROM POOR ROOTS. 
ANN BLYTH SINGS BETTER THAN EXPECTED WHEN PERFORMING "THE LOVELIEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR", A FITTING SONG SINCE THIS IS THE NIGHT SHE ANNOUNCES THAT THEY WILL HAVE A BABY. THE "RIGOLETTO QUARTET" IS SUCH THAT I DON'T KNOW THE MEANING. BUT IT IS OBVIOUSLY MEANINGFUL SINCE MARIO FINDS OUT THAT HE AND DOROTHY WANT TO KNOW IF THEY ARE HAVING A GIRL OR BOY. TURNS OUT "IT'S A GIRL"!
WE SEE THE EARLY RECORDING DEVICES USED BY CARUSO AS HE SANG INTO A SPECIAL BRASS HORN. THE SONG HE IS "CUTTING" IS "BECAUSE" AND REFERS TO THE LOVE INVOLVED IN HAVING A CHILD. THIS FITS THE STORY PERFECTLY SINCE MARIO IS IMPRESSED THAT HIS RECORD WILL STILL BE AROUND LONG AFTER HE IS GONE. 
WE HEAR "M'APPARI" AND IT MEANS THE DEEP LOVE AND COMMITMENT OF TWO MARRIED PEOPLE. THIS IS A HAPPY TIME FOR ENRICO AND DOROTHY. A TIME WHERE HE SHOWS OFF HIS POLICEMEN'S BADGES. SO, AGAIN WE HAVE SOME RELATABLE MEANING. THE "LAST ROSE OF SUMMER" IS AN EASY ONE. ENRICO IS QUITE SICK AND WILTING JUST LIKE A ROSE WOULD AFTER THE SUMMER HAS PASSED. IN THE MOVIE WE SEE MARIO FALL DEAD EXACTLY AS THE CURTAIN CLOSES. THE ORCHESTRAL ENDING IS "BECAUSE" AND AGAIN WE ARE REMINDED ABOUT LOVE BUT THIS TIME IT IS THE LOVE AND WORSHIP OF A GREAT ARTIST WHO HAS GONE TO HEAVEN. 
I MAY HAVE MISSED SOME ALONG THE WAY, BUT MY CHIEF POINT IN WRITING HAS BEEN TO SHOW HOW MANY OF THE SONGS AND ARIAS RELATE TO THE STORYLINE. 
NOW MAKE SURE YOU GET MAXIMUM ENJOYMENT WHILE THINKING ABOUT THE CONNECTIONS TO THE PLOT I HAVE MADE. AND IF YOU DON'T GET A BLU RAY PLAYER AND OF COURSE THE BLU RAY DISC, WARNER HOME VIDEO WILL NOT BE HAPPY. THEY PROMISED MARIO'S DAUGHTER ELISSA MANY YEARS RUNNING THAT THEY WOULD RELEASE "THE GREAT CARUSO" AND THEY FINALLY MADE GOOD ON THEIR PROMISE. IT WOULDN'T BE OUT OF THE QUESTION TO WANT MORE BLU RAY DISCS EITHER AS A SET OR INDIVIDUAL TITLES. AFTER ALL, MARIO ONLY MADE 8 FILMS (IF YOU COUNT "THE STUDENT PRINCE") AND DESERVES TO BE REMEMBERED WITH QUALITY AND PRAISE!  
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BillRonayne
21st January, 2023 20:26
Please note that the Mario Lanza Birthday Remembrance Party at the Lanza Museum on the 28th is now sold out. Best, Bill
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SSAMUELIAN
21st January, 2023 07:44
TONIGHT IS THE LAST OF MY DINNER AND MOVIE REVIEWS. TONIGHT'S FOOD WAS NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING. IT WAS ASIAN FOOD SERVED WITH HUGE PORTIONS. FIRST WAS THE AL DENTE PASTA WITH PULLED PORK. DELICIOUS. THE SECOND ENTREE WAS AMAZING. THEY TAKE BRUSSEL SPROUTS AND DEEP FRY THEM ALONG WITH BACON AND SERVED WITH STICKY RICE. IT HAS LOTS OF "HEAT". THE RESTAURANT SERVING THESE IS CALLED "DAN DAN" AND WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME BY A YOUNG MAN WHO WORKS THE GENIUS BAR AT THE LOCAL APPLE STORE. HE WORKED OVERTIME TO BRING MY IPHONE 11 PRO UP TO THE NEWLY DESIGNED FEATURES.

I GOT HOME TO FIND A LARGE BOOK ABOUT TESLA CARS FROM 2012 TO THE PRESENT. EVERYTHING YOU WOULD EVER WANT TO KNOW IS WITHIN THE PAGES I AM ANXIOUS TO READ AS A TESLA MODEL S (FOR SAM!) IS ON MY BUCKET LIST. A USED ONE WITH ONE OWNER IS EXTREMELY CLEAN, SELLS FOR 29, 999 DOLLARS AND HAS 64,000 MILES ON IT. IT WILL GO FROM 0-60 MPH IN 4 SECONDS. IT ALSO HAS A HANDY SUN ROOF. IT CAN GO FOR 250 MILES ON ONE CHARGE.

THEN IT WAS DOWNSTAIRS TO SCREEN "THE STUDENT PRINCE". THIS IS A FILM I HAVEN'T WATCHED NEARLY AS MUCH AS OTHER FILMS ASSOCIATED WITH MARIO. IN SCREENING IT I FELT SADNESS KNOWING THAT IT HAS A ROLE MARIO SHOULD HAVE ENJOYED WERE IT NOT FOR THE ARROGANCE OF DORE SCHARY.

IT STARTS WITH MARIO AS THE PRINCE BEING INTRODUCED TO THE QUEEN'S DAUGHTER PLAYED BY BETTA ST. JOHN. QUEEN MATHILDA IS PLAYED BY THERE IS MUCH FANFARE AS DANCING CONTINUES FOR HOURS. KARL IS THE PRINCE PLAYED VERY EFFECTIVELY BY EDMUND PURDOM. HE IS SO GOOD AS THE STUFFY PRINCE. MARIO MAY HAVE HAD TO HAVE SOME COACHING TO BE THAT WAY. AS THE FILM DEVELOPS KARL'S RESERVE BREAKS DOWN AND HE IS MORE LIKE A CHARACTER WE'D EXPECT IN A MARIO LANZA FILM. THE CREDITS ANNOUNCE "THE SINGING VOICE OF MARIO LANZA AS THE STUDENT PRINCE".

THE GENERAL FEELING OF THE KING, WELL PLAYED BY LOUIS CALHERN AND THE QUEEN (PLAYED BY EVELYN VARDEN) IS THAT KARL NEEDS TO LOOSEN UP. HIS FRIEND AND PERSONAL TEACHER IS THE CHARACTER ESSAYED BY EDMUND GWENN. HE IS HAPPILY CHUBBY AND HAS A TAILORED LOOKING BEARD AND MOUSTACHE. HIS NAME IS PROFESSOR JUTTNER. HE IS HOUNDED BY THE STIFF VALET NAMED LUTZ, WHO IS JOHN WILLIAMS. IT IS DECIDED THAT HEIDELBERG WOULD BE THE PERFECT PLACE FOR KARL TO EXPERIENCE. JUTTNER IS HAPPY ABOUT THIS SINCE WHEN HE WAS YOUNG HE ATTENDED CLASSES AT HEIDELBERG.

FROM THE START KARL ACTS LIKE THE PRINCE HE IS AND COMES CLOSE MANY TIMES TO LETTING HIS IDENTITY BE KNOWN. HE MEETS ANN BLYTH WHO IS KATHIE RUDER. SHE IS THE NIECE OF THE TAVERN OWNER S.K. "CUDDLES" SAKAL WHOSE NAME IS JOSEPH RUDER. ANN IS VERY PRETTY AS A BLONDE, THOUGH SHE WOULD BE A BEAUTY WITH ANY HAIR COLOR. SHE SINGS A SONG WITH WORDS ESPECIALLY WRITTEN BY HER UNCLE. LATER, WHEN KATHIE IS LEFT ALONE WITH KARL THEY BOTH SING THE SAME SONG BY SIGMUND ROMBERG WHO WROTE MOST OF THE SCORE EXCEPT FOR TWO SONGS. THE SWEET "SUMMERTIME IN HEIDELBERG" IS SUNG AS KARL IS IMMEDIATELY STRICKEN WITH HIS FASCINATION OF KATHIE. HE GOES TOO FAR TOO SOON AND TRIES KISSING HER ONLY TO HAVE HIS FACE SLAPPED. LATER LUTZ TELLS RUDER WHAT HAPPENED AND RUDER SAYS HE MUST HAVE BEEN FRESH. SINCE THIS PAIR FIRST MET THERE WAS TENSION IN THE AIR. RUDER THOUGHT LUTZ WAS A ROYAL BY THE WAY HE CARRIED HIMSELF. RUDER CARRIES LUTZ' LUGGAGE BUT DROPS THEM LIKE A HOT POTATO WHEN LUTZ REAL IDENTITY AS A VALET IS KNOWN. RUDER IS TOLD TO IGNORE LUTZ AND HE SAYS JUST THAT--"LUTZ, I IGNORE YOU"! THE CUDDLES TRADEMARKS OF "SHEESH" AND "NACK, NACK" AND SLIGHT GROANS SHOW ACTING WORTH THE WAIT.

KATHIE SLOWLY BUT SURELY TREATS KARL BETTER. SHE BRINGS HIM SAUERKRAUT AND BRATWURST. HE PUSHES IT AWAY BUT THEN TRIES IT AND LIKES IT. SHE SHOWS HIM IT IS EVEN BETTER WITH BEER AND BRINGS HIM A COLD STEIN. THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR PURDOM/MARIO TO SING "DRINK, DRINK, DRINK" AND A FINE HIGH NOTE ENDS THE SONG. LET ME INTERJECT HERE THAT THERE IS A LOT OF CHORAL SINGING GOING ON IN THE BACKGROUND AND ALSO UP FRONT. ALL SILVERWARE AND DISHES STRIKE WHATEVER GOODNESS LINGERS AND THE COSTUMES ARE VERY COLORFUL, WHILE THE SUSTAINED LAUGHTER AND THE SPIRIT OF THE FILM IS ONE OF GAIETY.

OLD LUTZIE CONVINCES RUDER TO SEND KATHIE AWAY TO ELIMINATE ANY FURTHER CONTACT WITH KARL. KARL FOLLOWS HER TO THE RESTAURANT ACROSS THE RIVER. HERE SHE WAS GIVEN A JOB BY RUDER'S FORMER FRIEND. SHE DROPS SOME DISHES AND IS FIRED, QUITE A PRICE TO PAY DESPITE KARL OFFERING TO PAY FOR ANY DAMAGE. KARL PRACTICALLY BEGS HER TO RETURN TO HEIDELBERG AND SHE DOES. THE STUDENTS HAVE SORELY MISSED HER.

KARL IS INTRODUCED TO THE WESTPHALIAN CORP HEADED BY RICHARD ANDERSON AS LUCAS. THE COMPETING CORP MEMBERS ARE THE SAXO-BARUTIONS (SP?). THE STUFFY CORP HEAD GRUDGINGLY HANDLES LUCAS AND ASKS FOR A DOCTOR. THIS BACKGROUND SONG WAS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS IN THE SCORE. A FIGHT FOR HONOR DEVELOPS AS THE PRINCE AND HIS SPARRING PARTNER BEGIN THE FIGHT AND IT IS A CLOSE ONE UNTIL PURDOM SCRATCHES HIS FACE AND COUNT VON ASTERBERG ACCEDES.

KATHIE IS VERY FEARFUL AND HIDES BEHIND A TREE UNTIL SHE SEES THAT KARL IS OKAY. AS THEY WALK HE SINGS TO HER A HEARTFELT "DEEP IN MY HEART". THEIR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER IS NOW FIRM AND THEY KISS FREQUENTLY. A COLORFUL AND EXCITING BALL IS HELD WITH DANCERS AND ACROBATS HAVING A GREAT TIME. THIS FILM WAS AMONG THE EARLY CINEMASCOPE FILMS IN N1954. "WHITE CHRISTMAS" WITH ROSEMARY CLOONEY WAS AMONG THE VERY FIRST. IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THERE ARE RARE PRINTS OUT THERE THAT SHOW THE ENTIRE "STUDENT PRINCE" WAS ALSO FILMED IN THE STANDARD "TV" RATIO OF 4:3. I HAD A CLIP OF IT IN THIS FORMAT THAT SHOWED THIS TO BE TRUE. TODAY TO AVOID SHOWING IT IN CINEMASCOPE PRINTS WOULD BE "PAN AND SCAN" BY CENTERING THE ACTION AS THE FILM UNREELS.

KARL AND KATHIE ARE SO CAUGHT UP IN THE FUN THAT THEY MAKE PLANS TO "ESCAPE". SHE RUNS HOME TO CHANGE HER CLOTHES BUT IS UNEASY. AT HER DOOR MARIO SINGS "BELOVED"--THE VERSION USED FOR THE FILM AND NOT THE MORE OVER THE TOP VERSION THAT STARTED THE BIG FIGHT BETWEEN LANZA AND THE STUDIO. INSTEAD OF LEVYING A HUGE SUM FROM LANZA, IT WAS AGREED THAT IF LANZA'S VOCALS WERE USED IN THE FILM THEN THE CASE WOULD BE DROPPED.

NOT MUCH LATER PRIME MINISTER VON MARK APPEARS AS PURDOM IS CARRYING HIS SUITCASE. HE CONVINCES HIM THAT HIS GRANDFATHER IS ILL, QUITE ILL. PURDOM TAKES THE TRAIN TOO FIND THE OLD MAN SITTING UP AND WELL DRESSED. HE INSISTS THAT KARL IS TO BE MARRIED AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED AND THAT KARL IS NEVER TO RETURN TO HEIDELBERG. THE NEXT SCENE SHOWS THE KING'S COFFIN RAISED HIGH IN THE AIR WHILE PURDOM SINGS "I'LL WALK WITH GOD" IN A LONG SHOT WITH JUST ONE OR TWO CLOSE UPS. THE MOST TENDER MOMENT FOR ME IS WHEN PURDOM ALMOST LOSES HIS COMPOSURE AND HOLDS BACK TEARS. THIS SONG HAS PERSONAL MEANING AS I HAVE BEEN SINGING A HARMONIZED VERSION IN DUET FORM SINCE 12TH GRADE IN HIGH SCHOOL. ALSO, I PLAYED MARIO SINGING IT AS MY FATHER'S GRAVESIDE AFTER MY EULOGY TO HIM WAS READ BY OUR MINISTER.

KARL IS TRAVELING TO BE MARRIED BUT TELLS THEM TO STOP IN HEIDELBERG. HE PROMISED KATHIE HE WOULD RETURN SOMEDAY AND HE KEEPS HIS PROMISE. HE SINGS A TENDER AND MEANINGFUL "GOLDEN DAYS". KATHIE IS HAPPY TO SEE HIM AND WISHES HIM WELL ON HIS MARRIAGE. SHE SMILES AS HE WALKS AWAY BUT THEN WE SEE HER HOLDING BACK TEARS. ANN BLYTH IS A TERRIFIC ACTRESS AND THIS MOMENT PROVES THAT.

THE PROFESSOR AND KARL LEAVE IN A COACH WHILE THE CHORUS SINGS "GAUDEAMUS IGITUR" AND GWEN TRANSLATES IT---LET US REJOICE WHILE WE ARE YOUNG". THE WONDERFUL "MADE IN HOLLYWOOD USA BY MGM" APPEARS OVER "THE END" CARD. THEN TWO PAGES OF CAST MEMBERS ARE SHOWN AND WE SAY GOODBYE TO THIS FINE FILM UNTIL THE NEXT SCREENING. AS I FINISH WRITING THIS AT 1 AM I SAY GOODNIGHT TO ALL. I HOPE YOU HAVE GLEANED SOME INTERESTING FACTS FROM MY REVIEW. GIVE ME ANY FEEDBACK SO I KNOW IT AND THE OTHERS HAVE BEEN READ BY SOME OF YOU. THANKS!
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20th January, 2023 15:05
WE HAVE BEEN GAINING WEIGHT WITH OUR MANY WONDERFUL CULINARY ADVENTURES. CUE "AH SWEET MYSTERY OF LIFE". WE START BY HAVING CEREAL THAT IS FROM TRADER JOE'S. POUR MILK OVER THE CHOSEN BRAND WHICH CONTAINS NUTS AND GRANOLA ALONG WITH OTHER INGREDIENTS.  WE LET THIS SIT FOR FIVE MINUTES SO THE MILK CAN MAKE THE CEREAL EASIER TO SWALLOW AND MORE FLAVORFUL. WE FOLLOW THIS WITH THE ALL TIME GREAT BREAKFAST FOOD THAT IS MORNING EGGS. ONE CAN SCRAMBLE, OVER EASY, OR POACHED. WE OPTED FOR SCRAMBLED SINCE WE ALSO HAVE AMERICAN CHEESE AND CHERRY TOMATOES TO MAKE ORDINARY EGGS TASTE EXTRAORDINARY. THERE IS A FRUIT THAT SUPPOSEDLY IS VERY HEALTHY FOR YOU. THAT IS A GRAPEFRUIT. JUST CUT AWAY THE SKIN AND DIG IN. WATCH FOR SEEDS. THE FINAL COURSE IS PANCAKES. WHETHER BLUEBERRY, CHOCOLATE, OR APPLE  THIS IS A DELICIOUS WAY TO START THE DAY. (HAVE  YOU NOTICED I INADVERTENTLY RHYMED A  COUPLE TIMES WHEN EATING. USING PANCAKE MIX, ADD THE FRUIT OR FRUITS YOU HAVE CHOSEN, PUT THE PANCAKES ASIDE FOR A MINUTE WHILE YOU GET SOME BUTTER TO APPLY TO EVERY SURFACE OF THE CAKES. LAST, USE EXTRA THICK WHIPPED CREAM TO COMPLETE THIS DISH. OH YES, USE ONLY A HIGH GRADE MAPLE SUGAR POURED LIBERALLY.
OUR MOVIE IS "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE". MARIO WANTED TO MAKE "THE STUDENT PRINCE" SINCE HE FELT BYM WAS TOO FRIVOLOUS, HE SUPPOSEDLY WAS QUOTED AS SAYING "YOU CAN'T PUT CARUSO IN THE ARMY"! THE POWERS AT MGM DIDN'T AGREE BUT PROMISED TO HAVE HIS NEXT FILM BE AN ESTABLISHED CLASSIC AFTER HE ESSAYS THIS ONE. THE MOVIE STARTS WITH MARIO OOGLING AND THEN KISSING FRANCESCA, HIS LONG TIME LOVER. SOON HE SINGS A GREAT ARIA USING HIS DEEPEST TONES. MEANWHILE HE STOPS AT HIS MOTHER'S HOUSE. THE MOTHER IS PLAYING A 78 RECORD OF "MAMMA MIA". SEGUE TO AN ARMY INDUCTION CENTER AS WE SEE MEN WHO HAVE BEEN DRAFTED GETTING READY TO HOP ON THE TRAIN THAT WILL CARRY THEM TO THE BARRACKS. THESE MEN SURROUND MARIO AND IN THE DISTANCE WE SEE MARIO'S BUDDY TERRY ROBINSON, THE MAN WHO BECAME HIS FRIEND AND TRAINER. JUST THEN WE HEAR THE TOUGH SERGEANT SHOUT HIS NAME "ROSSANO". STOPPED DEAD IN THEIR TRACKS ARE MARIO'S REAL LIFE MOM AND DAD WHO ASK FOR AN AUTOGRAPH. THE SERGEANT SAYS "WELL, I'VE NEVER SEEN AN OPERA BUT HERE'S ME OPERA-TUNITY. GRUDGINGLY MARIO GOES INTO A LIVE "QUESTA O QUELLA". 
THE TRUCK DELIVERS THE MEN TO YET ANOTHER SERGEANT WHO PUTS THE MEN DOWN AS A "CRUMMY BUNCH" THAT HE WILL STRAIGHTEN OUT. THE MEN HEAD INTO A HORRIBLY DIRTY BARRACKS AND MARIO IS GOADED ON BY A FEW MEN WHO HAVE SPOTTED SERGEANT BATTERSON (OR BAT FOR SHORT). MARIO'S BACK IS TURNED AWAY. HE SAYS THIS SERGEANT IS THE WORST OF THE BUNCH. "I'VE STUDIED A LITTLE PSYCHOLOGY AND HE HAS A HEAD SHAPED LIKE AN ACORN". SGT: "EXCUSE ME  BUT I FIND THIS HIGHLY OBJECTIONABLE. SEEMS LIKE WHEN I SAW YOU YOUR HEAD WAS SHAPED LIKE A WATERMELON. SUDDENLY MARIO TURNS AROUND AND THE SGT.  PUTS ON  HIS GLASSES AND SAYS "PAGLIACCI"!!
HE AND MARIO WALK INTO THE SGT'S OFFICE. DUMBFOUNDED, HE ASKS FOR HIS AUTOGRAPH AND THEY SHAKE HANDS AFTER BAT TELLS HIM A LONG LIST OF OPERAS MARIO DID WHICH HE ATTENDED. THE SGT. HAS A  RECORD PLAYER AND PUTS ON THE BACKGROUND OF "THE SONG ANGELS SING".THIS IS BASED ON A CLASSICAL MELODY. OUTSIDE TRUCKS STOP AND LISTEN WHILE GIVING ROUSING APPLAUSE. THE PRAISE DOESN'T LAST LONG SINCE THE CAPTAIN BREAKS IT UP AND TELLS EVERYONE TO GET INTO THEIR FATIGUES. MARIO GOES INTO A PHONE BOOTH AND TELLS FRANCESCA HOW TO SING A SONG SHE IS STRUGGLING WITH. THE HATEFUL CAPTAIN HEARS PART OF THE ARIA AND THEN MARIO SLIPS AWAY AS THE CAPTAIN SNEERS THAT MARIO IS "GOING INTO THE OVEN" AND WILL SOON NOT BE HALF BAKED. 
MARIO AND BAT BECOME FAST FRIENDS. IN THE NIGHT THEY ARE WALKING AND MARIO TELLS HIM HE HAS ALWAYS SUNG "THE LORD'S PRAYER" ON THE NEXT DAY WHICH IS EASTER SUNDAY. A FEMALE SGT. PLAYS THE ORGAN AND MARIO SINGS THE SONG WITH AN EXPANSIVE QUALITY. WITHOUT A BREAK IN THE SONG THE SCENE SHIFTS TO THE CHAPEL. MARIO INTRODUCES ALL HIS FRIENDS TO HIS MOTHER. MOM HAS PREVIOUSLY MADE A DEAL WITH THE GENERAL (CURTIS COOKSEY) WHO BEAMS AT THEM. MAMMA WANTS TO TAKE THE TWO COUPLES (BAT HAS A GIRLFRIEND NAMED PATTY WEAR) TO HER FLAT AND SHE TEACHES BRIDGET, WHO IS FALLING IN LOVE HOW TO MAKE IT. BRIDGET IS BATTERSON'S SISTER. SHE IS TAKING NOTHING SERIOUSLY AND SITS AT THE PIANO AND PLAYS/SINGS "GUMMY FOR YOUR TUMMY (THE SONG SHE SINGS ON HER RADIO BROADCASTS). NOT TO BE OUTDONE, MARIO PLAYS A PERFECT INTRODUCTION AND SINGS HIS OWN JINGLE "FLUFFY FOAM", A PRODUCT NO ONE WILL MISS.
PATTY AND BAT LEAVE SO MARIO AND BRIDGET CAN REHEARSE. THEY MEET THEM LATER AT A NEARBY RESTAURANT/CLUB FOR DINNER. MARIO TAKES BRIDGET ONTO THE DANCE FLOOR AND SINGS THE PRETTY "LEE-AH-LOO" WHILE THE CAPTAIN COMES OUT OF THE DARK AND BERATES BOTH BAT AND MARIO. BAT PUTS ON AN ACT FOR THE CAPTAIN AND ORDERS MARIO TO KP DUTY PEELING BAGS AND BAGS OF POTATOES. THE THREE CLOSE FRIENDS SING A FUNNY ADAPTED  VERSION OF THE "RIGOLETTO QUARTET". YOU HEAR "RENALDO IS A  TOMATO EXPERT" AND SO ON.

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT EASTER SUNDAY HAS ARRIVED. MARIO AND BAT SEE THE CHAPEL AND WALK INSIDE WHILE THE ORGANIST IS PLAYING.  WHEN MARIO ASKS TO DO "THE LORD'S PRAYER" SHE SAYS SHE'D BE HONORED PLAYING IT. (NOTE AN AMAZING THING HAPPENS::  WHEN MARIO AND BAT ARE OUTSIDE THE CHAPEL MARIO IS VERY SLENDER, ACTUALLY HIS PERFECT  WEIGHT. WHEN THEY ENTER MARIO IS 60 POUNDS HEAVIER. I PITY THE COSTUME DEPARTMENT AT MGM AS THEY HAD TO KEEP SEWING TO FIT HIS WEIGHT!) WHILE HE SINGS HE CAN LOOK OUT TO SEE PRIVATES, SERGEANTS. CAPTAINS, AND GENERALS ALL WORSHIPPING. 
WHEN THE SERVICE IS OVER AND ALL ARE WALKING DOWN THE STEPS, THE GENERAL AND HIS WIFE (PLAYED BY THE RELIABLE SPRING BYINGTON) HAVE BEEN TALKING TO MARIO'S MOM. SHE NEEDS TO TAKE THEM TO HER FLAT SO THEY CAN HAVE A LASAGNA DINNER. MOM WHISTLES AND A MILITARY CAR APPROACHES QUICKLY. MARIO AND BAT ARE IN THE FRONT SEAT AS THEY PASS THE CAPTAIN AND SALUTE HIM WHILE DON LOOKS DAZED! ONCE IN HER FLAT THE UNBELIEVABLY GOOD LOOKING AND HUGE LASAGNA IS HEATED WHILE THE SALAD IS BEING MADE BY PATTY.  BAT SINGS AN ARIA VERY BADLY AND CANNOT HIT THE HIGH NOTE SO MARIO SINGS IT. WITH HIM. MARIO AND BRIDGET ARE LEFT ALONE AND SING A SOFT RENDITION OF "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE" .THEY ARE KISSING AND EACH TIME BAT BRINGS THE SALAD BOWL TO TOSS IN THE KITCHEN HE LOOKS ON WHILE HE ASSUMES THEY ARE STILL KISSING. MOM ADMITS THAT HER LASAGNA "ISN'T FITS FOR GOATS" AND THAT SHE PAYS HER ITALIAN NEIGHBOR TO MAKE IT. 
THE TIME COMES  FOR MARIO AND BAT TO USE THEIR WEEKEND PASS BUT WE FIND ALL PASSES ARE WITHDRAWN SO ALL SOLDIERS CAN PREPARE FOR THE FOREIGN  "BRASS" AND THEIR VISIT. PATTY TRIES TO CONVINCE SPRING BYINGTON TO RESTORE THE PASSES MARIO AND BAT HAVE SECURED SO THEY CAN DRIVE THE TRIP TO NEW YORK  TO MAKE RECORDINGS WITH FRANCESCA. THEY DO AN EXACTLY ONE MINUTE ARIA BUT ONLY AFTER FRANCESCA GIVES BRIDGET A TALK ABOUT "OPTIONS" SHE SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, TELLING HER SHE CAN MAKE ANY KIND OF DEAL. WHY? BECAUSE MARIO NEEDS TO MAKE A BUCK. VERY UPSET, BRIDGET CRIES BEFORE HER BROTHER  AND SAYS "IF I GET A  BREAK, I WANT IT TO BE BASED ON MY TALENT" AND NOT BECAUSE MR. LANZA NEEDS TO MAKE A BUCK", THEY LEAVE SUDDENLY AND MARIO CANNOT FIND THEM EXCEPT FOR AN UNHAPPY NOTE THEY LEFT FOR HIM.  ONCE MARIO RETURNS TO THE BASE BAT VOWS TO MAKE MARIO SUFFER AND MAKES HIM A "ONE MAN ARMY." WE SEE POOR MARIO IN THE RAIN AND TRIPPING IN THE MUD, HE WORKS THROUGH THE NIGHT AND AS HE TAKES HIS CLOTHES OFF BAT TELLS HIM HE MUST PRACTICE WAR EXERCISES, RIGHT THEN. HIS MORALE HAS BEEN BROKEN.
THE NEXT MORNING MARIO TALKS TO BAT ABOUT BRIDGET AND WHAT HAPPENED AT THE RECORDING SESSION, HE MAKES MARIO (AND HIS THREE FRIENDS) CRAWL IN THE DIRT WHILE GUNSHOTS WHIZZ BY. BRIDGET COMES TO TELL MARIO THAT SHE LOVES HIM BUT MARIO IS WALKING SENTRY AND BLAMES BAT FOR HIS SORROWS. HE SAYS SOMETHING UNTOWARD TO MARIO WHILE  BAT HITS HIM, A FIGHT BREAKS OUT AND MARIO AND BAT ARE STILL FIGHTING AS THE CAPTAIN BREAKS THEM UP AND HAS THEM CONFINED TO TWO ADJOINING CELLS, THEY ARE EATING THE FAMOUS  ARMY DISH CALLED "S.O.S" THAT IS OTHERWISE KNOWN AS "SHIT ON A SHINGLE"!
THERE IS A WONDERFUL SEQUENCE SHOWING THE ENTIRE  GROUP OF UNIFORMED PEOPLE MARCH WHILE AIRPLANES FLY ABOVE, BAT ASKS WHAT THEY WERE FIGHTING ABOUT WHILE BUMMING TO EAT WHAT MARIO HAS NO APPETITE FOR. FORTUNE SMILES ON HIM AS MARIO  RECOGNIZES HIS OLD FRENCH SOLDIER BUDDY PIERRE MONTAL, HE SINGS THE ARIA ABOUT BEING HELD CAPTIVE WHILE MONTAL RUSHES TOWARD HIM!, BAT IS ALL SMILES AS HE SAYS "AND SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT THE UNITED NATIONS WOULDN'T WORK", QUICK SEGUE TO MARIO WHO IS ONSTAGE LOOKING GREAT AND SINGING "GRANDA" WITH HIS HANDS HELD IN HIS FAMOUS "PRIZE FIGHTER'S" STANCE, HE LOOKS AROUND THE AUDIENCE AND SPIES BRIDGET HIDING IN THE REAR. HE WANTS TO SING "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE" AND TELLS BRIDGET IT IS MUCH BETTER AS A DUET. THE SONG IS SUNG BEAUTIFULLY AND POWERFULLY AS THE TWO LOVERS EMBRACE WHILE HITTING STUNNING HIGH NOTES. CUE THE MGM ENDING "MADE IN HOLLYWOOD USA",  THE TWO PAGES OF END CREDITS CLOSE THE MOVIE. 
I HAVE ALWAYS FOUND THAT BYM IS A VERY PLEASANT MOVIE (FEEL GOOD AS THEY SAY) AND LOVE THE SONGS AND ARIAS  IN IT. MY FATHER, WHO SERVED IN THE ARMY, LOVED THE FILM AND COULD RELATE TO IT. HE ALSO TOLD ME WHAT A GREAT VOICE MARIO HAD. 

I HAVE ONLY ONE MORE NIGHT OF DINNER AND A MOVIE WITH "THE STUDENT PRINCE". BYE FOR NOW!
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SSAMUELIAN
20th January, 2023 01:08
IT'S TIME AGAIN FOR DINNER AND A MOVIE. DINNER IS RATHER WINSOME SINCE IT IS COMPOSED OF FIVE ARMENIAN SPECIALTY DISHES. ALL WERE MADE BY THE "ARMENIAN DELIGHT" STORE. 1-YALANCHI SARMA, WHICH ARE GRAPE LEAVES STUFFED WITH RICE AND SPICES 2-ARMENIAN STRING CHEESE, SOMETHING THAT YOU FIND A LOT THESE DAYS AT THE SUPERMARKET. BUT THE REAL ARMENIAN CHEESE CAN BE SLICED AND EATEN IN CHUNKS OR PULLED TO MAKE STRINGS 3-ARMENIAN PAKLAVA.CALLED BAKLAVA BY THE GREEKS, THIS IS MADE BY MANY LAYERS OF FILO DOUGH AND FILLED IN THE CENTER BY FINELY CHOPPED WALNUTS. TO KEEP IT MOIST AND JUICY HONEY WATER IS DRIZZLED ON IT. 4-THE FIRST MAIN COURSE IS CALLED "LAHMAJOUN". THESE ARE EIGHT INCH IN DIAMETER PIECES OF DOUGH THAT HAVE A SPECIAL THIN MEAT LAYER WITH GARLIC. JUST HEAT FOR ONE OR TWO MINUTES IN THE MICROWAVE. 5-I SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST. THE DISH IS CALLED "MANTI". SIMILAR TO TORTELLINI, THESE ARE TWO INCH FLATS OF DOUGH FILLED WITH HAMBURGER WITH SPICES AND THEN PINCHED TOGETHER TO MAKE LITTLE "BOATS". YOU BOIL CHICKEN BROTH AND THEN DROP IN THE MANTI. SERVE WITH YOGURT ON TOP.

OUR MOVIE IS "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS". THIS IS MARIO'S FIRST FEATURE FILM. THE CREDIT IN RED SAYS "INTRODUCING MARIO LANZA". AFTER THE CREDITS WE SEE OVERHEAD SHOTS OF PHILADELPHIA. THEN CUT TO A LARGE OIL PAINTING OF ABIGAIL BUDELL. SHE IS PLAYED BY ETHEL BARRYMORE. SHE IS QUITE WEALTHY AND WANTS TO START HER OWN OPERA COMPANY. SHE HAS A BEAUTIFUL AND BUXOM GRAND DAUGHTER PLAYED BY KATHRYN GRAYSON. GRAYSON AND HER MUSIC TEACHER MADAME BUGET HAVE COME FROM SHOPPING. THEY SEE KEENAN WYNN LYING ON THE SOFA EATING WHAT LOOKS LIKE RAISINS THAT HE PUTS HIGH ABOVE HIS HEAD AND DROPS THEM INTO HIS MOUTH ONE BY ONE. KATHRYN LEARS AT HIM PLAYFULLY. NEARBY IS A YOUNG TENOR WITH HIS BACK TO THE AUDIENCE. IT HAS TAKEN FIFTEEN MINUTES BEFORE WE SEE THE MAN PLAYING THE PIANO IS MARIO LANZA. HE IS SINGING AN ARIA AND THEN KATHRYN STARTS COMIC BANTER WITH HIM. ONE PHRASE HE SAYS IS 'YOU'RE A VERY NICE GIRL BUT YOU'VE GOT MY PENCIL". KATHRYN'S CHARACTER IS NAMED "PRUDENCE". WHAT A STODGY SOUNDING NAME! ABIGAIL HAS INVITED HER FRIEND JOSE ITURBI (PLAYING HIMSELF) TO HER HOUSE TO DISCUSS HER PLANS TO START AN OPERA COMPANY. HE IS NOT SO SURE A COMPANY PERFORMING JUST OPERAS WILL FLY AND THERE ARE NO NAME STARS TO DO IT. ITURBI THEN INVITES PRUDENCE TO SING AN ARIA. SHE STARTS BUT KEEPS LOOKING UP AT THE CEILING. ITURBI SITS AT THE PIANO AND PLAYS THE INTRODUCTION AGAIN BUT FASTER. KATHRYN FREEZES AND ITURBI CALLS HER AN AMATEUR. SHE STORMS OUT OF THE ROOM AND THEN COMES BACK TO SAY "SORRY" TO HER GRAND MOTHER.

PRUDENCE IS ATTRACTED TO MARIO WHO FOR THE ONLY TIME ONSCREEN HAD HIS HAIR DYED A REDDISH BROWN. WHY THEY DIDN'T JUST LET HIM KEEP HIS JET BLACK HAIR IS ANYONE'S GUESS. THE EVER POPULAR BUTLER IS PLAYED BY ARTHUR TREACHER. HE STANDS JUST OUTSIDE THE ROOM WHERE THE OTHERS ARE. AS MARIO LEAVES HE PUTS HIS HANDS OVER TREACHER'S SHOULDER AND LETS OUT A GLORIOUS HIGH NOTE WHICH WAS RECORDED LIVE.

PRUDENCE TAKES ITURBI TO A RESTAURANT OWNED BY THE MAN PLAYING MARIO'S FATHER--THE WONDERFUL CHARACTER ACTOR J. CARROLL NAISH. HE IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM THE PART HE PLAYS AS MARIO'S UNCLE NICKY. A TRUE ACTING CHAMELEON, HERE HE IS THE FATHER OF JOHNNY DONNETTI, KATHRYN AND ITURBI SIT AT A TABLE IN NAISH'S RESTAURANT. NAISH SUDDENLY REALIZES HE IS LOOKING AT JOSE ITURBI. HE STARTS SINGING "O SOLE MIO" AND HAS A FEW SHAKY NOTES. ITURBI AND KATHRYN STAND UP TO LEAVE PROMISING THEY WILL RETURN. (KATHRYN BROUGHT ITURBI TO THE RESTAURANT THINKING HE WOULD HEAR MARIO).

WE SEGUE TO THE TRUCKING COMPANY WHERE MARIO AND KEENAN WORK TOGETHER. ONCE AGAIN KATHRYN DRAGS ITURBI TO SEE/HEAR MARIO. THERE ARE FIVE MEN SITTING AROUND THE PIANO SINGING IN A NICE HARMONY. ONE BY ONE KATHRYN ELIMINATES THEM AS SHE SHAKES HER HEAD WHILE ITURBI QUESTIONS EACH QUIETLY. KEENAN PLAYS THE PIANO BANGING OUT A CLASSICAL TUNE. ITURBI GRABS HIS HANDS AND TELLS HIM "PLAY IT, DON'T BEAT IT TO DEATH"! MARIO IS RUNNING LATE AND ITURBI ALMOST LEAVES UNTIL KEENAN HEARS HIS TRUCK APPROACHING.

MARIO THINKS THE GUYS ARE PLAYING A PRANK ON HIM BUT THE MINUTE HE SEES ITURBI HE WAVES HIS HAND. INCIDENTALLY, MARJORIE LORD IS IN THE ROOM WITH HER HAIR BLONDE. MARIO ASKS ITURBI TO PLAY "UNA FURTIVA LAGRIME" (BUT ITURBI NEEDS TO HEAR ONLY THE LAST THIRD). HE TELLS KATHRYN THAT OUR BOY HAS A VERY AGREEABLE VOICE BUT MAKES NO PROMISES AT HIRING AN UNKNOWN FOR THE FIRST OPERA PRODUCTION. KATHRYN SUGGESTS THAT ITURBI FEATURE MARIO IN ONE OF HIS REGULAR ORCHESTRAL PROGRAMS. AS A TEST. HE HANDS MARIO THE SCORE TO "CELESTE AIDA" AND SINGS IT COMPLETE FROM START TO FINISH. KATHRYN KISSES HIM FOR GOOD LUCK AND MARIO DOES QUITE WELL. IN THE MEANTIME ITURBI HAS HIRED A TUBBY TENOR DELIGHTFULLY PLAYED BY THOMAS GOMEZ AND NAMED GUIDO BETTELLI. HE STAYS TO HEAR "THE TRUCK DRIVER" AND APPLAUDS VERY WEAKLY IN HIS BOX SEAT.

KATHRYN AND BETTELLI REHEARSE AN ARIA AFTER GRAYSON SINGS AN OPERATIC SONG. SHE HAS A VERY HARD TIME LOOKING AT HIM AND TURNS HER FACE AWAY SO SHE WON'T LAUGH. SOON BETTELLI TIRES OF THIS CAT AND MOUSE REHEARSAL, LEAVING WITH "ITSA TOO MUCH FOR TODAY MAESTRO". GRAYSON PUSHES TO HAVE LANZA SING INSTEAD. ITURBI WON'T HEAR OF IT SINCE THE OPERA WILL HAVE TWO UNKNOWNS. GRAYSON SINGS ANOTHER SOLO THE NEXT DAY. AN AMBULANCE OUTSIDE MAKES SO MUCH NOISE THAT AGAIN BETTELLI BOWS OUT FOR THE DAY.
I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED IF GOMEZ IS SINGING WITH HIS OWN VOICE. I THINK THE ANSWER IS YES, OR AT LEAST PARTS ARE GOMEZ'S VOICE.

MARIO GETS A GROUP OF MUSICIANS TOGETHER LATE AT NIGHT AND SINGS THE LOVELY SONG "THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE ME" AS A SERENADE TO GRAYSON. SHE SINGS IN DUET AND TRAVELS DOWN TO THE OUTSIDE GARDEN. IT IS THERE THAT THEY HAVE "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS"! LATER THAT NIGHT SHE DELIVERS TEA TO HER GRAND MOTHER BUT HER HEAD IS IN THE CLOUDS AND LEAVES WITHOUT SERVING THE TEA.

JULES MUNSHIN PLAYS THE PART OF ITURBI'S ASSISTANT AND GRABS A BATON AND DOES A COMIC VERSION OF THE CLASSIC TUNE BEING PLAYED. HE SHINES HERE. NOT TO BE TALKED OUT OF HAVING MARIO APPEAR WITH HER FOR THE OPERETTA THEY ARE REHEARSING, SHE PLEADS HER CASE WITH ITURBI AND WINS EVEN THOUGH ITURBI IS UNSURE WHETHER MARIO CAN SUSTAIN AND ENTIRE PRODUCTION.

HE AGREES TO HAVE HIM STAR IN THE PRODUCTION AND PRUDENCE HAS ALREADY FALLEN IN LOVE WITH JOHNNY. NAISH AND HIS WIFE TAKE HER FAMOUS PASTA FAGIOLA SOUP UP TO ITURBI'S APARTMENT AS A THANK YOU. MAMA DOESN'T DO ELEVATORS SO HE IS WINDED WALKING UP SIX FLIGHTS OF STAIRS. WE SEE ITURBI PLAYING ONE GRAND PIANO AND HIS REAL LIFE SISTER AMPARO PLAYS THE OTHER. KATHRYN WANTS TO BE THE ONE WHO GIVES MARIO THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT BEING A CO-STAR. SHE WALKS INTO THE OFFICE OF THE DELIVERY COMPANY QUITE EXCITED BUT LEAVES DEJECTED. MARJORIE GUSHES ABOUT HOW SHE AND MARIO ALWAYS PLANNED TO BE TOGETHER AND IT IS AT THIS POINT THAT KATHRYN TURNS HER HEAD AWAY AND MARJORIE ASKS IF SHE COULD BE THE ONE TO GIVE HER JOHNNY THE GOOD NEWS. KATHRYN IS DEVASTATED BUT ALSO ANGRY THAT MARIO NEVER TOLD HER ABOUT MARJORIE.

MARIO ARRANGES ANOTHER LATE NIGHT SERENADE SINGING "I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW". ARTHUR TREACHER IS THE ONLY AUDIENCE AND APPLAUDS LANZA BUT KATHRYN NEVER MAKES AN APPEARANCE WHILE TELLING HER GRAND MOTHER THAT JOHNNY IS TWO TIMING HER. MRS. BUDELL SENDS LANZA PACKING. JULES MUNCHIN STARTS THE FIRST OF TWO HILARIOUS SCENES WHERE HE TELLS BETELLI WHAT HE WOULD DO IF HE WERE INSULTED BY ITURBI AND COMPANY. HE PICKS UP A RADIO AND TRASHES IT, HE THROWS CLOTHES AROUND, AND ASKS FOR BETTELLI'S ASSISTANCE TO THROW A CHAIR OUT OF THE WINDOW.

KATHRYN AGREES TO SING WITH MARIO BUT OTHERWISE HAVE NO FURTHER INVOLVEMENT WITH HIM. SHE WEAKLY TELLS ITURBI HOW DIFFERENT IT IS TO SING WITH A PROFESSIONAL. IN THE MEANTIME MUNSHIN PULLS HIS SECOND FRIGHTFUL SCENE AND THIS TIME BETTELLI THROWS A GLASS ASHTRAY AT THE MIRROR, WHICH IS CONSIDERED A SIGN OF BAD LUCK. HE SCREAMS AT MUNSHIN TO "GET OUT OF HERE".AT THE NAISH RESTAURANT, PAPA IS SEEN DANCING WITH MAMA TO "THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING". HIS SINGING VOICE HERE IS BETTER THAN HIS OPERATIC VOICE WAS.

MARIO IN THE MEANTIME HAS BEEN TURNED DOWN SEVERAL TIMES AT MARIO'S INVITATION TO DATE MORE OFTEN. KEENAN AND MARIO AND MARJORIE ARE SITTING AT A TABLE AND MARIO HAS THE NERVE TO ASK FOR MARJORIE'S HAND IN MARRIAGE. ITURBI IMMEDIATELY REALIZES THIS IS A MISTAKE. MARIO LETS SLIP THAT HE IS GOING TO BE MARRIED. PAPA'S FACE DROPS AS DOES ITURBI'S AT THIS NEWS, BUT MARJORIE IS ENTHRALLED CALLING MAMMA DONNETTI "MAMMA MIA". ITURBI GIVES MARIO THE COLD SHOULDER SAYING THAT HE DOESN'T HAVE MUCH IN COMMON WITH HIM OUTSIDE OF MUSIC. MARIO TURNS TO TELL HIM THAT "I THINK I AM MARRYING A GIRL HE DOESN'T THINK HE LOVES. KEENAN IN SHOCK WALKS MARJORIE AWAY AND THE IMPLICATION IS THAT HE WILL WIN HER HAND.

THE BIG NIGHT APPROACHES AND BETTELLI NO LONGER HAS HIS CONTRACT WHICH WAS TORN UP AT MUNSHIN'S SECOND "TIRADE". ITURBI AND FRIENDS GET BETTELLI TO SHED THE BLUE AND GOLD COSTUME THAT IS MARIO'S SIZE. THE CHORUS AND KATHRYN START SINGING THE DELIGHTFUL MELODY AND WHEN MARIO MAKES HIS SINGING ENTRANCE KATHRYN IS BEAMING. NOTE THAT THIS WORK HAD NOT BEEN REHEARSED IN THE MOVIE. RATHER, OTHER ARIAS ARE REHEARSED. THE CAMERA CLOSES IN ON THE COUPLE AND THEY KISS AS THE END TITLE COMES UP. THE FILM ENDS WITH TWO PAGES OF CREDITS GIVEN TO THE ACTORS.

THUS ENDS A VERY LIKABLE FEATURE AFTER THE VERY LIKABLE DINNER. COULD YOU ASK FOR MORE? I THINK NOT!!
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18th January, 2023 12:47
I FORGOT TO COVER A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF INFORMATION. AFTER REHEARSING OTHELLO MARIO ASKS ABOUT TAKING A BREAK AS HE IS DRAINED. ONE ARIA MUST HAVE BEEN VERY WELL REHEARSED SINCE REAL FANS FEEL IT IS HIS BEST EVER. NAMELY "DIO MI POTEVI". THE SHOW MUST GO AND HE AND LICIA ARE ONSTAGE TOGETHER. MARIO LOOKS FABULOUS AS OTHELLO. HE PERFORMS WELL BUT KEEPS LOOKING AT THE EMPTY BOX WHERE BITCH FONTAINE SHOULD BE SITTING. HE RUNS INTO HIS DRESSING ROOM AND QUICKLY PULLS OFF HIS MAKE UP AND COSTUME. PRICE IS SHOVED ASIDE. TONIO, AND THE OTHERS INSISTS LANZA WOULD BE RUINING HIS CAREER. HE FORLORNLY LISTENS WITHOUT HEARING. AS TONIO SAYS "SHE'S NOT WORTH IT, SHE'S JUST A TRAMP". BOOM! MARIO SOCKS HIM IN THE JAW AND HE FALLS. IT IS THEN THAT MARIO LEAVES BEIND A CAREER ESSENTIALLY BEFORE IT HAS EVEN STARTED. HE LOOKS DEVASTATED AS HE RUNS AND CATCHES A PLANE TO MEXICO.
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18th January, 2023 12:10
YES, IT'S THAT TIME AGIN. TIME FOR DINNER AND A MOVIE. TONIGHT WE ATE A VERY BASIIC ENTREE THAT ARMENIANS HAVE BEEN ENJOYING FOR YEARS. IT'S CALLED "LAHMAJOUN", WHICH WE PURCHASE BY THE DOZEN. THINK AN EIGHTH INCH DIAMETER MINI PIZZA EXCEPT THERE IS A FINE LAYER OF MEAT AND SPICES ON TOP. ALL YOU DO IS PUT IT IN THE MICROWAVE FOR A MINUTE AND DEFROST IT AND SERVE. IT IS NOT AN EASY DISH TO MAKE SO WE PURCHASE IT FROM OUR NEIGHBORING STAR CALLED "THE ARMENIAN DELIGHT". WE NEVER SPEND LESS THAN 100 DOLLARS THERE. A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT TOOK THE LIFE OF THE OWNER AS SHE HAD A HEART ATTACK AND SLAMMED INTO A TREE KILLING HER. SHE HAS TWO SONS WHO WORK THERE AND ARMENIANS ARE PRAYING THEY KEEP THE STORE GOING OR AT LEAST UNTIL SOME ENTERPRISING FIGURE STEPS IN.

SO TONIGHT'S DINNER AND A MOVIE ARRIVED AND THAT ONE WAS MADE BY WARNER BROTHERS CALLED "SERENADE" STARRING MARIO LANZA AND SARITA MONTIEL (SHE PASSED AWAY IN 2013). "SERENADE" IS LOOSLY BASED ON THE JAMES McCAIN NOVEL OF THAT TITLE. IT IS A DARK NOVEL THAT FEATURES HOMOSEXUALITY, PROSTITUTION, AND DEPRAVITY. JACK WARNER HAD PURCHASED THE RIGHTS TO IT BUT TOTALLY WATERED DOWN THE WORK AND TURNED IT INTO A MUSICAL IN 1956. "SERENADE" IS ARGUABLY LANZA'S FINEST SCREEN EFFORT. "THE GREAT CARUSO" RUNS NECK AND NECK TO IT. CLASSIC OPERA LOVERS WOULD RANK IT AS THE BEST.

THE FILM WAS SHOT IN WIDESCREEN AND TECHNICOLOR. IT STARTS WITH A SURVEY OF LOVELY GRAPE PLANTS AS WE SEE MARIO DRIVING A TRACTOR. A GORGEOUS CHERRY RED LINCOLN CONVERTIBLE PULLS UP AND ASKS MARIO FOR DIRECTIONS. WHEN THE DRIVER LOWERS HER SUNGLASSES WE SEE SHE IS HIS FUTURE LOVE INTEREST. THE PASSENGER IS VINCE EDWARDS WHO WOULD ACHIEVE FAME AS TV DOCTOR BEN CASEY. MARIO'S COUSIN TONIO JUMPS ABOARD EXCITEDLY TO SAY HE HAS ARRANGED AN AUDITION AT A PRESTIGIOUS RESTAURANT CALLED "LARDELLI'S. HE ATTENDS TO MARIO'S APPEARANCE AFTER WHICH WE MEET THE OWNER WHO IS VERY BUSY DOING HIS BOOK KEEPING TELLING TONIO "SEVENTY A FIVE DOLLARS A WEEK IF A DEE HIGH NOTES DOWN'T SOUND LIKE A TUGBOAT WHISTLE". WITHOUT LOOKING UP HE SAYS "GO AWAY, THURSDAY'S IS FOR SALESMEN". TONIO EXPLAINS THAT HE HAS BROUGHT IN MARIO AS PLANNED. THE SENSITIVE LANZA SLAPS HIS HANDS TOGETHER WHILE SAYING "LOOK, WHAT ARE YOU HIRING, A BOOK KEEPER OR A SINGER"? A SURLY STAFF MEMBER BARKS AT MARIO AFTER THE TENOR ASKS WHAT HE WILL SING. MARIO IS PISSED OFF AND READY TO LEAVE AFTER HEARING "IF YOU CANA SING IT, THEN I CANA PLAY IT".

ONE OF THE VERY BEST SONGS IN THE MOVIE, NAMELY "TORNA A SURIENTO" FOLLOWS. CLOSE UP SIDE SHOTS EMBELLISH THIS AS WWE GAWK AT THE HANDSOME AND OVERPOWERING TENOR. HIS SINGING IS HEARTFELT AND ALL EYES ARE ON HIM. AT THE FINISH LARDELLI AND TONIO SHAKE HANDS AND SMILE WITH TONIO'S GLEEFUL"NO TUGBOAT, NO TUGBOAT". LARDELLI BECOMMES FAST FRIENDS WITH DAMON (MARIO'S CHARACTER WHO IN REAL LIFE WANTED HIS SON'S NAME TO BE HEARD WHEEN THE FILM WAS RELEASED). WE ARE TREATED TO A MEDLEY AS MARIO SINGS "AMOR TI VIETA" AND "DI QUELLA PIRA" AS HIS STAGE DEBUT. LATER WE SEE LANZA AND THE ENTIRE STAFF GROUPED AROUND THE BLACK AND WHITE TV AS VINCE EDWARDS IS BOXING. LARDELI CODDLES MARIO BY ASKING "WOULD YOU HAVE THE SOPRANO SING THE DUET ALONE"?

ENTER VINCENT PRICE AND THE START OF A DOZEN OR MORE SARCASTIC QUIPS. HE OFTEN STEALS THE SHOW WITH HIS WIT. HE ALSO TRIES TO BALANCE HIS LONG STANDING FRIENDSHIP WITH KENDALL WHILE KEEPING MARIO AS HIS FRIEND TOO. HERE HE COMES FACE TO FACE WITH JEAN FENN (THE DUET GIRL). SHE LOOKS DREAMILY INTO PRICE'S EYES. PRICE TELLS HER FALSELY "I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING LIKE THIS SINCE EUROPE AND THE ROME EXPRESS". THIS JUST PRECEDES PRICE TELLING MARIO HE HAS NO INTEREST IN FENN BECAUSE "SHE SOUNDS LIKE THE BRAKES ON THE ROME EXPRESS"OR IN OTHER WORDS SCREECHING. TIME PASSES AND HIS MENTOR FONTAINE IS THERE TO COVER ALL EXPENSES AND TO CHEER MARIO ON. WE DON'T SEE HER LEAVING. HE FRUSTRATES THE MAESTRO BY DREAMILY LOOKING AT KENDALL'S PHOTO ATOP THE MAESTRO'S GRAND PIANO. THEN THE DREAMY MOOD TURNS INTO ANXIETY AS HE PUSHES THE PICTURE DOWN SO HE DOESN'T HAVE TO SEE THE FACE OF THE SIREN WHO HAS BEWITCHED HIM. THIS IS A CURIOUS SCENE SINCE WE HAVE NO BACK STORY AS TO WHY MARIO IS UPSET. IT VERY POSSIBLY COULD MEAN THOSE SCENES WERE CUT FROM THE FILM FOR TIME.

WE SEE MARIO'S STAGE DEBUT WITH HIS SINGING "AMOR TI VIETA" AND "DI QUELLA PIRA". WE MUST ASSUME HE HAD OTHER VENUES BOOKED AND SANG SOME MORE. BUT THE EVIL SIREN JOAN FONTAINE HAS THE GALL TO BRING ANOTHER BOYFRIEND TO HONOR THE TIME PASSED BY MARIO, HIS TEACHE, AND OTHERS. LATER A JEALOUS LANZA PUSHES HIS WAY INTO KENDALL'S BEDROOM WHERE A CLAY BUST OF HER SCULPTED BY HER "NEW BOYFRIEND" SITS COVERED. IN MARIO'S HEAD HIS SINGING IS HEARD AT A VERY DRAMATIC POINT IN "OTHELLO". HE LOOKS DEVASTATED AS HE RUNS AND CATCHES A PLANE TO MEXICO. HE CANNOT FIND WORK AND CONTRACTS "MONTEZUMA'S REVENGE" TO BOOT. HE IS SEEN LOOKING BLOATED AND BEREFT AS HE FALLS DOWN TO THE FLOOR OF HIS HOTEL ROOM. A YOUNG BOY SEES HIM AND RUNS AWAY SHOUTING FOR HELP "UN DOCTOR, UN DOCTOR". A DOCTOR DOESN'T COME BUT MARIO'S FUTURE LOVE INTEREST CHARACTER NAMED "JUANA" (PLAYED BY LOVELY SARITA MONTEIL) RUSHES TO HELP HIM. THE NEXT SCENE WE SEE IS MARIO IN BED AT THE MONTES RANCH. HE SLOWLY RECALLS JUANA AND SHE TELLS HIM HE IS AT THE TIRSO MONTES RANCE. MONTEIL TELLS HIM HE HAS BEEN IN BED FOR TWO WEEKS. OH, IF ONLY HE WEREN'T SICK AND COULD HAVE BEDDED MONTEIL,LOL. HER STATURE AND BEAUTY ARE TOPS.

SHE TELLS MARIO THE STORY OF HOW HER FATHER WAS KILLED IN THE BULL RING AND BLAMES IT ON HER MOTHER WHO WALKED OUT ON HIM RIGHT BEFORE THE SHOW. (REMEMBER THAT THE SAME FATE BEFELL VINCE EDWARDS AT THE HANDS OF THE FICKLE KENDALL NOT VERY LONG BEFORE. MARIO COMPLAINS TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE SHOW THEY WERE WORKING ON. (WE SEE MARIO'S GOOD FRIEND ARIO FLIES TO MEXICO AND CATCHES THE BULL KILLING AND CARNAGE OF WHAT TO ME IS A BRUTAL SPORT GOING BACK HUNDREDS OF YEARS. THEN THE KING WOULD GIVE THUMBS UP OR THUMBS DOWN IF THE BULL WOULD CONTINUE HIS ATTACKS. (FOOTNOTE: THE DIRECTOR OF THIS FILM IS ANTHONY MANN. HE WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH MONTIEL AND EXPANDED HER SCENES BOTH ALONE AND WITH MARIO BECAUSE OF THIS). MONTEIL HAS A BREAKDOWN AND JOINS A RANCH HAND WHO LOVES HER AND IS EXTREMELY ANGRY AT "THE AMERICAN". HE DRIVES MONTEIL IN HIS JEEP AND TRIES A PASS BUT SHE SLAPS HIM HARD AND JUMPS OUT OF THE JEEP. MARIO CHASES AFTER HER BUT JUANA'S UNCLE MANUEL TELLS HIM TO JUST LET HER ALONE FOR AWHILE.

MARIO OFFERS HIS SERVICES TO MONTEIL INSISTING HE WORK OFF HIS EXPENSES TO THEM FROM FIRST TO PRESENT". MARIO IS SEEN WITH MANUEL DOING HARD LABOR OF MOVING ROCKS TO ERECT A WALL. MANUEL ASKS MARIO IF HE IS STILL SICK. MARIO IS CONFUSED BY THIS OFFER AS HE SAYS SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT OF "I SEE YOU ARE CURED OF THE DISEASE AND SAYS CRUDELY "I SEE YOU WORKING HARD AND WONDER IF YOU SEE YOU WORKING BUT STILL HAS "THE SHIVERS". TIME PASSES AND IN THE EVENINGS WE SEE MARIO STANDING PLAYING A GUITAR. HE IS READY TO LEAVE FOR MEXICO CITY AND SINGS A SOFT "SERENADE" TO THE PEOPLE GATHERED TO SEE HIM OFF. JUANA OFFERED TO DRIVE HIM AND THEY LEAVE IN HER OLD CONVERTIBLE. HE DOES THIS WELL BUT WILL NOT LET HIM THINK TO HIMSELF ABOUT THE CAREER HE LEFT BEHIND. HE ASKS JUANA TO MARRY HIM AND SHE ADMITS HAVING LOVED HIM SINCE THEIR FIRST MEETING. SHE SAYS THIS IS WHAT SHE HAS PRAYED FOR BUT SAYS FLATLY THAT SHE WILL NOT MARRY HIM UNTIL HE PROVES TO HER THAT HE IS NO LONGER UNDER THE SPELL OF FONTAINE. THEY ARE IN POURING RAIN WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES AND SCARE HER INTO THE ARMS OF THE EQUALLY DRENCHED SINGER. LOOKING AT EACH OTHER THEY LAUGH AND LAUGH.

WE DON'T SEE THIS HAPPENING, BUT MARIO AND MONTEIL MARRY. PRICE, HAVING RETURNED FROOM TOURING EUROPE SEES HER AND LIES TO FONTAINE ABOUT MEETING WITH MARIO. SHE SAID "HE TOLD ME", INSINUATING THEIR LOVE AFFAIR WAS NOT OVER. SHE ALSO BALKS OVER THE HIGH PRICE OF THE TICKETS SHE HAD TO BUY. PRICE SAYS THIS ISN'T LIKE HER, TO "WORK OVER HER VICTIMS A SECOND TIME". SHE SCOFFS OVER HAVING TO PAY A RIDICULOUS FEE FOR HERSELF. SHE INVITES THE NEWLYWEDS TO ATTEND A PARTY SHE IS THROWING. MARIO REFUSES BUT HIS WIFE SAYS THEY WOULD BE HAPPY TO ATTEND. FONTAINE MAKES SURE SHE IS ALONE WITH MONTEIL, WHO IS LOOKING OVER THE MEXICAN ARTIFACTS FONTAINE BROUGHT BACK WITH HER. WITH THE PARTY FOLK LOOKING ON, FONTAINE INSISTS MONTEIL DO A MOCK BULL FIGHT. SHE DOES SKILLFULLY BUT HER ANGER GETS THE BEST OF HER AND SHE PUSHES THE SWORD TOWARD FONTAINE UNTIL THE BLADE IW WITHIN AN INCH OF HER THROAT. REALITY HITS AND SHE RUNS AWAY FRIGHTENED. MARIO HAS A GREAT LINE DELIVERED TO FONTAINE: "SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO KILL YOU, YOU'RE ALREADY DEAD"! WE HEAR MONTEIL SCREAMING AS A BUS NARROWLY MISSES KILLING HER BUT SHE IS INJURED. MARIO WANTS TO BE WITH HER BUT SHE INSISTS HE FULFILL HIS PROMISE TO SING THAT EVENING.

MARIO SAYS AT THE CONCERT "WITH YOUR KIND PERMISSION I WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE THE ORDER OF MY NUMBERS AND SING THIS FOR A PERSON I LOVE SO VERY, VERY MUCH" THE ORCHESTRA PLAYS "SERENADE" AND MARIO SINGS IT BUT GIVES FURTIVE GLANCES TOWARD THE BACKSTAGE. MID WAY TONIO WHISPERS TO HIM "SHE'S OKAY, SHE'S GOING TO BE ALRIGHT". A RELIEVED MARIO. MANN SHOOTS HIM FROM OVERHEAD AS HE SINGS "OUR SERENADE OF LOVE" WITH ALL HE HAS. A GOLDEN HIGH NOTE ENDS THE MOVIE. IT IS THRILLING AND RINGING YET THERE IS A BIT OF A WOBBLE IN THAT LAST NOTE.

THE END TITLE APPEARS AND THE MOVIE IS OVER. I PERSONALLY WOULD HAVE LOVED SEEING THIS IN THE THEATER. IN THE SIXTIES I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE "THE GREAT CARUSO" IN PHILADELPHIA. MY BELOVED MUSIC TEACHER JOHN RALSON LIVED ONLY TWO BLOCKS DOWN FROM OUR DOOR. HE HAD TRAVELLED FROM HIS MOTHER'S HOME IN HARRISBURG BUT WAS LATE AND MY PARENTS AND I SADLY DROVE AWAY. YEARS LATER I STOPPED IN TO SEE MR.RALSTON CONDUCTING THE THEN CHOIR. HE SAW ME, DROPPED EVERYTHING, AND RAN OVER TO GIVE ME A BIG HUG. IN THE YEARS BEFORE THIS I WAS PART OF AN ALL BOYS CHOIR (THE VIDEON CHOIR) SPONSORED BY A LOCAL FUNERAL DIRECTOR. I WILL NEVER FORGET ATTENDING THE FUNERAL OF THE FOUNDER. HE WAS WASTED BY CANCER AND LOOKED SO OLD AND FRAIL. WE UPHELD HIS NAME APPEARING IN CONCERTS ALL OVER THE DELAWARE VALLEY. ONE STOP SHOCKED ME TO THE CORE. IT WAS OUR TRIP TO THE "HOME FOR THE INCURABLES". MOST WERE PHYSICALLY BEYOND HELP. ONE MAN HAD A HEAD TWICE THE NORMAL SIZE. IN ANY EVENT, I STAYED IN TOUCH WITH MR. RALSON FOR YEARS, RIGHT UP UNTIL I HEARD OF HIS BEING BEDRIDDEN. A SUPPOSEDLY FRIEND, A CHOIR MEMBER, TOLD ME WHEN IT WAS TOO LATE TO SEE HIM. I WROTE A FIVE PAGE LETTER RELIEVING OUR TIME TOGETHER FROM SINGING FOR LOCAL POLITICIANS TO SWIMMING NUDE AT THE YMCA (TEIR RULE AT THE TIME WAS THAT ALL HAD TO FOREGO WEARING BATHING SUITS (!) BESIDES THE LONG LETTER I SENT HIM RECORDINGS OF OUR GREATEST SHOWS. HIS NIECE MADE SURE SHE HE GOT AND SAW ALL I SENT. HE DIED A FEW WEEKS LATER BUT I COULD NOT OR WOULD NOT ATTEND HIS FUNERAL. HE HAD AN EXCELLENT TENOR VOICE HIMSELF. I ASKED HIS FAMILY IF THEY COULD SEND ME ONE OF HIS ACETATE LP OR REEL TO REEL TAPES BUT I NEVER HEARD FROM THEM AGAIN. SO ENDS MY STORY AND SO ENDS MY COVER OF "SERENADE". I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS AS MUCH AS I ENJOYED WRITING IT. SEE YOU AT THE ANNUAL MARIO LANZA BIRTHDAY PARTY. DID YOU KNOW MY BIRTHDAY IS ONLY FOUR DAYS EARLIER THAN MARIO'S?! REST IN PEACE DEAR INSPIRATION OF MY LIFE.
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16th January, 2023 20:21
WHEN I WROTE THE POST BELOW WE HAD JUST HAD AN EXCELLENT CHINESE SIX COURSE DINNER. WELL, TONIGHT WE DID THE SAME BUT BY EATING LEFTOVERS! AND OF COURSE WHERE THERE IS FOOD THERE IS MARIO LANZA. I HAVE SOME REMARKS ABOUT SEEING THE MOVIE "FOR THE FIRST TIME" IN MANY MONTHS. THIS IS THE ONLY FILM THAT DOES NOT START WITH THE CREDITS. INSTEAD WE HAVE MARIO SINGING THE LAST FEW LINES OF "ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE" WITH A BRILLIANT HIGH NOTE. IT IS ONLY AFTER MARIO "TAMES" CHARACTER CAROL'S BOYFRIEND THAT WE ZIP INTO THE FAST MOVING TRAIN WHICH GOES INTO THE DARK TUNNEL AND COMES OUT TO THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF MULTIPLE TRAIN TRACKS. ONE FEELS LIKE HE IS RIDING ALONG. I WROTE THAT THIS FILM IS RATHER "EMPTY" WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC. WELL I WAS WAY OFF. BETWEEN THE MANY SONGS AND ONLY ONE OPERATIC ARIA ("QUESTA O QUELLA") THE LANZA VOICE IS USED WELL. THE MUSICAL NUMBERS ARE EVENLY SPREAD OUT FROM THE FIRST NUMBER ("TONIGHT IS A PARTY") AND FROM THERE A GOOD NUMBER OF SONGS FOLLOW. NOTEWORTHY IS THE FACT THAT ITALY'S MOVIE STAR/COMPOSER RENATO RASCEL HAS COMPOSED TUNEFUL PIECES THAT BOTH HE AND MARIO ESSAY. "COME DANCE WITH ME" IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE. AND WHEN THE TUNES ARE INCOMPLETE YOU CAN BET RENATO IS PLAYING HIS GUITAR OR THE PIANO. WHEN MARIO TRIES TO GET A JOB AT ONE OF THE LARGEST CLUBS NAMED THE "ULPIA" HE IS TOLD THAT ITALY DOES NOT IMPORT SINGERS BUT RATHER EXPORTS THEM. MARIO IS LET DOWN AND TURNS AWAY WHILE WE HEAR WHAT IS A POOR TENOR VOICE DOING "BE MY LOVE". MARIO DOES A DOUBLE TAKE. NOT WELL KNOWN IS THE FACT THAT LANZA IS DOING THE SINGING, PURPOSELY BAD. THE IMITATION SEQUENCE IS THE ONLY TIME LANZA USES HIS TALENT FOR MIMICRY. IT GOES OVER WELL AND INCLUDES PERRY COMO, FRANKIE LAINE, DEAN MARTIN, AND LOUIS ARMSTRONG. THERE IS A LOVE TRIANGLE GOING ON BETWEEN MARIO, MARISA ALLASIO, AND RASCEL THAT DEVELOPS SLOWLY BUT SURELY. IN THE END MARIO GETS THE GIRL OF COURSE. ALASSIO WAS KNOWN AS THE BRIDGET BARDOT OF ITALY. SHE IS A FINE ACTRESS AND ADDS THE EIGHTH AND NINTH HILLS OF ROME! SHE IS SURE STACKED. OF THE STANDARD DVD I FEEL IT IS VERY SIMILAR IN QUALITY TO THE DVD OF "FOR THE FIRST TIME". IN THIS CASE MARIO IS ONLY 36 YEARS OLD AND UNLIKE FTFT HE LOOKS HEALTHY THROUGHOUT WITH CONSISTENT WEIGHT AND LOOKS. THERE IS SIMILAR LIGHT GRAIN HERE JUST AS IN FTFT. A BEAUTIFUL SEQUENCE IS THE HELICOPTER "TOUR" OF ROME FROM FAR ABOVE. I NOTICED SOMETHING SUBTLE BUT CHARACTERISTIC. THIS IS THE ONLY FILM IN WHICH THE LANZA VOICE HAS A TRULY UNIQUE TIMBRE. THE SINGING IS GREAT ALL THE WAY BUT LISTEN CAREFULLY AND YOU'LL HEAR WHAT I MEAN BY UNIQUE TIMBRE. THE SOUNDTRACK QUALITY IS EXCELLENT AND WARM YET HAS AN "EDGE" THAT IS ALWAYS PRESENT. ONE OF THE LOVELIEST USES OF HIS VOICE IS THE "AYE YAH YAH YAE YAYE" (I DON'T KNOW THE ACTUAL TITLE OF THE SONG. I STILL FEEL IT IS A VERY SIMPLE FILM THAT IS ALWAYS FUN AND DEFINITELY WHAT TODAY IS CALLED A "FEEL GOOD" MOVIE. I FEEL GOOD AFTER WATCHING IT AND I HOPE YOU FEEL GOOD AFTER READING THIS!
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16th January, 2023 09:52
MARIO LANZA BIRTHDAY REMEMBRANCE PARTY
Saturday January 28, 2023 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mario Lanza Museum
1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

Featuring birthday cake and assorted goodies and a special presentation.

Admission price: $25 per person

Checks should be made out to Mario Lanza Institute and mailed to:

Mario Lanza Institute

1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

For information or to make a credit card payment call 215-238-9691.

Seating is limited and on a first come first paid basis.
No refunds or credits. No exceptions.

Street parking.

Please RSVP by January 21, 2023 and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
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15th January, 2023 22:20
AFTER A NICE SIX COURSE GOURMET QUALITY CHINESE DINNER, I TREATED MYSELF TO A SCREENING IN OUR HOME THEATER OF "FOR THE FIRST TIME". HAVING WATCHED THE GREAT BLU RAY OF THE GREAT CARUSO"JUST LAST NIGHT I HAD A GOOD CHANCE TO A-B THE TWO FILMS. AMAZINGLY, FTFT IS SECOND TO THE BLU RAY EVEN THOUGH IT IS ONLY JUST A REGULAR DVD. THE COLORS, DEPTH, AND LUSH BACKGROUNDS ARE FIRST RATE. DIRECTOR RUDOLPH MATE WAS KNOWN FOR HIS GLORIOUS PHOTOGRAPHY.THINK THE SCENE WITH MARIO AND HIS WIFE TO BE WHEN NEAR THE RIVER. THE FLOWERS ARE GORGEOUS, THE WATER BLUER THAN BLUE, AND THE CAMERA PANS AND CAPTURES IT ALL. THERE IS JUST A TINY BIT OF GRAIN IN THE BACKGROUND, I CAN NOW SAY THAT THIS DVD IS GREATER THAN MOST OF HIS OTHER MOVIES. AND THE SINGING, AH THE SINGING IS ALSO FIRST RATE. EVERY SONG, EVERY ARIA, AND EVERY SONG EXCERPT ARE PERFORMED TO PERFECTION. (YES, EVEN "PINEAPPLE PICKERS", THE MOST JOKED ABOUT OF ANY OF MARIO'S SCREEN SONGS.PIECES LIKE "O SOLE MIO" AND "VESTSI LA GIUBBA" ARE BETTER VERSIONS THAN MARIO SANG EARLIER IN HIS CAREER. THE ONE DISCONCERTING THING IS THE LANZA APPEARANCE. IN MOST SCENES--LIKE THE ONE AT THE BAR WHERE MARIO AND ZSA ZSA GABOR PUT ON THEIR RESPECTIVE SUNGLASSES AND GO UP THE STAIRS AND LIKELY MAKE LOVE, HE LOOKS HIS YOUTHFUL SELF. KEEP IN MIND MARIO IS ONLY 37 YEARS OLD WHEN THIS WAS FILMED. HIS VOICE IS AS YOUTHFUL SOUNDING AS, SAY, "THE CAVALCADE OF SHOW TUNES". ONLY MONTHS LATER DID HE RECORD THE DESERT SONG WITH HIS VOICE MUCH DARKER. THE YOUTHFUL APPEARANCE MAKES SEVERAL OF THE OTHER SCENES LOOK AS THOUGH HE WAS SICK OR AT LEAST 5 OR 10 YEARS OLDER. THE WORST OF THESE IS THE ONE WHERE MARIO GOES TO TALK TO CHRISTA'S UNCLE. HE LOOKS BLOATED AND WEAK. AS A FILM, IT MOVES WELL AND MUSIC IS NICELY INTERSPERSED. THE ONLY "BOMB" IS THE OPENING SCENE WHERE MARIO SINGS "LA DONNA E MOBILE" AND THE PARTIAL "RIGOLETTO QUARTET". HE STRAINS AWFULLY ON THE HIGH NOTES OF THE FIRST AND SOME OF THE LATER.IN SHORT, I TRULY FEEL THERE IS NO NEED FOR A BLU RAY OF FTFT. WOULD I MIND IF THERE WAS? OF COURSE. I WOULD WELCOME A COMPLETE SET OF HIS MGM FILMS IN BLU RAY. IN THE MEANTIME HOWEVER, LET US ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE!

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15th January, 2023 09:29
Hi everyone: Finally able to post. I have some sad news to report. Our good friend Jim Thompson passed away on January 12th. Below is a link to his obituary. Condolences to Dima and the family. May he always walk with God. Best, Bill

https://www.adzimafuneralhome.com/obituary/james-thompson
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SSAMUELIAN
14th January, 2023 23:52
SATURDAY'S PIZZA AND A MOVIE NIGHT. ANNA AND I BOTH VERY MUCH ENJOYED THE 1993 TOM CRUISE THRILLER CALLED "THE FIRM". WITH AN ALL STAR CAST, IT DELIVERED THE SUSPENSE AND ACTION VERY WELL. SHE AND OUR LITTLE BUDDY WENT TO BED AFTER THAT 2 1/2 FILM. I SAT AND LOVED HEARING/SEEING EXCERPTS AS I FAST FORWARDED TO EVERY SONG IN THE STUNNING BLU RAY "THE GREAT CARUSO". THE COLOR AND QUALITY ARE FIRST RATE AND SO IS THE SOUND. RICH, FULL, AND LOADED WITH MARIO'S FAMOUS AND THRILLING HIGH NOTES.
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SSAMUELIAN
14th January, 2023 14:18
YES MIKE, IT IS AMAZING HOW BAD NEARLY THE ENTIRE ALBUM IS. ONE EXCEPTION IS "AND THIS IS MY BELOVED". TOO BAD NO ONE LOOKED AT OR CRITCIZED THE ALBUM AND IT WAS RELEASED. MARIO HIMSELF I BET WOULD HAVE HEARD IT AND HAD TO HEAR THE POOR SINGING. THE IRONY IS THAT THE PUBLIC LOVED IT AND IT WAS A VERY GOOD SELLER. PERHAPS THIS WAS BECAUSE THE EXCELLENT TRACK LISTING. COMPARE THIS TO ROYAL ALBERT HALL THAT FEATURES VERY GOOD SINGING AND LIVE TO BOOT. I HAVE LONG THOUGHT HE WAS DRUNK FOR MOST OF THE RECORDING SESSIONS. ONE IS ESPECIALLY BAD. IF MEMORY SERVES THAT WOULD BE "THIS NEARLY WAS MINE". YOU OFTEN HEAR "EVEN BAD MARIO SINGING", IT STILL SOUNDS BETTER THAN MOST OTHER TENORS. NOT IN THIS CASE. TRUE COLLECTORS SURELY DON'T EVEN WANT TO PLAY IT. I DON'T EVEN WANT TO LOOK AT THE LP WITH THAT LADY IN MID AIR, A FAR CRY FROM MARIO'S LIKENESS!
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Mike M..
12th January, 2023 11:10
I have (had) a double LP album of the Caruso favorites one of Mario and the other of Caruso himself. The criticism at the time was no song was by both of them so you could not compare them..Does anyone remember it. I agree with Derek. It was not very good. Can anyone explain why Cavalcade was so good and Lanza on Broadway was so bad only a few months apart."This nearly was mine" was terrible and many others were not too good also. I love the 15 disc Coke set best of all which I bought directly from his son.
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Mike M..
12th January, 2023 10:54
Hi everyone.There is a big omission for those who have not posted in a long while. If you cannot remember your old password, there is no way to retrieve it and it is locked into your E-mail address. I had to submit the wife's email to get accepted with a new password.Please address this problem.
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SSAMUELIAN
10th January, 2023 15:01
I FORGOT TO MENTION THAT MARIO'S 'VAGABOND KING' AND THE 1959 "STUDENT PRINCE" ARE ALSO ON REEL TO REEL BUT SADLY AT THE SLOW SPEED OF 3 3/4 INCHES PER SECOND AND THESE ARE ABOUT THE SAME OR MOSTLY INFERIOR TO THE LPS OF THE SAME TITLE.
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SSAMUELIAN
10th January, 2023 14:56
THERE ARE PROBABLY VERY FEW OF YOU WHO USE PRE-RECORDED REEL TO REEL TAPES. I HAVE LEARNED THAT TAPES OF THE FAST SPEED (7 1/2 INCHES PER SECOND) ARE SUPERIOR TO ANY LP OR ANY OTHER MUSICAL MEDIUM. I USED MARIO'S "DESERT SONG" FOR MY TEST. BOTH THE TAPE AND THE LP SOUNDED VERY GOOD BUT THE TAPE WAS ABOUT 20 PERCENT BETTER WITH MORE CLARITY AND RANGE. TOO BAD THIS TITLE AND THE LATE LANZA XMAS TITLE WERE RELEASED THIS WAY. SADLY, IF ANY OTHER TITLES WERE RELEASED I AM NOT AWARE OF THEM.
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SSAMUELIAN
10th January, 2023 08:36
MY SENIOR YEAR AT UPPER DARBY HIGH SCHOOL WAS DELIGHTFUL MOSTLY THANKS TO MY FABULOUS MUSIC TEACHER MR. CLYDE DENGLER, JR. WHAT HE COULD DO TO SHAPE HUNDREDS OF YOUNG SINGERS TO MAKE AN AWARD WINNING CHORUS AND CHOIR WAS LEGENDARY. HE FOLLOWED IN HIS FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS BY BECOMING A TEACHER. DOCTOR CLYDE DENGLER ALSO WAS RENOWN FOR HIS ABILITIES. HE LIVED ONLY ONE BLOCK FROM MY HOUSE WHEN HE RETIRED. THE YOUNG DENGLER HAD MORE AMBITION IM HIM AS HE LEFT MUSIC 1966 TO TAKE ON THE JOB OF PRINCIPAL FOR THE TOWNSHIP. IRONICALLY, HIS LAST YEAR WITH MUSIC WAS THE YEAR I GRADUATED. FROM THAT TIME ONWARD "MR. D" ALWAYS FELT A SPECIAL BOND TO ME AND MY FELLOW SINGERS. HE ATTENDED EVERY REUNION WE ORGANIZED UNTIL HIS DEATH. I DID HIM PROUD AS I WROTE SPECIAL LYRICS TO "MY WAY" FOR SONGS I SANG AT EVERY REUNION.

THE SAME YEAR (1966) I FOUND MYSELF IN TROUBLE. I WAS AN "A" STUDENT BUT THE SUBJECT OF PHYSICS KNOCKED THE WIND OUT OF MY SAILS. I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN AN "E" (THE LETTER THAT STOOD FOR FLUNKING) HAD I NOT DROPPED THE CLASS. I DID JUST THAT AND FOUND MYSELF WITH NOTHING TO DO FOR THE HOUR PHYSICS CLASS HAD BEEN SCHEDULED. MR. DENGLER MORE OR LESS "SAVED" ME BY INVITING ME TO SPEND THAT SAME HOUR WITH HIM AS IT WAS A FREE HOUR FOR HIM AS WELL. WE HAD A BALL. WE'D GO OUT FOR LUNCH IN HIS FOREIGN CAR THAT ALWAYS NEEDED WORK. IT ALSO WAS A GAS GUZZLER. I WAS LAUGHING LIKE A LOON WHEN HE TOLD ME THE GERMAN WORD FOR START WAS "FAHRT. SO TO GET THE CAR TURNED ON ONE HAD TO FAHRT FIRST! (SAY THAT THREE TIMES FAST, LOL). WHAT WE DID THE MOST, THOUGH, WAS TO BRING RECORDS FROM HOME WHICH WE BOTH LOVED. BEING ONLY ONE YEAR AFTER I WAS TURNED ON TO MARIO LANZA, I OF COURSE BROUGHT IN HIS RECORDS. THE HIGH SCHOOL HAD JUST PURCHASED A FANCY RCA TWO PIECE STEREO UNIT AND THE SOUND WAS GREAT.

THE ONE DAY THAT RANKS HIGHEST IN MY MEMORY WAS THE DAY I PLAYED FOR HIM MARIO'S LEGENDARY ALBUM "CALVALCADE OF SHOW TUNES". I PLAYED THE BRAND NEW LP FROM START TO FINISH AND GOT GOOSEBUMPS. I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT MR. D. SAID AFTER "TRAMP, TRAMP, TRAMP" ENDED. "SAM, I AM EMOTIONALLY WRUNG OUT"!!! I ANSWERED THAT I WAS NOT SURPRISED AS IT WAS THRILLING.

WELL, BRINGING MYSELF BACK TO THE PRESENT, LAST NIGHT I COULDN'T SLEEP FOR SOME REASON. SO, I MADE MYSELF A TURKEY AND CHEESE SANDWICH THAT I WASHED DOWN WITH A COKE. ALL WHILE HEARING "CAVALCADE". THIS IS AMONG MARIO'S FINEST RCA ALBUMS. HE RECORDED IT APPROXIMATELY IN 1956 WHEN HIS VOCAL POWERS WERE PEAKING HIGH. THE ALBUM IS PRACTICALLY FLAWLESS. HIS VOICE IS RICH YET YOUTHFUL, HIS PERFORMANCE IS EXCITING, WHILE ALSO CONTROLLED, AND THE CHOICE OF SONGS IS FIRST RATE. SOME OF THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DISC ARE UNUSUAL BUT FITTING. FOR EXAMPLE, THE FIRST SONG "LOVER COME BACK" IS AHEAD OF ITS TIME. JUST LISTEN TO THE WILD HORN SOLOS AS THRE RECORD SPINS.

DON'T WORRRY, I AM NOT GOING TO START ANOTHER OF MY NOW "FAMOUS" REVIEWS OF MARIO'S RECORDINGS EVEN THOUGH THIS ONE IW LEGENDARY. I ONLY WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU THE THRILL I GET LISTENING TO IT. AND THAT MEANS FROM THE DAY I PURCHASED THE LP UNTIL LAST NIGHT. GOD BLESS YOU MARIO LANZA!
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SSAMUELIAN
9th January, 2023 10:54
IN ANSWER TO MY POST BELOW, I HAVE LISTENED TO THE"CARUSO FAVORITES" ALBUM FROM START TO FINISH. IT IS VERY GOOD. THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE WITH IT IS THE ENDING OF 'VIENI SUL MAR" WHERE HE STRAINS. WOULD I PREFER ALL THE 1959 RELEASES HAD THE BETTER SOUNDING VOICE AS HEARD IN "FOR THE FIRST TIME"? SURELY. BUT WHAT WE HAVE IS FINE AND COULD AND SHOULD BE ENJOYED. I KNOW OUR DEAR FRIEND DEREK MANNERING DOES NOT LIKE ANY OF THE LATE RECORDINGS. I'M SURE IT IS BECAUSE OF THE SOUND HIS VOICE, MUCH DARKER AND SOMETIMES MORE TIRED SOUNDING. SOME ALSO SUFFER FROM POOR SOUND ENGINEERING. AS A RULE OF THUMB, ANY OF THE RECORDINGS SOUND MUCH BETTER ON THE SEPIA CDS.

THAT BEING SAID, I LISTENED TO "L'ALBA SEPARA DELLA LUCHE LOMBRA" CAREFULLY ON THE LP AND IT DOES NOT HAVE A VERY GOOD SOUND AND A VERY GOOD PERFORMANCE. HOWEVER, YOU WILL BE SURPRISED BY LISTENING TO THE VERY SAME RECORDING ON THE SEPIA CD ENTITLED "THE IMMORTAL MARIO LANNZA". IT IS TRACK NUMBER 15. THE SINGING ISN'T AS GOOD AS CARUSO'S BUT NOW I FEEL IT IS DEFINITELY COMPARABLE.OVERALL, THIS IS A VERY EXCITING COMPOSITION.

I HOPE YOU FIND MY CONCLUSIONS VALID!
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SSAMUELIAN
8th January, 2023 17:42
I DID A FUN TEST TONIGHT COMPARING "POUR UN BASIER" ON THE "CARUSO FAVORITES" LP AS OPPOSED TO THE SAME RECORDING ON THE SEPIA CD CALLED "THE UNDISCOVERED MARIO LANZA" (WHICH BY THE WAY IS MY FAVORITE CD AMONG THE THREE CDS WITH THE HANDSOME JET BLACK COVERS--BOTH FOR QUALITY AND FOR RARE VERSIONS OF SONGS/ARIAS THAT MARIO SANG).

IT WAS SUCH A CLOSE CALL THAT I AM GOING TO HAVE TO COMPARE THEM SEVERAL MORE TIMES. ONE THING IS FOR SURE. I NEED TO HEAR THE ENTIRE "CARUSO FAVORITES" ALBUM FROM START TO FINISH. I KNOW THERE ARE SOME TRACKS THAT AREN'T AS GOOD QUALITY WISE OR PERFORMANCE WISE. AN EXAMPLE IS THE "L'ALB SEPARA". I WOULD RATE CARUSO'S 78 OF IT AS SUPERIOR TO MARIO'S. BUT I WON'T GET AHEAD OF MYSELF UNTIL I HEAR THE ENTIRE ALBUM. STAY TUNED!
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SSAMUELIAN
8th January, 2023 11:08
STEPHEN. I LISTENED TO NOAH STEWART SING "NESSUN DORMA". I LIKE HIS VOICE AND LOVED HOW LONG HE HELD THE FINAL HIGH NOTE. HE IS A LYRIC TENOR. I PREFER A SPINTO LIKE MARIO.
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SSAMUELIAN
8th January, 2023 07:03
HI FOLKS,

I HAVE JUST ENTERED THE REAL WORLD AGAIN AFTER A TERRIBLE THREE MONTH LONG DEPRESSION. I ALSO HAD SOME HEALTH ISSUES.

TELL YOU THE TRUTH I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO SEE ONLY TEN POSTS AFTER THE ONE I LAST WROTE THREE MONTHS AGO.

HAVE WE RUN OUT OF THINGS TO SAY ABOUT MARIO? I DON'T THINK SO. HAVE WE BECOME LETHARGIC? POSSIBLY.

GARY: SACD DISCS ARE HIGHLY OVERRATED. I HAD ONE A FEW YEARS AGO AND THEN SOLD IT. THEY ARE ACTUALLY DINOSAURS! TAKE ANY SEPIA LANZA CD AND HOOK IT UP TO THE BEST SOUND SYSTEM YOU CAN AFFORD AND IT'S HEAVEN.

BILL RONAYNE: WONDERFUL PHOTO OF ELLISA LANZA BREGMAN AND MR. BREGMAN. SHE IS STILL LOVELY AND HAS NOT AGED HARDLY AT ALL.

ME: I HAD TO HAVE A STENT PUT INTO AN ARTERY THAT WAS 75 PERCENT CLOGGED. THE PROCEDURE WAS ON AN OUTPATIENT BASIS AND TOOK ONLY ONE HALF HOUR TO DO. I WAS ACTUALLY AWAKE AND SAW THE "MAP" OF MY HEART AND ARTERIES DUE TO A DYE THEY INJECT. I NEVER REALIZED STENTS WERE SO TINY (LESS THAN AN INCH). I SHOULD BE GOOD FOR TEN TO TWENTY YEARS DEPENDING ON EXERSIZE, DIET, ETC.

I AM VERY BUSY AFTER ONLY ONE DAY OF FEELING WELL. FOR EXAMPLE I PULLED FROM OUR STOCK SOME FINE TUBE RADIOS, A GREAT LAFAYETTE RECEIVER, A MINI GRAND PIANO THAT IS ALSO A RADIO, MOTION LAMPS BY ECONOLITE LIKE THE "SNOW SCENE", AND SO MUCH MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE SOLD.

I WROTE A LONG LETTER DESCRIBING MY HOSPITAL STAY AND ALL THE TESTS LEADING UP TO IT. IT IS VERY INTERESTING BUT TOO LONG TO POST HERE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ IT, JUST POST AND TELL ME.

I SORELY MISSED OUR HOME THEATER. WHEN DEPRESSED I WON'T EVEN WALK DOWN THERE BY MYSELF, WHICH SHOWS YOU HOW CRAZY BIPOLAR DISORDER IS.

I VERY MUCH WOULD LIKE TO SING AT ONE KARAOKE RESTAURANT EACH WEEK. AND I WILL ENJOY DRIVING OUR VAN AGAIN TO SHOP FOR FOOD AND JUST PLAIN SIGHT SEEING. OUR ROSE TREE PARK HAS A GORGEOUS AND LARGE CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAY.

LAST, MY WIFE ANNA SAID SHE WOULD LIKE ME TO COURT HER. I SAID "TAKE YOU TO COURT?" NO, SHE MEANT WOOING HER. WELL THAT IS RIGHT UP MY ALLEY. FROM THE SIMPLEST THING (LIKE NOT PLAYING LPS LOUD) TO BIGGER ISSUES AS HOW TO SAVE ON LIVING EXPENSES, AND THEN THE REAL MEANING OF WOOING---TREAT HER LIKE A LADY AND GIVE HER YOUR ALL. AS THE OLD ROCK SONG GOES: "COME ALONG AND BE MY PARTY DOLL"
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Bassist777
26th December, 2022 13:08
I am listening to Mario on my stereo as I write this. How I wish he were still here with us. His voice was angelic!
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David Weaver
3rd December, 2022 12:57
On behalf of Jeff: as you may have seen, after trying an open forum for a number of months, it was completely taken over by spam and porn. All those posts have now been removed. And, to prevent them from happening again, we are going back to a system where you have to log-in.
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Jeff Rense
8th November, 2022 16:43
Dear Friends…I sincerely apologize for the abuse were are being subjected to on the Forum.
We know who is behind it. The same people who did this same sort of thing in years past.
Just ask yourself: cui bono? and you can figure it out. All good wishes!
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Bill Ronayne
26th October, 2022 09:18
 
This photo is of the scholarship winners with the accompanist and Ellisa. L-R: accompanist and music director Luke Housner, 2nd place winner bass-baritone Dylan Gregg, 4th place winner soprano Lydia Grindatto, Ellisa Lanza Bregman, 3rd place winner soprano Kristin Gillis and 1st place winner tenor Sahel Salam. Best, Bill
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Bill Ronayne
26th October, 2022 09:13
 
Sorry for the typos in the previous message. This photo is from the dinner & movie event at the Museum. Best, Bill
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Bill Ronayne
26th October, 2022 09:11
 
The Mario Lanza Institute would like to thank all those that attend the Ball Weekend and made donations. It was a great series of events and wonderful to gather together in tribute to Mario Lanza. there are a number of photos on our Facebook page and our website will have them as well very soon. I will post a few here so you can see. The first is of Ellisa Lanza Bregman and Robert Bregman at the Lanza Museum. Best, Bill
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Gary from Halifax
20th October, 2022 22:19
Hi folks.. I want to record music from a number of Youtube sites onto a memory stick, and I can't figure out how to do this. Help would be appreciated.

Cheers...Gary
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Stephen of Las Vegas
13th October, 2022 23:58
How much better would we hear Mario's voice if Sony and especially Sepia put out SACD discs instead of ordinary CDs? Of course, we would all have to purchase the necessary SACD players, and I suppose Sony and Sepia would have to re-digitize the best tapes, acetates, and whatever other highest quality source material that exists.
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Gary from Halifax
11th October, 2022 21:34
I am now in my late seventies and today was thinking back to a time when I was 8 or ten years of age.
My Dad played wonderful music on our old cabinet record player. I was hearing Mario, Straus waltzes, Miliza Korjus and a host of other singers. I recalled hearing the song I have posted tonight, and I loved the voices of N. Eddy and J Macdonald. A very beautiful love song duet. I hope you enjoy the following.

Cheers..Gary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRl6_4uWsjc
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Stephen of Las Vegas
10th October, 2022 14:10
I probably ran into Noah Stewart back in 2013 on the Internet. If it wasn't on the old forum, I must have found him by myself. If so, I probably mentioned him there. I somehow haven't thought of him for several years. He is a tall, handsome, black operatic tenor and surprisingly has only one CD "Noah" available on Amazon. Many of songs are on Youtube. He joined the Met in 2008. I'm really surprised he is not better known.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Stewart

Next month he is playing Otello, according to his schedule at his home page, with the Pacific Northwest Opera, Mount Vernon, Washinton.

https://www.noahstewart.com/

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=noah+stewart
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Bill Ronayne
2nd October, 2022 16:12
The October issue of "The Legacy of Mario Lanza" newsletter has just been published and will be mailed out this coming week. It features coverage of events at the Lanza Musuem as well as in NY and also has a look at the tenor's various recordings of Schubert's "Ave Maria" plus so much more. For subscriptions email wjronayne@optonline.net. Not able to post a photo of the cover unfortunately. Best, Bill
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Gary from Halifax
29th September, 2022 13:23
Hi Sam... I am glad you took the time to view and listen to Johnathan..He is terrific and now at age 28 he keeps improving.
Cheers Gary
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SSAMUELIAN
28th September, 2022 13:01
GARY, I JUST HAD THE CHANCE TO HEAR JONATHAN ANTOINE. HE IS EXCELLENT. HE HAS A RICH VOICE SHOWING DEPTH THAT ALSO HAS A SWEETNESS WHEN HE SINGS IN THAT MODE. HIS HIGH NOTES HAVE SQUILLO, WHICH I ALWAYS LOOK OUT FOR. HE ALSO MAKES "UNCHAINED MELODY" HIS OWN WITH HIS FLOURISHES. HE IS A BIG HEFTY GUY WITH LONG BLACK HAIR. THE CROWD WENT WILD AFTER HEARING HIM. THANKS FOR THE LINK ALLOWING ME TO FIND HIM ON YOUTUBE. HE IS REPRESENTED BY ONLY THREE SONGS UNFORTUNATELY. THEY ARE ABOUT THREE YEARS OLD. HE WAS DISCOVERED ON "BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT" AND I UNDERSTAND HE LOOKS DIFFERENT TODAY HAVING LOST A GOOD DEAL OF WEIGHT.
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ssamuelian
27th September, 2022 21:18
Mike,

I haven’t been on Rense for a couple weeks. Sure I am serious about Sinatra music, but I am also a fan. He is my second favorite singer. You know who the first is!

The three day Lanza Ball is nearing from October 20th to 22nd. I sure hope I can make it there. I missed last year “thanks” to being in a bad depression. A big draw will be having Ellisa around.

Is everyone up to date having all of the latest Sepia Records of Mario? You cannot beat the sound and excellent program choices that Derek McGovern comes up with.
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Gary from Halifax
26th September, 2022 17:55
Hi folks.. I hope you can take the time to watch the attached Youtube video, and listen to the reaction comments. I recall watching Johnathan about ten years ago and he has since improved as the years have gone by. Enjoy..

Gary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GRUHa0r4Yc
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Mike from L.I.
19th September, 2022 14:46
sam!

Gordon MacRae pretty good. Earl Wrightson (husband of Lois Hunt) did a very stirring rendition. Are you serious about Sinatra or are you just a fan??
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SSAMUELIAN
18th September, 2022 18:31
STILL SOMEWHAT IN THE FRANK SINATRA CELEBRATION MODE, I SEARCHED OUT TEN VARIATIONS OF "OLD MAN RIVER" FOR OUR LISTENING PLEASURE. JEROME HINES HAS TO BE ONE OF THE BEST WITH HIS OUTSTANDING BARITONE VOICE. WE HAVE FRANK SINATRA IN TWO VARIATIONS FROM THE FORTIES. JUDY GARLAND GIVES IT A TRY AND DOES WELL. ALL THE WAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST YOU WILL FIND THE BEACH BOYS. THEY MAY NOT BE PROMINENT AMONG THOSE STRICTLY FOLLOWING THE MELODY, BUT THEIR TIGHT KNIT HARMONIES BRING A SPECIAL BEAUTY TO THE OLD WARHORSE! SEE BELOW:
1-FRANK SINATRA IN THE SIXTIES

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZse_nH1hSo

2-FRANK SINATRA IN THE FORTIES (THE BEST PART IS HIS BREATH CONTROL ON THE PHRASE "LAND IN JAIL.......AH GET'S WEARY" ALL IN ONE BREATH!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTnw_MmVptQ2-SAMUEL RAMEY 1984


3-JEROME HINES 1984

VERY RICH AND EXCITING:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSZIeHz0teg

4-SAMUEL RAMEY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMJ-ng72RLM

ANOTHER FAIRLY RICH VOICE.

5-PAUL ROBESON:

TOO FAST FOR MY TASTE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh9WayN7R-s

6-SAMMY DAVIS JR.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D7RvKw3wDY

LIKE SINATRA HE DOESN'T HAVE THE OPERATIC QUALITY THAT ADDS TO THE SONG.

7-RAY CHARLES

THE MOST DIFFERENT VERSION AS CHARLES AND HIS CHARLES SINGERS GIVE IT THE JAZZ TREATMENT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbsFnCPTqjw

8-JUDY GARLAND

FROM HER TV SHOW. SHE WAS GETTING A BROADER VIBRATO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GUP7bsDPXg HER FEELING IS GOOD.

9-WILLIAM WARFIELD

NOT AS RICH AS SOME BUT SUITED TO THE MOVIE WHICH HAD NONE OF THE "OPERATIC" TYPE SONGS. HOWEVER HE IS EASY TO LISTEN TO AND HIS STYLE IS EASY AS WELL.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSzYRo9j7YM

10-BEACH BOYS

THE FARTHEST AWAY FROM WHAT JEROME KERN IMAGINED! BUT LISTEN TO THE BEAUTIFUL HARMONIES.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuHL85lj954

AND THERE ARE MORE, BUT THIS WILL DO FOR US!!
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SSAMUELIAN
17th September, 2022 23:29
MY REVIEW OF THE "SINATRA CELEBRATION" HOSTED AND DEVISED BY OUR OWN BILL RONAYNE AT THE MARIO LANZA MUSEUM. THE LUCKY AUDIENCE MEMBERS WHO EXPERIENCED THE CELEBRATION TODAY ALL LEFT FEELING GOOD AS WE HONORED FRANK SINATRA, IN MY OPINION MY SECOND ALL TIME FAVORITE SINGER. YOU OF COURSE KNOW WHO THE FIRST IS! AT THE OUTSET, BILL SPOKE FROM NOTES HE HAD MADE ABOUT FRANK'S CAREER. HE LEFT SOME QUESTIONS UNANSWERED SO THE AUDIENCE COULD FILL IN THE INFO. FOR EXAMPLE, HOW MANY WIVES DID FRANK HAVE AND HOW MANY CHILDREN? THE CORRECT ANSWERS ARE FOUR, AND THEN THREE. BILL STARTED THE EXCELLENT VIDEO PROGRAM HE PREPARED MOSTLY USING CLIPS FROM YOUTUBE. IT WAS INTERESTING THAT THE FIRST TWO SONGS WE SAW FRANK PERFORM WERE THE SAME ONES MARIO SANG! HE TOOK US FROM THE FORTIES COLUMBIA PERIOD, WHEN FRANK'S STYLE WAS A KIND OF "BEL CANTO" WITH HIS RICH BARITONE SINGING WITH BEAUTIFUL CHARACTERISTICS. FRANK RE-INVENTED HIMSELF SEVERAL TIMES THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. THE "SECOND FRANK" WAS THE FIFTIES CAPITOL PERIOD WHEN HE STARTED DOING WHAT MOST CALL "SWING". THIS IS MY PERSONAL FAVORITE PERIOD AS HE PUT HIS FRESH STAMP ON OLD SONGS LIKE "COME FLY WITH ME" AND "I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN". THAT LED TO THE LATE FIFTIES AND EARLY SIXTIES WHEN HE KEPT UP THE SWING AND RECORDED HIS SONGS UNDER THE BANNER OF HIS OWN RECORD COMPANY HE NAMED "REPRISE". THIS WAS HIS MOST PROLIFIC PERIOD AS HE RELEASED SEVENTY (!) SEPARATE LP RECORDS AND STARTED THE TREND TOWARD "CONCEPT ALBUMS" WHERE THE SONGS ALL RELATED TO ONE THEME. A TITLE LIKE "FRANK SINATRA SINGS FOR ONLY THE LONELY" IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THIS WITH SONGS LIKE "GUESS I'LL HANG MY TEARS OUT TO DRY" AND "WILLOW WEEP FOR ME". I HAD DONE SOME RESEARCH BEFORE THIS DAY AND LEARNED THAT HE RECORDED 43 LPS FOR CAPITOL RECORDS, 33 LPS FOR COLUMBIA RECORDS, AND JUST 5 LPS FOR RCA. I PREPARED SOME DISPLAY ITEMS FOR ALL TO SEE INCLUDING: 1-A FORTIES SINATRA SIGNATURE (VERY IMPRESSIVE LOOKING) FRAMED WITH A FORTIES PIECE OF SHEET MUSIC ABOVE IT. 2-A MONTAGE IN COLOR OF SINATRA WITH HIS CHANGING LOOK AS HE WENT FROM YOUTH TO AGED.(NOTE: THESE ARE DRAWN BY ED SEEMAN WHO SELLS THEM FOR 19.99 ON EBAY) 3-A SMALL GRAPHIC OF THE ELDER SINATRA FROM A PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER POSTER ABOUT THE COVERAGE THEY WOULD BE BROADCASTING FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK AFTER HE PASSED AWAY AT AGE 82 FROM A HEART ATTACK. 4-EXAMPLES OF ALL FOUR OF HIS RECORD COMPANY'S LPS. AND 5-A VERY UNUSUAL BUT EXCITING CD OF FRANK SINGING IN AUSTRALIA WITH RED NORVO AND HIS QUINTET. THIS IS FAR REMOVED FROM THE 25 PIECE BANDS SINATRA USUALLY EMPLOYED. IT IS REWARDING, HOWEVER, SINCE HE TAKES SONGS HE HAS SUNG FOR YEARS AND ADDS NEW "BENDS AND TWISTS" TO THEM. AFTER THE 50-50 RAFFLE, ALL ENJOYED THE MANY TASTY DESSERTS AND DRINKS THAT WERE PROVIDED. INCIDENTALLY, THESE SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS (JUDY GARLAND WAS AN EARLIER ONE) COST ONLY TWENTY DOLLARS, A BARGAIN. THE MUSEUM WAS FILLED TO MAXIMUM AND SOME DROVE GOOD DISTANCES TO ARRIVE. YOURS TRULY, WHO HAS THE WORLD'S WORST SENSE OF DIRECTION, GOT LOST AFTER FINDING A PARKING SPOT AND JUST MADE THE 2:00 OFFICIAL STARTING TIME. AMAZINGLY, OUR VAN WAS ONLY A COUPLE BLOCKS AWAY BUT I WALKED AROUND AND AROUND UNTIL I FOUND THE MUSEUM. A SIGN PROCLAIMING "MARIO LANZA WAY" HELPED IN MY SEARCH. ONE NICE LADY GAVE ME DIRECTIONS WHICH I RECORDED ON MY IPHONE TO REFER TO! TWO LADIES WERE STANDOUTS. ONE HAD A SINATRA HANDKERCHIEF THAT HE SIGNED AND GAVE HER. IT WAS ORANGE, FRANK'S FAVORITE COLOR. ANOTHER LADY TOLD US FASCINATING STORIES OF HER MEETING FRANK ON OCCASIONS THROUGH THE YEARS ALONG WITH HER BROTHER. A FEW PEOPLE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE ATTENDED A SINATRA CONCERT. I DID AT A RATHER LATE POINT IN HIS CAREER FROM 1988 TO 1989 WHEN HE ORGANIZED WHAT HE TITLED "THE ULTIMATE EVENT". THIS STARRED SINATRA, SAMMY DAVIS, JR., AND DEAN MARTIN. DINO'S HEART WASN'T IN IT AND HE LEFT SHORTLY AFTER IT STARTED. FRANK WAS ANGRY BUT REPLACED DEAN WITH THE EFFERVESCENT LIZA MINELLI. EACH HAD THEIR SEPARATE SPOTS AND THEN THEY CAME ONSTAGE TOGETHER IN SONG. SINATRA ALWAYS CALLED HIMSELF A "SALOON SINGER" AND HE PERFORMED SONGS LIKE "ONE FOR MY BABY" AND THE DIFFICULT "SOLILOQUY" FROM "CAROUSEL". THAT LAST TITLE TAKES A FULL EIGHT MINUTES TO SING. I KNOW THAT FOR A FACT SINCE I HAVE DONE THE SONG MYSELF WHEN AT RESTAURANTS ENJOYING MEALS AND SINGING KARAOKE. INCIDENTALLY, HOW I CAME TO ATTEND THE "ULTIMATE EVENT" SHOW IS INTERESTING. MY FORMER PARTNER IN SELLING 16MM HOLLYWOOD FILMS WAS TODD TUCKEY. SAMMMY DAVIS WANTED A VIDEO GAME HE COULD PLAY DURING HIS "DOWN" TIMES. TODD WAS IN THE VIDEO AND PINBALL GAME BUSINESS AND SAW TO IT THAT SAMMY GOT HIS WISH. IN EXCHANGE HE WAS GIVEN A STRIP OF FRONT ROW SEATS. ONE HAD MY NAME ON IT AND I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER SITTING ONLY A FEW PEOPLE AWAY FROM BARBARA MARX SINATRA, FRANK'S FOURTH AND FINAL WIFE. FRANK'S VOICE BY THAT TIME WAS SOMEWHAT ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES BUT HIS FANS CHEERED HIM ON NO MATTER HOW STRONG OR WEAK THE SINATRA "PIPES" WERE. IT IS ALSO INTERESTING THAT FRANK CHOSE HIS OWN SON, FRANK SINATRA, JR., TO DIRECT THE ORCHESTRA. BEING VERY ATTUNED TO HIS FATHER'S VOICE AND HABITS, FRANK JR. WAS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE. I WILL END THIS REVIEW BY AGAIN THANKING BILL FOR HIS DEDICATION AND HARD WORK IN BRINGING SHOWS TO THE MUSEUM FOR PEOPLE TO ENJOY. I HOPE ALL MARIO LANZA FANS CAN ATTEND THIS YEAR'S THREE DAY MARIO LANZA BALL WEEKEND AND THE ADDED PLEASURE OF HAVING MARIO'S DAUGHTER ELISSA BREGMAN LANZA ON HAND FOR THE ENTIRE TIME!
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Bill Ronayne
14th September, 2022 21:36
Just to give an update on the Mario Lanza Ball weekend, the October 22nd Dinner & a Movie event at the Mario Lanza Museum is now sold out. You can still attend the October 23rd Mario Lanza Ball at the IATSE Ballroom in Philadelphia which features the finals of the scholarship auditions, video presentations, silent auction, a cocktail hour, buffet dinner with stations and dancing to Over the Top Entertianment. Our special guests will be Ellisa Lanza Bregman and her husband Robert Bregman. Admission is $125 per person and includes wine, beer and soft drinks. Mixed drinks are cash bar. For more information and to pay by credit card, call 215-238-9691. It's an event you will not want to miss! Best, Bill
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Stan
13th September, 2022 21:09
He's got that swing!
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SSAMUELIAN
12th September, 2022 02:49
IT HAS BEEN NINE DAYS WITH NO POSTS. THIS IS NOT ONLY BORING BUT A BIG SHAME SINCE THIS WAS ONCE A THRIVING SITE ON WHICH TO DISCUSS ALL THINGS LANZA AND BEYOND. THIS REMINDS ME IN SOME WAYS OF EBAY. MY WIFE AND I HAVE BEEN LISTING HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES THERE SINCE ABOUT 1997. THE SITE WAS EASY TO NAVIGATE AND LISTING WAS FAIRLY EASY. ALL THAT WAS NEEDED WAS A GOOD DESCRIPTION OF THE ITEM AND A FEW CLEAR PHOTOS. YOU SOLD YOUR GOODIES AND PAID A FAIR PERCENTAGE. BUT THAT WASN'T ENOUGH FOR EBAY (NOW KNOWN BY A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS AS "GREEDBAY"). LISTING FEES GOT HIGHER AND HIGHER AND THE PERCENTAGE OF THE SOLD PRICE THEY KEPT GOT HIGHER AND HIGHER. AND YOU CAN NO LONGER CONTACT A BUYER WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE EBAY SYSTEM SO THEY COULD "SPY" ON YOU TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVEN'T BROKEN ANY RULES. SLOWLY BUT SURELY THE FUN GOT ZAPPED OUT OF SELLING. BUYING IS STILL FUN AND FINDING THINGS YOU WANT HAS BECOME VERY EASY. YOU DON'T HAVE TO WISH FOR SOMETHING LIKE YOU DID IN THE DARK AGES WHEN TRAVELING FROM ANTIQUE STORE TO ANTIQUE STORE LOOKING TO INCREASE YOUR COLLECTION. ANOTHER VARIABLE IS PRICE. WHEN THERE WERE ONLY FIVE OR SO LISTINGS OF THE SAME ITEM, CHANCES WERE YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO SELL THAT ITEM. BUT IF THERE ARE TWENTY OR MORE OF SAID ITEM, CHANCES DROPPED CONSIDERABLY AS NOW THE PIECE WAS NO LONGER "RARE OR HARD TO FIND". WE NEVER USE THE WORD RARE SINCE WITH EBAY THERE IS NO SUCH WORD. THE SAME GOES WITH BUYING. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES WE HAD CUSTOMERS ORDER A PIECE FROM US THAT WE CONFIRMED AND EMAILED OUR ADDRESS TO. WE WAIT AND NO PAY IS COMING THROUGH. WE SEND ANOTHER LETTER AS A REMINDER. SAME SCENARIO: NO ONE CARES OR HAS BASIC COURTESY TO ANSWER!

OBVIOUSLY I RAMBLED ABOVE. BUT ONE SENTENCE IS ALL I NEED AT THIS TIME: WE NEED TO RALLY OR ELSE! SOABOX SAN SIGNING OUT......
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd September, 2022 11:14
WOW! I LISTENED TO ALL YOUR RECOMMENDED SINGERS AND I CAN SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT ALL ARE EXCELLENT. I HEARD ANTHONY MARLOW DO "MUSIC OF THE NIGHT" WITH MORE PASSION THAN ORIGINATOR MICHEAL CRAWFORD. RAMIN KARIMLOO SANG DID A STUNNING "MUSIC OF THE NIGHT". IF I HAD TO PICK THE BEST ONE I WOULD GIVE A SLIGHT EDGE TO SIERRA BOGESS WHO HAS A BEAUTIFUL VOICE AND QUITE A RANGE.
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Stephen of Las Vegas
2nd September, 2022 01:14
Anthony Warlow is another great voice, especially these two performances from The Main Event. He was the Phantom in Australia, his native country, and he was also an early Jekyll & Hyde, at least during the early years in the 1990s when Linda Eder also stared in it. Linda was married to Frank Wildhorn, one of the creators of Jekyll & Hyde for several years and they have a son, Jake. Warlow had cancer in 1992 and I suspect he has shaved his head since that period. I don't know if he's been mentioned before on this forum.

This is the Moment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KiX2Wgo7hg

Music of the Night:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm8aSKMoZog
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Stephen of Las Vegas
1st September, 2022 23:45
Some other great performances:

Eder singing Man of La Mancha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpXNniqJml0

And down the right side of the page, this extremely fine Japanese lady:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s0jGhXl3OE

Sierra Boggess & Ramin Karimloo who stared in the 25th Anniversary of the Phantom of the Opera which was broadcast from Royal Albert Hall (available on DVD), repeating a couple of performances at the Brit Awards. I believe Boggess said in an interview, that when she was taking voice lessons, she brought a Linda Eder CD to her voice teacher and told her that was what she wanted to sing like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Knygth4Rqow
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SSAMUELIAN
1st September, 2022 14:17
HI YOU TWO! FIRST I WANT TO THANK YOU BOTH FOR TIPPING ME OFF TO LINDA EDER AND SISSEL. I COULD ONLY FIND EARLIER SONGS FOR EDER. ON YOUTUBE A GREAT EXAMPLE WAS HER TWO TUNES TOGETHER OF "I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM" AND "DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE" CIRA 2008. SHE IS SOMEWHAT REMINISCENT OF BARBRA STREISAND. SISSEL ON THE OTHER HAND IS FEATURED CURRENTLY. VOICE QUALITY OF THE TWO? EDER HAS THE EDGE WITH HER WARMTH AND DYNAMICS. LIKE MARIO, HER VOICE IS WELL PLACED AND RICH. SHE CAN TRULY "BELT OUT" HER SONGS. ON THE OTHER HAND SISSEL KYRKJEBO(!) HAS A MUCH MORE SUBTLE VOICE. SHE DOES NOT HAVE SHEER FORCE OF LINDA. I IMAGINE HER VOICE IS SMALLER BUT THAT IS HARD TO SAY NOT HEARING HER LIVE. BUT A BEAUTIFUL VOICE TO BE SURE. AND SPEAKING OF BEAUTIFUL BOTH GIRLS ARE VERY GOOD LOOKING!
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Stephen of Las Vegas
1st September, 2022 10:40
Sissel is all over Youtube and appears to have tours this year, some CDs on Amazon. John Gary is one of my favorites, as well as the English ballad singer of the 50s & 60s Robert Earl, "the English Mario Lanza," who is probably still retired in Florida at the age of 95, living close to his son of the same name who has been an extremely successful restaurateur in England and a casino operator in the US. He's also on Youtube, sometimes a bit harder to find as they get him confused with Robert Earl Keen.
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Mike from L.I.
31st August, 2022 14:13
Stephen. She's even better in person. Whatever became of Sissel? Favorite male John Gary..
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Stephen of Las Vegas
31st August, 2022 11:01
You need to listen to Linda Eder, my favorite female vocalist since I "discovered" her almost 20 years ago. "Broadway My Way" would be a fine introduction if you haven't heard her. I probably mentioned her in the old forum years ago. She won 11 straight competitions on Ed McMahon's "Star Search" in 1988 to pick up the $100,000 prize. Lots of her on Youtube, even a few of the Star Search competitions.
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SSAMUELIAN
28th August, 2022 07:50
THE SINATRA IN PALM SPRINGS DVD IS GREAT TO WATCH. THERE ARE IN DEPTH INTERVIEWS WITH MANY OF FRANK'S CELEBRITY FRIENDS. WHAT IS EXCEPTIONAL IS THE WAY THE PRODUCERS SHOT AND COMPARED TODAY'S VIEW OF THE SINATRA ESTATE TO YESTERDAY'S. SINATRA'S LAST WIFE BARBARA IS PROMINENT. SHE PASSED AWAY 2017. IT RUNS 92 MINUTES.

HERE IS A PROFESSIONAL DESCRIPTION OF THE DISC:

Palm Springs, a small desert oasis 100 miles east of Los Angeles, was Frank Sinatra's home for fifty years. During his brief yet turbulent marriage to Ava Gardner, Palm Springs was center stage. And for the rest of his life, the Rancho Mirage compound on Frank Sinatra Drive was the sanctuary he called "My Heaven." Palm Springs still feels the ghost of the legendary performer. In this documentary film, director Leo Zahn explores Sinatra's deep attachment to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, capturing the spirit of the Sinatra era and paying tribute to his unique lifestyle. Featuring more than fifty clips from his movie and television appearances as well as revealing interviews with Barbara Sinatra, Mel Haber, Tom Dreesen, Bruce Fessier, Trini López, Michael Fletcher and many others who knew and lived and played with Mr. Sinatra, Zahn offers a fascinating insight into a true icon of entertainment.
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SSAMUELIAN
27th August, 2022 09:32
I DIDN'T KNOW I HAD IT (OFTEN DVDS ARE HARD TO FIND HERE SINCE I HAVEE OVER 4,000 OF THEM BUT THEY ARE AT LEAST ALPHABETIZED BY EACH RACK). I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING IT WITH THOSE 70 SPECIAL CLIPS ON THE DVD "SINATRA IN PALM SPRINGS". THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THE REMINDER.
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SSAMUELIAN
26th August, 2022 17:52
STEPHEN,

I CAN CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND WHY FRANK SPENT HIS LATER YEARS AROUND LOS ANGELES. I HAVE ONE CD THAT IS, TO ME, ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS CAREER CIRCA 1962. HE SANG A LONG CONCERT IN PARIS AND ONLY HAD A VERY SMALL GROUP OF MUSICIANS. PURISTS WHO ARE USED TO HEARING BIG ORCHESTRAS MIGHT BE DISAPPOINTED BUT THE WONDERFUL WAY HE TAKES SONGS AND "BENDS" AND "TWISTS" THEM IS BRILLIANT. MANY SONGS PERFORMED THAT NIGHT ARE RARE IN ANY OF HIS OTHER CONCERTS BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER. LOOK IT UP ON AMAZON AND I URGE YOU TO GET IT. IT IS TITLED "SINATRA AND SEXTET LIVE IN PARIS"

https://www.amazon.com/Sinatra-Sextet-Frank/dp/B003H695IC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=SQMF6QRI2C7P&keywords=frank+sinatra+live+in+paris&qid=1661550675&sprefix=FRANK+SINATRA+IN+PARIS%2Caps%2C79&sr=8-1
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Stephen of Las Vegas
26th August, 2022 13:15
The DVD "Sinatra in Palm Springs" is very interesting. Sinatra like living there much more than in Beverly Hills, where he wound up spending his last days closer to his Los Angeles doctors.
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Bill Ronayne
25th August, 2022 16:13
Just to clarify my previous post, the Sinatra event is at the Lanza Musuem. Best, Bill
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Bill Ronayne
25th August, 2022 16:05
 
FRANK SINATRA ~ A CELEBRATION

Saturday September 17, 2022, at 2:00pm.

A one-hour lecture and audiovisual presentation on the life and career of one of the all-time great performers by MLI President Bill Ronayne. Frank Sinatra will be featured in a collection of classic film and television clips of many of his big hits.

$20 per person. Lecture starts promptly at 2:00pm. and includes light refreshments

Checks should be made out to Mario Lanza Institute and mailed to:

Mario Lanza Institute
1214 Reed Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147.

For information or to make a credit card payment call 215-238-9691. Seating is limited and on a first come first paid basis. No refunds or credits. No exceptions.

Street parking. Please RSVP by September 10, 2022.
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Stephen of Las Vegas
25th August, 2022 12:11
I just ran into this at Amazon, a new Sepia CD of Judy Garland that came out in June. I don't know if they have any other Judy Garland CDs, but it's easy to find their website and check their catalog. They do have some interesting artists besides Mario. Bing Crosby, a couple of Sammy Davis Jr., etc.

https://www.amazon.com/Person-Judy-Garland/dp/B0B42YPLZT/ref=d_qpr_sccl_1_1/147-8795735-3052265?pd_rd_w=NcQdu&content-id=amzn1.sym.cc083f15-2bd5-43ec-89cb-7718dafba0fe&pf_rd_p=cc083f15-2bd5-43ec-89cb-7718dafba0fe&pf_rd_r=0FNJACV34JXG30DAXGFB&pd_rd_wg=5ylFT&pd_rd_r=5b7bf86c-7211-4d03-a7b7-2419fb82f15d&pd_rd_i=B0B42YPLZT&psc=1
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SSAMUELIAN
24th August, 2022 09:58
DEAR BILL,

I KNOW THAT THIS THREE DAY WEEKEND WILL BE GREAT. FIRST, ON FRIDAY CAROLE SHEA HEADS THE WELCOMING DINNER AT LA VIOLA. I HAVE EATEN THERE SEVERAL TIMES IN THE PAST AND GUARANTEE IT WILL BE EXCELLENT. IF SHE COULD ARRANGE TO HAVE MARIO SINGING IN THE BACKGROUND THAT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER. IF SHE CAN'T, I HAVE ENOUGH MUSIC IN MY CELL PHONE TO PROVIDE IT. NEXT, THE EVENING DINNER AT THE MUSEUM. I NEVER ATTENDED AN EVENING FUNCTION THERE. SO THIS WILL BE A NEW EXPERIENCE. PERHAPS YOU'LL LET US KNOW WHAT THE MENU IS. ONE THING I KNOW I WILL LIKE IS SEEING "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS" WITH OTHER FANS. THAT IS ALWAYS SPECIAL. AND LAST, ON SUNDAY THE BALL. WHEN YOU SELECTED THE FOLKS WHO RUN THE FOOD YOU FOUND A FINE GROUP OF PEOPLE TO CATER A VERY FULFILLING DINNER. NOT TO MENTION THE SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION AND ENTERTAINMENT BY A DJ INSTEAD OF AN EXPENSIVE LIVE BAND. PEOPLE CAN DANCE TO THE MUSIC.

I JUST HOPE I WILL BE DEPRESSION FREE WHEN THE TIME COMES. IT IS TWO LONG MONTHS AWAY. AS IN THE PAST, I WILL NEED TO WAIT UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE TO BE SURE AND HOPE YOU CAN ACCOMMODATE ME.


BEST,
SAM
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Bill Ronayne
23rd August, 2022 14:50
2022 Mario Lanza Ball Weekend
Friday October 21st at 5:30pm

Carole Shea’s Welcoming Dinner

La Viola Restaurant
253 S. 16th Street

3 Course dinner (Bring your own wine) $60 per person.

Please contact Carole at pastawithclams@gmail.com to attend this event only.

Saturday October 22nd at 5:00pm

Dinner and a Movie

Mario Lanza Museum
1214 Reed Street

There will be a complete showing of That Midnight Kiss and a buffet dinner with coffee, soda and dessert. 50/50 raffle.

Seating is limited and on a first come first paid basis.

$50 per person

Sunday October 23rd at 6:00pm.

Mario Lanza Ball

IATSE Ballroom

2401 S. Swanson Street

Cocktail Hour, scholarship finals, buffet dinner with stations, dancing to Over the Top Entertainment, video presentations, silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

$125 per person includes unlimited wine, beer or soda for the event.
Mixed drinks are cash bar for the entire evening.

For credit card payments for the museum event and the Ball only or for information call 215-238-9691.
Please note that there is an additional fee when paying by credit card.
No refunds or credits. No exceptions.



Special guests for the entire weekend: Mario Lanza’s daughter Ellisa Lanza Bregman and her husband Bobby Bregman!

We are no longer providing a block of rooms for overnight guests.
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SSAMUELIAN
23rd August, 2022 02:06
I WAS MULLING OVER WHETHER I HEARD A QUOTE ABOUT MARIO'S VOICE SPOKEN BY A SONG WRITER. I HAD A FEELING IT WAS SAMMY CAHN AND I WAS RIGHT. HE SAID IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY CALLED "I SHOULD CARE" THAT HEARING MARIO IN PERSON WAS SO BRILLI1ANT AND POWERFUL THAT IT SCARED HIM!THAT'S THE KIND OF SCARING I LIKE!
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SSAMUELIAN
19th August, 2022 01:04
GARY, AUSTIN BUTLER WAS TREMENDOUS. HE GIVES AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OF NOT JUST ELVIS WHEN YOUNG BUT AS HE AGED AND LEADING RIGHT UP TO THE CONCERT WHERE HE WAS SITTING AT A PIANO VERY DOPED UP. I UNDERSTAND THAT SHOTS OF BUTLER AND THE REAL ELVIS WERE INTERCUT FOR THAT SCENE. THE FILM MAY NOT BE ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ACCURATE BUT IT SURE AS HELL IS GREAT ENTERTAINMENT. I ORDERED THE 4K/BLU RAY SET FOR 24.95 ON EBAY AND THEY SUPPOSEDLY WILL ENSURE SHIPPING ON SEPTEMBER 13TH. HECK, JUST TOM HANKS'BRAVURA PERFORMANCE IS WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION. SPEAKING OF THAT, MY WIFE ANNA AND I WENT TO OUR LOCAL REGAL MOVIE THEATER--OUR FIRST VISIT TO A REAL THEATER IN YEARS. (I HAVE 4,000 DVDS, SO DON'T REALLY NEED TO GO OUT). YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT WATCHING "ELVIS" COST US. FIRST THE HIGH ADMISSION PRICE FOR TWO, THEN A TUB OF BUTTER POPCORN, A HOT DOG, AND THE PRETZEL NUBS WITH A PHONY CHEESE SAUCE. ALL FOR ONLY 52.00! I WONDERED HOW FAMILIES CAN GO TO FILMS WITH SUCH COSTS, AND MOST HAVE ONE CHILD OR MORE. THERE WAS ALSO THE SHOT OF MARIO'S LP "SONGS OF DEVOTION" I BELIEVE SITTING BY ELVI'LITTLE RECORD PLAYER. THAT PLAYER IS THE SAME ONE I HAD AS A CHILD AND JUST RESTORED!
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Gary from Halifax
18th August, 2022 19:31
Very quickly re. the Elvis movie where Elvis is played by Austin Butler. IMO the young actor should be nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal.
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Stephen of Las Vegas
17th August, 2022 02:05
Well, some more information about Elvis Presley and Mario. If you Google "is Mario Lanza mentioned in the new Elvis movie" you find this site. It has a few errors about Lanza, but is interesting:

https://www.elvisinfonet.com/spotlight_influences_lanza.html

Further down the page of results,

https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/elvis-and-priscilla-presley-got-together-because-they-loved-this-movie.html/

In which Priscilla Presley states Elvis watched "The Student Prince" seven times.

Further down,

https://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/elvis-and-his-italian-inspirations

It seems there's quite a bit of mention about Lanza in the Elvis Pressley world.
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SSAMUELIAN
14th August, 2022 08:06
I HAVE DONE RESEARCH ABOUT ALL OF THE MARIO LANZA REEL TO REEL TAPES EVER RELEASED. MY FINDINGS:

1-THE DESERT SONG--THIS IS THE MOST EASILY FOUND AND IT IS 71/2 IPS, MAKING IT THE BEST SOUNDING OF ALL. IT BETTERS THE LP AND ANY SEPIA TRACKS RELEASED ON IT.

2-THE STUDENT PRINCE AND VAGABOND KING. BEING SLOW SPEED THE SOUND IS NOT GOING TO BE AS GOOD.

3-THE GREAT CARUSO AND LOVE SONGS AND A NEAPOLITAN SERENADE. THE HARDEST ONE TO FIND, BUT IT IS ONLY SLOW SPEED.

4-THE CHRISTMAS CAROLS ALBUM. THIS IS FAST SPEED AND WILL SOUND VERY GOOD. I PREFER THE EARLY FIFTIES CHRISTMAS ALBUM.

HERE IS HOW ONE DEALER DESCRIBED THE 1959 LANZA TAPES:

THE CLOSEST THING TO HAVING A COPY OF THE ANALOG MASTER TAPE FOR THIS ALBUM, IT IS LONG BEFORE DIGITAL.
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SSAMUELIAN
13th August, 2022 00:06
I WAS TWEAKING THE CONTROLS OF MY LARGE VIDEO PROJECTOR BY EPSON TONIGHT AND I LOST THE SOUND BY TRIPPING OVER A WIRE. WELL, THERE I AM IN THE DARK FUMBLING FOR THE WIRE AND LUCKILY I FOUND IT. SO, I DECIDED TO PUT ON A MARIO LANZA FILM TO TEST THE SOUND. AND THEN IT CAME TO ME: THE PICTURE QUALITY OF EVERY SINGLE MARIO LANZA MOVIE IS QUITE GOOD. THERE IS THE MGM SET OF HIS TWO FIRST MOVIES "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS" AND THE "TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS", THEN THERE IS THE NEWLY RESTORED GREAT CARUSO THAT CAN'T BE BEAT. THAT WAS FOLLOWED BY "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE". AND THAT WAS FOLLOWED BY "THE STUDENT PRINCE". AND THAT WAS FOLLOWED BY "SERENADE". AND THAT WAS FOLLOWED BY "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME" AND THE LAST IS "FOR THE FIRST TIME". I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT "SERENADE" IS PRETTY GOOD PICTURE WISE AND SOUND WISE IS EXCELLENT IT COULD USE UPDATING BUT IS PASSABLE FOR NOW. HOWEVER, AND THIS IS THE POINT OF MY POST, THE ONE STANDOUT WHICH ABSOLUTELY NEEDS UPDATING IS "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE". THE COLOR AND SOUND ARE GOOD BUT THE PICTURE OVERALL IS GRAINY AND VARIABLE. LOOK AT THE LAST SHOT OF MARIO AND MORROW ABOUT TO KISS AND THE PICTURE GETS DARK. THANK GOD FOR THE GREAT LAST HIGH NOTE THAT OVERSHADOWS MORROW'S FINAL NOTE AND TAKES ONE'S MIND OFF OF THE POOR DARK QUALITY. THE CAST CREDITS COME ON AFTER THE END TITLE AND THEY ARE BETTER.

THANKS STEPHEN FOR THE LINK TO THE LARRY KING INTERVIEW. I HAD NOT SEEN IT BEFORE AND IT WAS SO NICE TO SEE PRISCILLA AND KING POINT OUT THE LANZA LP SITTING THERE AND THEN THEM SAYING HE LOVED MARIO'S VOICE.
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Stephen of Las Vegas
12th August, 2022 20:08
I mentioned this years ago on the old forum and it's still on Youtube. I guess it's appropriate to show this again with the new Elvis movie out. Priscilla Presley giving a tour to Larry King of Graceland in 1977 on the 30th Anniversary of Elvis' death. At about 40 seconds into part 3 they start talking about records and there's a Mario Lanza record on top, and she talks about both their love of Lanza.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVCAXZGNZwE
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Derek McG to Stephen
10th August, 2022 23:14
Correction: Make that: "I don't *KNOW* why the two Otello tracks [played differently]...".
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Derek McG to Stephen
10th August, 2022 23:11
You're welcome, Stephen.

I don't why the two Otello tracks featured on Sepia's earlier Lanza release (Greatest Operatic Recordings) played differently on your equipment, but it is purely concidental on my part that they share the same track numbers as on the current CD. And, yes, they are different recordings of the Otello duet: on the earlier Sepia we hear an outtake recorded with the soprano Gloria Boh, while on the current CD we hear a recording made four months later with Licia Albanese.

While I (slightly) prefer Mario's actual singing on his rendition with Boh, both his renditions are memorable. I wouldn't want to live without either of them! And his singing of the Monologue is, of course, in a league of its own.

Incidentally, if you're interested in reading Gloria Boh's reminiscences of working with Mario, you can follow this link to my website: https://www.mariolanzatenor.com/firsthand-accounts-of-working-with-lanza-gloria-boh.html

Cheers,
Derek
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Stephen of Las Vegas
10th August, 2022 22:47
Thank you, Derek. I figured something like that was going on, but I didn't know how the two pieces were connected. I love Mario's voice, but I'm no student of opera. I guess they were handled slightly differently on the Greatest Operatic Recordings CD. Interesting that they wound up with the same track numbers on both CDs.
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Derek McGovern to Stephen of Las Vegas
10th August, 2022 20:25
Hello Stephen: I worked on the new Sepia CD "The Electrifying Mario Lanza," so I'm happy to answer your question.

"Dio ti giocondi" is the duet from Act III of Verdi's "Otello," and the monologue "Dio! Mi Potevi Scagliar" is the aria that immediately follows it. Although there is no pause in the opera between the duet and the monologue, they should be regarded as two separate musical entities.

The duet (track #17 on this CD) ends with Otello crudely dismissing Desdemonona with the words "quella vil cortigian che è la sposa d’Otello!"---touching high C in the process---and then we hear the thunderous orchestral chords that signal the beginning of the great monologue (track #18).

For this CD I asked Sepia's sound engineer, Robin Cherry, to ensure that the duet and aria were not placed together on the same track as if they were one and the same musical piece, but to separate them at the exact point where the former ends and the latter begins. Apart from making musical sense, this would then allow listeners who wanted to skip the long duet to go straight to the monologue without having to fast-forward through ten minutes of singing. I also asked Robin if he could in this instance also delete the standard 3-second gap that normally occurs between successive tracks. This would then allow listeners who wanted to hear the monologue follow the duet seamlessly --- as would occur in a performance of the opera --- to do so. Robin was happy to accommodate my request.

While there is no audible break between the duet and the monologue when I play the CD on either conventional CD players or on the portable drive connected to my computer, I understand that because of a technical quirk unique to certain kinds of software or very basic CD-playing equipment, the intended seamlessness between tracks 17 and 18 may not occur. This is obviously what you're experiencing, Stephen.

I'm sure that if you try playing the CD on a different audio set-up---for example, through a standard portable CD player connected to a hi-fi system---it will play as intended. But rest assured that the point at which track 17 ends is indeed the same point at which the duet also concludes (abrupt as it may sound when played through your particular software).

Cheers,
Derek
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SSAMUELIAN
10th August, 2022 18:24
IT WOULD HELP IF I GAVE YOU THE URL TO SEE AND HEAR THE OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR THE MOVIE "ELVIS"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIsojttVj4o
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Stephen of Las Vegas
10th August, 2022 12:09
I'm a bit confused with tracks 17 and 18 on the new Sepia CD "The Electrifying Mario Lanza." On my copy, track 17 (Otello- Dio Ti Giocondi) has a length of 10:01, but perhaps continues immediately on track 18 for another 4:16. Track 18 is labeled Otello- Dio! Mi Potevi Scagliar on my CD. By itself, track 17 has a very abrupt ending if you don't immediately start track 18. I was playing the CD with a software player that stops after each track, and the halt at the end of track 17 sounded very abrupt.

On another, earlier Sepia CD "Greatest Operatic Recordings" the same song Otello. Dio ti giocondi (which also happens to be track 17 on this CD) runs 10:50. It is also followed by Otello. Dio! Mi potevi scagliar on track 18 that runs 3:44 minutes.

These are perhaps not from the same recordings, which would account for the different lengths. But I thought it was odd that if track 18 is a continuation of tracks 17 on the new CD, that Sepia separated them instead of simply making track 17 into the full 14:51.

I am not a student of opera, so I don't know if my speculation makes any sense at all. Does track 18 naturally and immediately follow track 17 in the Opera?

I only noticed this because I was playing the new CD with software that stops after each track without going on automatically to the next track, so the song on the new CD that ended at 10:01 ended very abruptly. It was only when I switched to a player that started track 18 immediately, that it sounded like a natural continuation. On "Greatest Opera Recordings" track 17 seems to have a more natural ending by itself.

Thanks for any response.
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Stephen of Las Vegas
10th August, 2022 10:22
I ran into this interesting page on Mario by a great Polish fan:

https://lowiczanka.wordpress.com/2019/05/05/meraviglioso-mario-lanza/
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SSAMUELIAN
10th August, 2022 01:55
HERE IS A TWO MINUTE PIECE THAT HAS A LOT TO SAY! IT CONTAINS SHORT EXCERPTS FROM THE NEW FILM "ELVIS" SHOWING LEAD ACTOR PLAYING ELVIS MENTION MARIO LANZA. MUCH OF THE SHOR HAS PHOTOS AND RECORDING CLIPS THAT HIGHLIGHT OUR MARIO!
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SSAMUELIAN
9th August, 2022 14:12
I HAVE TO MAKE SOME VERY IMPORTANT CORRECTIONS TO MY POST BELOW. YOU SEE I GOT MY INFORMATION FROM WHAT I ASSUMED TO BE AN ACCURATE SOURCE. NADA. ONE BIG DIFFERENCE: ELVIS PRESLEY DID THE SINGING FOR MOST OF THE SONGS. AUSTIN BARBER, WHO PLAYED HIM, HAD SOME VOICE LESSONS AND DID A COUPLE OF SONGS HIMSELF EARLY ON. AT TIMES THE TECHNICIANS BLENDED HIS VOICE WITH THE REAL ELVIS. THE FILM HAS A FRENETIC PACE USING QUICK SHOTS, UNUSUAL ANGLES, AND QUICK ZOOMS. IT WAS DIRECTED BY BAZ LUHRMANN, WHO ALSO DIRECTED THE FAMOUS FILM "MOULIN ROUGE". A FAVORITE OF ANNA AND I, IT WAS EVEN MORE FRENETIC THAN "ELIVS". HE WASN'T ALWAYS ACCURATE AND TWISTED SOME INFORMATION TO SUIT HIS NEEDS. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, TOM HANKS PRACTICALLY STEALS THE FILM WITH HIS WONDERFUL UNDERPLAYED ACTING. KUDOS ALSO TO THE GIRL WHO PLAYED PRISCILLA, ELVIS'S ONLY TRUE LOVE. HIS DAUGHTER LISA MARIE APPEARS AS A VERY YOUNG GIRL. I STRONGLY URGE ANY OF YOU, ELVIS FANS OR NOT, TO GO SEE THIS EXCELLENT FILM. BUT YOU HAVE TO BE QUICK SINCE THE MOVIE IS RAPIDLY LEAVING THEATERS. WARNER BROTHERS HAVE MADE ABOUT 179 MILLION DOLLARS AAT LAST COUNT, SO I'M SURE THEY ARE HAPPY!
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SSAMUELIAN
9th August, 2022 00:06
MY WIFE AND I JUST CAME BACK FROM SEEING THE NEW MOVIE CALLED SIMPLY "ELVIS". I WAS PLEASED WHEN ELVIS WAS ASKED WHO WAS VERY POPULAR IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS AND HE SAID "MARIO LANZA"! IF YOU ARE AN ELVIS FAN I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE MOVIE. THEY DID NOT USE ELVIS' REAL VOICE BUT THE ACTOR THAT PLAYED HIM WAS GIVEN VOICE LESSONS AND LEARNED VERY WELL HOW TO IMITATE HIM IN VOICE AND IN HIS UNIQUE WAY OF MOVING AROUND WHILE SINGING. A FEW SONGS WERE DONE WITH THE STAR HAVING HIS VOICE BLENDED WITH THE REAL ELVIS.
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SSAMUELIAN
5th August, 2022 10:38
I AM REPEATING WHAT I SAID PLUS IMPORTANT MISSING PARTS THAT SOMEHOW GOT DELETED.

HERE GOES:

HEY GUYS, IT'S GETTING PRETTY LONESOME IN HERE. THERE IS NO ONE TO POST TO BECAUSE NO ONE IS POSTING BACK(EXCEPT ME). I KNOW JEFF HAS MADE THE FORUM COMPLICATED. BUT I AM HERE TO HELP YOU GET BACK ON. DEREK MCGOVERN TAUGHT ME HOW TO USE THE "NEW" SITE AND I WILL PASS IT FORWARD AND TEACH ANYONE WHO WANTS TO POST TO POST. REMEMBER WHAT MARIO SANG "THE SKY WAS BLUE AND HIGH ABOVE THE MOON WAS NEW AND SO IS LOVE, THIS ACHING HEART OF MINE IS SINGING"....

YOURS TRULY SINGS: "POSTERS COME BACK TO RENSE".
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SSAMUELIAN
5th August, 2022 10:03
HEY GUYS, IT'S GETTING PRETTY LONESOME IN HERE. THERE IS NO ONE TO POST TO BECAUSE NO ONE IS POSTING BACK(EXCEPT ME). I KNOW JEFF HAS MADE THE FORUM COMPLICATED. BUT I AM HERE TO HELP YOU GET BACK. DEREK MCGOVERN TAUGHT ME HOW TO USE THE "NEW" SITE AND I WILL PASS IT FORWARD AND TEACH ANYONE WHO WANTS TO POST. REMEMBER WHAT MARIO SANG:"THIS ACHING HEART OF MINE WAS SAYING"

SAM SAYING: "WE WANT YOU TO COME BACK"!
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd August, 2022 01:41
 
WE NEED TO TAKE AN0THER HOP, SKIP, AND A JUMP. PAST THE SCENE WHERE MARIO IS TAUGHT BE KATHRYN HOW TO DANCE, PAST THE SCENE WHERE MARIO VISITS THE GRAYSON HOME AND IS SO PRIM AND PROPER THAT HE GETS UP, SITS DOWN, GETS UP AGAIN EVERY TIME KATHRYN THE LADY DOES SO. HEL TRIES TO MAKE SMALL TALK LIKE MENTIONING THE WEATHER. NIVEN CLEARS HIS THROAT AND MARIO SAYS "NOT CATCHING COLD I TRUST". WHEN HE LEAVES KATHRYN AND DAVID AGREE THAT THEY HAVE GONE TOO FAR IN CHANGING MARIO. THEY REHEARSE "MADAME BUTTERFLY" AND MARIO DRIVES NIVEN CRAZY AFTER HE TELLS MARIO TO GRAB THE GIRL AND THROW DOWN THE CIGARETTE. MARIO IS THE WIMP HERE AS HE JUST GIVES HER A PECK ON THE CHEEK AND LETS THE CIGARETTE MERELY SLIP OUT OF HIS HAND. TINA, PLAYED SO WELL BY RITA MORENO IN HER FIRST OR SECOND FILM ROLE TELLS MARIO HOW UNHAPPY SHE IS OVER HOW HE HAS CHANGED. MARIO ASKS HER SOMETHING LIKE"WOULD YOU HAVE ME"AND SHE CRIES AT HIM THAT SHE WOULD HAVE BEFORE BUT NOT NOW. THE LIGHT BULB GOES OFF IN OUR BOY'S HEAD AFTER THEY LEAVE AND AFTER SHE DOES WHAT SHE HAS DONE A COUPLE TIMES IN THE MOVIE BY JUMPING INTO THE ARMS OF HER MAN AND SAYING "PIERRE CATCH" AS SHE IS THROWN UP IN THE AIR. RITA MORENO IS A MAJOR TALENT AND NOW IN HER EARLY NINETIES IS STILL MAKING MOVIES AS HER APPEARANCE IN THE NEW "WEST SIDE STORY" PROVES. YOU HAVE TO STOP AND THINK HOW GREAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IF SHE HAD GIVEN ONLY TEN YEARS OFF HERS TO MARIO AND THEN WE MIGHT HAVE HAD SO MANY MORE MARIO LANZA MOVIES AND SONGS AND ARIAS.THE PHOTO HERE SHOWS THE FINAL ARIA BEING SUNG WITH MARIO NOW BECOMING THE LOTHARIO WHO TAKES COMMAND. HE KISSES HER HARD AND THROWS HIS CIGARETTE DOWN WITH GUSTO. THE ARIA ENDS AND MARIO STARTS CHASING KATHRYN AROUND THE SET IN BETWEEN BOWS TO THE AUDIENCE. AFTER ABOUT TWO OR THREE TIMES MARIO IS SOMEWHAT DISORIENTED BUT UNCLE NICKY POINTS TO THE BRIDGE WHERE GRAYSON WAS LAST SCENE AND MARIO WAVES HIS THANKS AND GOES OVER THE BRIDGE. GRAYSON GOES UP TO HER ROOM AND LOCKS THE DOOR. MARIO BREAKS DOWN THE DOOR, LOOKS AT KATHRYN AND THEY KISS AND THE END CREDITS COME UP FOLLOWED BY THE CREDITS FOR THE CAST. AND THIS ENDS MY WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE FOR "THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS".
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd August, 2022 01:15
 
SORRY ABOUT THAT LAST PHOTO. I GUESS I SHOULD NOT BE WRITING AND UPLOADING PHOTOS AT 1:30 AM!! SO, "LET ME TRY AGAIN" (WHICH HAPPENS TO BE THE SONG FRANK SINATRA SANG AFTER HE CAME OUT OF HIS SELF IMPOSED EARLY RETIREMENT). BUT BACK TO TONO.
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd August, 2022 01:10
 
THIS PHOTO IS OUT OF SEQUENCE. IT COMES AFTER MARIO HAS CONVINCED KATHRYN TO PADDLE DOWN THE RIVER AND HAVE LUNCH TOGETHER. SHE ENJOYS IT AND THEY SING "THE BAYOU LULLABY", A SWEET SONG SUNG AS A DUET WHILE MARIO PADDLES. THERE IS AN AWFUL SHOT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SONG THAT IS A LONG SHOT AND IT IS SO OBVIOUS THAT NEITHER MARIO OR KATHRYN ARE IN THE BOAT BUT RATHER STAND-INS. HE GOES TO KISS HER AND SHE IS WILLING BUT THEN SHE SAYS SOMETHING LIKE "WE SHOULDN'T DO THIS" AND MARIO KISSES HER AGAIN REGARDLESS AND GETS HIS FACE SLAPPED AND IS PUT DOWN VERY BADLY WHEN KATHRYN TELLS HIM SHE KNEW FROM THE FIRST TIME SHE SAW HIM THAT HE WAS LOW GRADE AND WOULD NEVER CHANGE. OUR PHOTO HERE IS THE NEXT DAY (I THINK) WHEN MARIO SEEKS ADVICE FROM DAVID NIVEN SAYING "DO YOU KNOW A BETTER WAY TO TELL A GIRL YOU LOVE HER THAN BY KISSING"? NIVEN SAYS HE PROBABLY SCARED HER. NIVEN'S HOLD ON KATHRYN IS SLIPPING. REALISTICALLY A MAN IN HIS POSITION SHOULD HAVE JUST BEEN DONE WITH MARIO BUT HIS GREAT LOVE FOR KATHRYN OVERCOMES HIS REAL WORLD SENSIBILITIES. HOWEVER THIS ISN'T REAL LIFE, IT IS A MOVIE.
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd August, 2022 00:54
 
MORE PLOT COMPLICATIONS FOLLOW WITH SCENES LIKE THEM EATING AT "DOMINIQUES", ONE OF THE FINEST RESTAURANTS IN NEW ORLEANS. THEY ARE SERVED SHRIMP ON ICE BUT ONE WHIFF BY MARIO AND UNCLE NICKY IS PROOF THAT THESE ARE NOT SHRIMP TO EAT, THEY ARE SHRIMP THAT SHOULD BE THROWN BACK TO GET BIGGER AND BETTER SHRIMP. SO, BEFORE NIVEN AND KATHRYN HAVE A CHANCE TO EAT, THE CHEF TAKES ALL THEIR DISHES AWAY IN DISGUST. AGAIN, DUE TO LACK OF MORE PHOTOS, I MUST JUMP AHEAD TO THIS SCENE WHERE MARIO IS NOW A MAN OF THE WORLD AND HAS PROVEN TO EVERYONE (ESPECIALLY KATHRYN) THAT HE IS WORTHY. SHE WEARS A LOVELY RED GOWN. LET ME SAY HERE THAT HER COSTUMES IN TONO ARE EXCEPTIONAL. THEY MAY HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY MGM COSTUMER EDITH HEAD BUT I AM NOT SURE OF THIS. LET ME ALSO SAY THAT IN PROJECTING THIS MOVIE I DISCOVERED THAT THE TONO DISC IS EXCELLENT. SO MUCH SO THAT I CAN SAFELY SAY THAT IT IS ONLY ONE STEP BELOW THE NEW "GREAT CARUSO" THAT WAS STRUCK RIGHT FROM THE ORIGINAL NEGATIVE. (MOST FILM TRANSFERS ARE TAKEN FROM THE BEST 35MM PRINT THAT CAN BE FOUND IN THE STUDIO"S VAULTS) FILMS LIKE "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE", "SEVEN HILLS OF ROME", AND "FOR THE FIRST TIME" FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY. THE LAST TWO FILMS DO SHOW BETTER QUALITY THAN EXPECTED BUT THEY BOTH SUFFER A BIT FROM LOTS OF LITTLE WHITE SPECS THAT COME AND GO. THIS IS DIRT IN THE NEGATIVE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER CLEANED.
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd August, 2022 00:43
 
UNFORTUNATELY I LOST SOME OF THE PHOTOS SO I IMUST JUMP TO HERE WHERE MARIO IS REHEARSING WITH THE MAESTRO AND GRAYSON IS ALSO. THERE IS A NICE MONTAGE OF THE TWO SINGING THEIR ARIAS SEPARATELY.LET ME SAY HERE THAT KATHRYN GETS MORE SCREEN TIME IN TONO BY FAR WHEN COMPARED TO "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS". ANTHONY MANN IN "SERENADE" GAVE SARITA MONTIEL EXTRA SCREEN TIME SINCE THEY BECAME LOVERS IN REAL LIFE. NOT SO IN TONO! THE PLOT BEFORE THIS PHOTO HAS MARIO LEARNING HOW TO EAT WITH THE PROPER UTENSILS. HE SINGS "I'LL NEVER LOVE YOU", A FAIRLY NICE SONG DONE AT THE DOOR HE BELIEVES KATHRYN IS STANDING BEHIND. LANZA ACTS THE PART OF PECK'S BAD BOY AT THE CIRCUS AS HE TOYS WITH THE MAN CHOSEN TO TEACH LANZA THE "SOCIAL GRACES". MARIO ASKS WHY USE ONE FORK OR ANOTHER AND THE TEACHER IS RUFFLED BADLY. HE TELLS MARIO THAT "AS I'VE TOLD YOU MANY TIMES, YOU ARE NOT DRESSED YOU ARE COVERED". BIG LAUGH. KATHRYN OUTSMARTS MARIO BY NOT COMING THROUGH THE DOOR MARIO BELIEVED HER TO BE AT BUT COMES FROM ANOTHER ENTRANCE. SO MARIO SITS DOWN AND STARTS EATING DESSERT WITH THE WRONG FORK. I BELIEVE KATHRYN ASKS WHY HE IS USING THE WRONG FORK AND MARIO TELLS HER "BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I AM EATING FIRST". HA, HA.
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd August, 2022 00:29
 
WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE DUET. UNCLE NICKY IS VERY UPSET AS THEIR BOAT CRASHES INTO THE DOCK AND THEY END UP ON THE WRONG SIDE. NAISH IS SO UPSET THAT HE WANTS TO HIT MARIO BUT MARIO TELLS HIM HE LOVES HIM TO PUT HIM IN HIS PLACE. THEY GO TO SEA AND A BAD STORM APPROACHES. THE STOCK FOOTAGE OF LIGHTNING IS ADEQUATE. MARIO TRIES HIS BEST TO KEEP THE BOAT AFLOAT BUT THE MAST CRACKS IN HALF AND HE IS THROWN INTO THE SEA. SEQUE TO A LONELY SHOT OF THE TWO MEN WALKING TO THS SHORE ARM IN ARM WITH NO ONE ELSE NEAR THEM. SEQUE AGAIN TO MARIO TAKING UP NIVEN'S PREVIOUS OFFER TO GO TO NEW ORLEANS TO SING IN THE OPERA BECAUSE THEY SIMPLY NEED MONEY FOR A NEW BOAT. THEY WALK BACKSTAGE AND FROM THE WINGS MARIO SEES KATHRYN WITH A BLONDE WIG. HE IS AMAZED AT HOW HER HAIR COLOR HAS CHANGED. NIVEN QUIETS THEM DOWN AND PUTS THEM IN A FRONT ROW SEAT. SO WE HAVE NIVEN, THEN MARIO, THEN UNCLE NICKY. SOON THERE COMES MY FAVORITE LINE IN THE WHOLE MOVIE. UNCLE NICKY IS TO TONO AS VINCENT PRICE IS THE "SERENADE". THEY ARE BOTH SCENE STEALERS. MARIO SEES KATHRYN SINGING WITH A VERY ROTUND TENOR. MARIO LEANS OVER AND ASKS WHAT THEY ARE SAYING/SINGING. NIVEN TELLS THEM THAT THE TENOR IS SINGING TO GRAYSON TELLING HER THAT IF SHE DOESN'T LOVE HIM HE WILL CUT HIS THROAT. READY? UNCLE NICKY SAYS "HE SHOULD". THE LINE GETS ME EVERY TIME I HEAR IT. YOU CAN'T HELP BUT LAUGH. THE NEXT MORNING NIVEN ARRANGES TO HAVE MARIO SING FOR THE MAESTRO. HE STARTS DOING SCALES IN THE LOWEST REGISTER MARIO HAS. HE PROCLAIMS HIM A BARITONE, BUT NIVEN CORRECTS HIM SAYING "TENOR MAESTRO". THEN COMES ONE OF THE VERY FEW TIMES IN LANZA FILMS THAT THE SINGING IS LIVE (NOT DUBBED IN). HE SOARS TOWARD A TOP NOTE AND THEN GOES UP EVEN HIGHER WHILE THE CHANDELIER SHAKES. UNCLE NICKY SINGS A HIGH NOTE (AWFUL!) AND SIMPLY WALKS AWAY. THIS SHOT SHOWS THE MAESTRO AT WORK WITH MARIO GIVING HIM INSTRUCTION. HE TELLS NIVEN THAT MARIO IS AN AMAZINGLY QUICK STUDY.
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd August, 2022 00:09
 
THE MAYOR HAS INVITED KATHRYN TO SING. HE IS A COMIC FIGURE SINCE HIS HAT KEEPS FALLING OFF EVERY TIME HE STARTS INTO HIS SPEECH "I AM THE ONLY ONE OF ALL OF YOU WHO HAS HEARD MADAME AT THE OPERA". THE CROWD CHIDES HIM TO SHUT UP AND HE DOES. HE BEGS KATHRYN TO SING AND SHE LOOKS NEGATIVE BUT NIVEN SAYS SHE WILL. SHE GOES INTO A NICE OPERATIC ARIA. MARIO IS STILL INTENTLY WATCHING HER. YOU CAN FEEL HIS SEXUAL APPETITE INCREASING! NOTE THAT THE COLORS ARE RICH AND VIBRANT. THAT IS DUE TO MY NEWER 8 POUND PROJECTOR THAT COSTS ONLY 1,200.00, VERY CHEAP AS VIDEO PROJECTORS GO. MY OTHER PROJECTOR IS 25 POUNDS AND COSTS 3,500.OO. THE MAYOR ANNOUNCES "BE MY LOVE" AND KATHRYN DRESSED IN A STUNNING YELLOW AND WHITE OUTFIT WITH A LARGE SHAPELY HAT STARTS TO SING THE ARIA. AFTER A FEW LINES, MARIO BOLDLY WALKS OVER TO THE STAGE AND INSERTS HIMSELF INTO THE ARIA. AT FIRST GRAYSON LOOKS ANGRY BUT THEN AS SHE HEARS MARIO'S GOLDEN NOTES, SHE NODS TO NIVEN, GIVING A LOOK OF "HMMM, HE IS GOOD". MARIO OUTDOES HER ON SOME NOTES WHILE SHE FINISHES WITH THE TOP NOTE AND MARIO'S NOTE IS IN HARMONY.
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SSAMUELIAN
2nd August, 2022 23:55
 
HERE IS MARIO STANDING AMONG THE CROWD OF PEOPLE AS KATHRYN GRAYSON AND DAVID NIVEN APPROACH IN THEIR CAR. UNCLE NICKY SAYS KNOWS ABOUT CARS, ESPECIALLY THE FOG HORN THAT HE BLOWS. MARIO TELLS HIM "I'VE HEARD"ACTING LIKE HE KNOWS ABOUT SUCH VEHICLES.
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2nd August, 2022 23:45
 
I AM BACK AGAIN FOLKS. NOW I AM STARTING THE "TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS" PROJECT I ALLUDED TO. THIS FILM IS THE ONLY LANZA FILM WHERE MARIO SINGS ABOVE THE CREDITS. I BELIEVE SOME OLD VHS TAPES OF "SERENADE" HAD HIM SINGING ABOVE THE CREDITS AS WELL. THE SHOT OF MARIO IS AFTER THE LOGO, AFTER THE CREDITS, AND AFTER THE NARRATOR FINISHES HIS LITTLE TALK ABOUT THE BAYOO.
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SSAMUELIAN
2nd August, 2022 19:40
I REALIZED I FORGOT TO TELL YOU GUYS TO CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE IT MUCH LARGER AND WITH MORE CLARITY!
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SSAMUELKIAN
2nd August, 2022 19:12
 
SORRY FOR THESE TESTS FOLKS, BUT IT WILL BE WORTH THE TRIALS WHEN YOU SEE WHAT I HAVE IN STORE FOR ALL OF YOU REGARDING SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT "THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS". THE PHOTO HERE FITS IN WITH MARIO SINCE HE (AND CARUSO) RECORDED FOR RCA VICTOR. THIS IS A PHOTO OF A FIFTIES SIGN THAT I JUST RESTORED. THE SIGN WAS SITTING AROUND THE HOUSE FOR YEARS SINCE NEITHER OF MY TWO ELECTRONICS CHAPS WANTED TO TOUCH IT SINCE THE WIRES WERE EVERYWHERE INSIDE AND THERE WAS NO WIRING DIAGRAM. I HAD A BRAINSTORM AND CUT OUT ALL THE WIRES, THE BURNT OUT (AND SMELLY) BALLAST. DROVE TO HOME DEPOT AND BOUGHT A 7 INCH 40 WATT TUBULAR BULB THAT IS SOMEWHAT LIKE A BIG FAT CIGAR AND BOUGHT A SOCKET TO MATCH. ADDED A NEW ON-OFF SWITCH AND VOILA---MY BEAUTIFUL LAMP WORKS LIKE A CHARM. THIS IS A VALUABLE PIECE (ESTIMATED TO BE WORTH 800.00) SO I WILL ENJOY IT AND CARE FOR IT NOW.
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2nd August, 2022 16:42
 
ANOTHER TEST
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2nd August, 2022 16:31
 
TESTING TINALINA
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Bill Ronayne
1st August, 2022 19:51
The Electrifying Mario Lanza CD is available from the Lanza Museum for $12 +$5 shipping. USA orders only. If you scroll down aways, you will see my post with ordering information. Best always, Bill
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SSAMUELIAN
1st August, 2022 18:05
HELLO FOLKS. IF YOU ARE LIKE ME YOU CAN'T WAIT TO HOLD IN YOUR HANDS THE LATEST MARIO LANZA CD THAT IS THE ELEVENTH FROM THE SEPIA RECORDS GROUP IN ENGLAND.

I WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE MY REVIEW TO OUR FRIENDS WHO WORKED LONG AND HARD TO BRING THIS CD TO FRUITION. THEY INCLUDE DEREK MCGOVERN, ARMANDO CESARI, VINCE DI PLACIDO, AND BILL RONAYNE. I HOPE I HAVEN'T LEFT ANYONE ELSE OUT.

THE DISC IS ENTITLED: "THE ELECTRIFYING MARIO LANZA: RARITIES AND RESTORED RECORDINGS. I HAVE NOW LISTENED TO THE DISC TWICE AND AM VERY, VERY HAPPY WITH IT. THE BEST PERSON TO ORDER IT FROM IS BILL RONAYNE, WHO HAS COPIES IN HIS HOME THAT CAN BE MAILED IMMEDIATELY AFTER HE RECEIVES PAYMENT. IT COSTS 17.00 PLUS 5.00 SHIPPING FOR A TOTAL OF 22.00. CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO THE "MARIO LANZA INSTITUTE". IF PAYING BY PAYPAL YOU ARE SAVING TIME IT WOULD TAKE FOR YOUR CHECK TO ARRIVE. THERE ARE THREE OTHER WAYS TO PROCEED BUT I PREFER GOING WITH THE LANZA MUSEUM AS THEY NEED ALL THE CONTRIBUTIONS PEOPLE MAKE. THE SECOND OTHER METHOD IS AMAZON.COM. THEIR PRICE IS CHEAPEST AT ONLY 10.00 IF YOU HAVE PRIME THERE IS NO SHIPPING FEE. I ASSUME REULAR SHIPPING WOULD BE ABOUT 4.00 AND THEY WILL NOT SHIP UNTIL THE OFFICIAL DATE OF SEPTEMBER 5TH. FINALLY, YOU CAN ORDER IT DIRECT FROM SEPIA RECORDS BUT THE SHIPPING IS VERY SLOW AND THEIR COST IS ABOUT 12.00 AND A FEW DOLLARS FOR SHIPPING.

I WANT TO SAY ONE THING FIRST AND THAT IS THAT THE LOOK OF THE CD IS WONDERFUL. MARIO'S IMAGE IS ONE SHOWING HIS HAPPINESS. INSIDE THE CASE THERE ARE MORE PHOTOS AND THE BOOKLET HAS PHOTOS TOO. IT ALSO HAS A HISTORY OF LANZA AS WELL AS THE TRACK LISTING AND EVALUATIONS WRITTEN BY DEREK MCGOVERN. HIS EVALUATIONS ARE HELPFUL AND ELUCIDATING. HE WRITES ABOUT MARIO JUST ABOUT BETTER THAN ANONE ELSE.

NOW ONTO MY REVIEW. I LISTENED TO THE CD TWICE ALREADY AND HAVE A GOOD FEEL FOR IT. A QUICK SUMMARY IS THAT IT IS EXCELLENT FROM START TO FINISH AND IS TOTALLY ENTERTAINING.

1-"YOURS IS MY HEART ALONE": THIS IS AN INTERESTING CHOICE TO START OUR ADVENTURE DELVING INTO THIS CD. IT IS NOT A NEW SONG AND HAS APPEARED ON OTHER CDS AND LPS. IT IS HAPPILY "COMFORTABLE" AS A RESULT AND YOU REALIZE RIGHT OFF THE BAT THAT THE SOUND HERE IS BETTER THAN ON ANY OTHER MEDIUM AND THE AWARD FOR THIS GOES TO THE ENGINEERS OF SEPIA RECORDS WHO ALWAYS DO A REMARKABLE JOB MAKING MARIO'S SINGING THE BEST IT CAN BE. THE SONG IS A HIGH ENERGY ONE WHICH MARIO SINGS VERY WELL.

2-"A PRETTY GIRL IS LIKE A MELODY":THIS TRACK JUMPS BACK 10 YEARS FROM THE PREVIOUS ONE PUTTING IT IN 1946. THE RECORDING SHOWS ITS AGE BUT THE PERFORMANCE IS PRIME EARLY LANZA.

3-"BECAUSE": BETWEEN THIS VERSION AND THE ONE HEARD ON "THE GREAT CARUSO", I FIND THIS ONE THE MORE APPEALING AS THE TENOR BRINGS MORE GUSTO TO IT. OF COURSE THERE IS NOTHING AT ALL WRONG WITH THE MOVIE VERSION THAT GIVES THE AUDIENCE A GLIMPSE INTO HOW ENRICO CARUSO REALLY RECORDED AND THE EQUIPMENT INVOLVED. I WONDER IF THERE IS A THIRD VERSION OUT THERE?

4-"ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE": THIS IS SIMPLY A MARIO LANZA MASTERPIECE. WE HEAR OUR TENOR SING THIS SONG AS NO ONE ELSE EVER DID. HE USES HIS "SOFT PEDAL" THROUGHOUT MAKING THIS A MOST DELICATE SONG TO HEAR. IT ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE MGM CD THAT HAD A BRIEF RUN BEFORE LEGALLY SHUTTING DOWN. AND THAT ALSO MEANS WE WILL LIKELY NEVER SEE A PART TWO WHILE THE STUDIO SITS ON WHO KNOWS HOW MANY OTHER NEVER RELEASED PIECES. OUT OF ALL THE RECORDINGS QUALITY WISE THIS IS THE ONLY ONE THAT IS A TINY BIT LESSER THAN THE REST SINCE IT STRANGELY HAS A SMALL BIT OF HISS. THIS OF COURSE MEANS PRACTICALLY NOTHING AS THE SHEER GREATNESS OFF IT TRUMPS ALL. NOTE THAT IT WAS CUT FROM THE MGM FILM "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE". THE RECORDING EARNED MARIO HIS THIRD GOLD RECORD. HE WON THREE GOLD RECORDS IN ALL, A FEAT THAT CAN BE ADMIRED SINCE CLASSICAL ARTISTS RARELY HAVE THAT HONOR.

5-"LEE-AH-LOO": THIS STRANGE TITLE BRINGS US A NICE AND EASY APPROACH FROM MARIO RIGHT INTO OUR LAPS. THIS RECORDING IS BETTER SOUNDING THAN THE FILM SOUNDTRACK. THIS COMES IN THE SCENE WHERE SERGEANT BATTERSON (PLAYED BY THE GREAT ACTOR JAMES WHITMORE) CATCHES A GLIMPSE OF HIS SUPERIOR OFFICER AND PRETENDS HE IS ENGROSSED BY HIS DATE PATTY. DON PORTER APPROACHES HIM AND WHITMORE TELLS HIM TO GO AWAY UNTIL THE CAPTAIN RUSTLES HIM TO ATTENTION. WHITMORE APPEARS TO BE TOTALLY UNAWARE THAT HIS BUDDY MARIO IS SINGING AND RUNS OVER TO HIM AND BERATES HIM ONLY BECAUSE PORTER IS WATCHING. HE MAKES A FACE THAT IS PRICELESS WHILE POINTING TO THE CAPTAIN AND THEN TELLS LANZA HE WILL BE CHASTISED LATER. THE SONG ITSELF IS A DELIGHT AND INCLUDES ONE OF THE RATHER FEW TIMES WE SEE THE TENOR DANCE ON SCREEN.

6-"WHERE OR WHEN": THIS GREAT SONG WAS COMPOSED BY FAMED RICHARD ROGERS AND LORENZ HART. I USED TO SING THIS SONG WHEN MY WIFE AND I ENTERTAINED AT SENIOR CENTERS AND IT ALWAYS RECEIVED GENEROUS APPLAUSE. THE SAME APPLAUSE BELONGS TO MARIO. IT BUILDS TO A VERY FINE ENDING.

7-"LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING": THIS IN GENERAL IS A SONG THAT DESERVES MORE PLAY THAN IT GETS. I HAVE NOT HEARD IT SUNG BY PRACTICALLY ANY OTHER VOCALIST. THE TITLE IS WELL DESERVED AND LEAVES THE LISTENER WITH A WARM FEELING. I STOP HERE TO POINT OUT HOW FORTUNATE I HAVE BEEN TO HAVE HEARD SO MANY GREAT SONGS INTRODUCED TO ME BY MARIO LANZA. MY WIFE WILL TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES A SONG BY ANOTHER VOCALIST WILL BE PLAYED ON THE RADIO OR VIA A RECORD AND YOURS TRULY STARTS SINGING THE WORDS!

8-"MY BUDDY": LONG A FAVORITE OF MINE, THIS SONG COULD COME OFF AS CLOYING IN HE HANDS OF OTHER ENTERTAINERS. WITH MARIO IT IS SIMPLY EMOTIONALLY APPEALING AND BEAUTIFULLY SUNG. I USED THIS SONG ONCE WHEN ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS WAS SERVING TIME IN GERMANY FOR THE ARMY. HE LOVED MY CHOICE OF MUSIC TO LISTEN TO AS WE TALKED BACK AND FORTH BY WAY OF A 3 INCH REEL TO REEL TAPE SENT VIA POST OFFICE.

9-"FOOLS RUSH IN": HERE IS A SONG WITH PRACTICALLY NO ORCHESTRAL START. MARIO SINGS WITH PASSION BUT QUIETLY AND JUST IN CASE YOU ARE LULLED INTO SLEEP, THE LANZA VOICE WILL WAKE YOU UP WITH AN ENDING SUPREME.

10-"YOU ARE MY LOVE": ACCORDING TO CONSTANTINE CALLINICOS IN HIS FINE BIOGRAPHY (THE FIRST EVER) OF MARIO, COSTA NOTES THAT HE COMPOSED THE PIECE AND ASKED LANZA QUITE A FEW TIMES TO RECORD IT BEFORE THE TENOR GAVE IN AND PRODUCED IT. THIS IS OUR PLEASURE AS IT IS A NICE TUNE AND IS SUNG IN A HEARTFELT MANNER. IT DOES NOT APPEAR ON VERY MANY LANZA CDS.

11-"CALL ME FOOL": THE KEY CHOSEN FOR THIS SONG PUTS IT IN A HIGH TESSITURA. THAT NEVER STOPPED MARIO (JUST AS HE SANG THE ALTERNATE "SERENADE" IN HIS MOVIE BY THAT TITLE).TO ME THIS IS A MINOR SONG. I FIND SOME OFTHE WORDS STRANGE AS THE SINGER IS ASKED TO SAY PHRASES LIKE "BUT FOOLS ARE HAPPY WITH HALF" AND SO ON. I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO SAY ABOUT THE WORK.

12-"COME DANCE WITH ME": MY FAVORITE TRACK ON THIS CD. DEREK M. TELLS US THAT IT WAS MARIO'S VERY LAST RECORDING IN AMERICA BEFORE HE HEADED TO THE SUNNY SHORES OF ITALY. I WONDERED WHY THE PRODUCERS OF HIS 1957 MOVIE "THE SEVEN HILLS OR ROME" HAD MARIO RECORD THE SONG AGAIN AND NOW I THINK I KNOW WHY. THE AMERICAN RECORDING IS ROBUST AND INTENSE. IN THE MOVIE THE SONG IS SET IN A COZY ATMOSPHERE THAT PUTS MARIO IN THE CENTER OF GIRLS WHO LOOK VERY HAPPY. LISTENING TO HIM. HE DANCES WITH ONE CHOSEN WHILE HIS CO-STAR IS NOTICEABLY FEELING LEFT OUT. SHE WANTED TO BE THE ONE MARIO CHOSE TO DANCE WITH. ALSO HE SINGS THE SECOND CHOICE VERSION SWEETLY AND THAT IS APPROPRIATE IN THE SETTING.

13-"ONLY A ROSE": THIS IS THE 1959 VERSION. WHEN I SAW IT IN THE PROGRAM I WINCED A BIT BECAUSE MANY OF MARIO'S RECORDINGS WITHIN THAT YEAR ARE OFTEN BOTH POORLY RECORDED AND FIND LANZA LACKING ENERGY. TO MY DELIGHT IT SOUNDS VERY GOOD. MAYBE I SHOULD GO PLAY MORE FROM THE ORIGINAL ALBUM. BUT THEN AGAIN THEY WOULD NOT HAVE THE SEPIA RECORDS TREATMENT. WHEN SPEAKING TO DEREK, I ASKED HIM TO NAME SOME OF THE BEST AND MOST GLORIOUS B FLATS MARIO HAS EVER SUNG. THIS IS ONE. EVEN BETTER IS THE B FLAT IN THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE". AND FINALLY, AND GREATEST OF ALL, MY TAKE-IT-TO-A-DESERT-ISLAND B FLAT IS THE "ONLY A ROSE" ON THE "CAVALCADE OF SHOW TUNES" LP OR CD. CHILLS EVERY TIME!

14-"MATTINATA": IN "THE GREAT CARUSO" THIS ARIA WAS SUNG OUTDOORS AND A CAPELLA. AND IT ISN'T BAD. BUT WITH A FULL ORCHESTRA BEHIND HIM MARIO SHINES. A CLASSIC ITALIAN NEAPOLITAN SONG.

15-"MARECHIARE": IN THIS VERSION OF THE SONG MARIO IS SPEEDY. I AM NOT SURE WHAT THE IDEAL SPEED WOULD BE. BUT NO MATTER WHAT THE SPEED, I AM HAPPY TO HAVE THIS NEAPOLITAN SONG TO ENJOY. THE SINGING IS EXCELLENT.

16-"SENZA NISCIUNO": THIS COMES FROM THE "CARUSO FAVORITES" ALBUM THAT MANY FEEL IS NOT ONE OF MARIO'S BETTER ALBUMS. THAT BEING SAID, LISTEN TO HOW GOOD IT SOUNDS HERE AND YOU WILL WANDER IF OTHER SONGS FROM THE ALBUM WOULD BE AS APPEALING IF GIVEN THE SEPIA TREATMENT!. VERY WELL SUNG AND IT VIES WITH ENRICO CARUSO'S THRILLING RECORDING OF IT.

17-"DIO TI GIOCANDI": YOU'D BE HARD PRESSED TO FIND MORE DUETS WITH LICIA ALBANESE. SHE LOVED MARIO FROM THE TIME THEY FIRST MET UNTIL WELL AFTER HIS DEATH. AT ONE OF THE LANZA BALLS SHE SANG AN ARIA FULL VOICE, PROVING TO PEOPLE SHE STILL HAD "IT". THIS IS A VERY LONG ARIA AND A WORK THAT SHOULD BE PRIZED. BOTH ARE IN VERY FINE VOICE AND DO NOT HOLD ANYTHING BACK. IF YOU LISTEN CLOSELY YOU WILL HEAR MADAME ALBANESE BREATHING HARD AND HEAVY. THIS OF COURSE ADDS TO THE DRAMA. PERHAPS WE CAN LIKEN THE PERFORMANCE TO THE CARUSO-RUFFO "SI PEL CIEL WHERE THE TENOR AND THE BARITONE SEEM TO BE TRYING TO OUTDO THE OTHER. MORE THAN ANY OTHER TRACK ON THIS CD, IT EARNS THE TITLE "ELECTRIFYING"!!

18-"DIO MI POTEVI": THIS IS MARIO SUPREME WHETHER IN AN ARIA OR A SONG. AS AN ARIA OF NOTE (MOST FEEL IT IS LANZA AT HIS VERY BEST) I HAVE AND WLL BE LISTENING TO THIS ARIA OFTEN. IT CERTAINLY IS A LANZA CLASSIC. BY THE WAY, IN THE MOVIE THIS ARIA APPEARS IN ("SERENADE") THE DIRECTOR HAD MARIO SINGING IN A TYPICAL POSE BUT LATER
ON HE SHOOTS LANZA FROM BELOW, MAKING MARIO APPEAR ALL THE MORE MENACING AND PASSIONATE. THAT SURE SUITS THE MEANING OF THE PIECE. (SPECIAL NOTE TO DEREK: I TOLD HIM UPON MY FIRST HEARING THAT THE FINAL GORGEOUS NOTE WAS SOMEWHAT MUTED. I WAS PROVEN WRONG WHEN I LISTENED TO IT A SECOND TIME.)

THE BONUS TRACKS WE HAVE COME TO EXPECT IN SEPIA RECORDS STARTS HERE WITH--

19-"LA FLEUR QUE TU M'AVAIS JETEE": IN GENERAL I AM NOT A FAN OF ARIAS SUNG IN FRENCH BECAUSE THEY DON'T SOUND AS PRETTY AS THEY WOULD IN ITALIAN. HERE I DON'T MIND AS MARIO'S RENDITION IS VERY FINE AND THE ENDING IS MOVING.

20-"TESTA ADORATA": I REMEMBER GOING TO SAM GOODY, A PHILADELPHIA ONCE GREAT RECORD STORE, AND PURCHASING THE ALBUM CALLED "HIS FAVORITE ARIAS". THAT LP IS WHERE THE PIECE WAS FIRST RELEASED AMONG THE BACKLOG OF SONGS RCA HAD IN THEIR VAULTS WAITING FOR THE RIGHT TIME TO PRESS THE LP. THE ARIA HOLD UP VERY WELL AS WE HEAR MARIO SING "AS IF IT WERE THE VERY LAST NOTE ON EARTH", IN THIS CASE MEANING "ELECTRIFYING" ONCE MORE.

22-"SERENADE": FROM THE "THE STUDENT PRINCE" OF THE 1959 RECORDING (MARIO SANG THIS IN THE EARLY FIFTES ALBUM OF THE SAME WORK), HE IS HEARD WITHOUT THE CHORUS SO YOU GET PURE LANZA. THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE 1953 MOVIE INCLUDES IT. CRITICS HAVE LONG FELT THAT MARIO'S SINGING IN THE FILM IS SINGING SUPREME. I AM GOING TO STEP OUT ON A LIMB AND SAY SOME OF HIS SONGS SOUND TO ME LIKE "LANZA LITE". NOT ALL, BUT SOME. THE GREAT ONES ARE EASY TO PICK OUT AND MY FAVORITE IS ONE NOT WRITTEN BY COMPOSER SIGMUND ROMBERG. THAT IS "BELOVED". ADD TO THAT ANOTHER NON ROMBERG "I'LL WALK WITH GOD". THEY ARE BOTH EXCELLENT AND FEATURE RICH SINGING. ONE SONG WRITTEN BY ROMBERG DISAPPOINTS. THAT IS "DRINK, DRINK, DRINK". THIS SHOULD BE "MEATY" AND RICH BUT ALAS IT IS NOT. EVEN THE TWO HIGH NOTES ARE LESSER. OKAY, I HAVE SAID IT, AND NOW I AWAIT CRITICISM.

23-"SILENT NIGHT": A CHRISTMAS SONG ON AN ALBUM NOT CHRISTMAS ORIENTED AT ALL? THIS IS AN ODD CHOICE. PERSONALLY, I LOVE TO HEAR CHRISTMAS CAROLS ANY TIME OF YEAR. FRANK SINATRA OWNS THE MANY CAROLS ON HIS EARLY RELEASE OF THEM. IT IS IN MY CAR'S CD SYSTEM AND I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING THEM. I HAVE FELT THAT MARIO IS NOT SHOWCASED WHEN DOING CAROLS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE FANTASTIC PIECE. THAT IS "THE LORD'S PRAYER". WOW, WHAT SINGING. OKAY, I KNOW THAT THERE IS ALSO AN EXCELLENT "LORD'S PRAYER" IN "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE" BUT THAT ONE IS SUNG MORE SOFTLY AND I THINK APPROPRIATE SINCE MARIO IS IN CHURCH SINGING IT.

24- "CIELO E MAR": ALAS WE HAVE COME TO THE END. CAN I YELL "MORE, MORE"? IT IS A UNIQUE WAY TO END THE CD AS THERE IS A SHORT PIECE OF LANZA SPEAKING AND THEN THE ARIA STARTS NEAR THE LAST THIRD. BUT IN ADDITION TO THE INSPIRING SINGING WE HAVE ANOTHER GREAT HIGH NOTE AS MARIO AND YOURS TRULY SAY GOOD BYE!
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Bill Ronayne
30th July, 2022 08:34
Sam: Click on choose file and you should be able to upload a photo. Best, Bill
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SSAMUELIAN
29th July, 2022 00:20
I HAVE SOME INTERESTING THINGS TO SAY ABOUT "TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS" BUT NEED TO HAVE PHOTOS I TOOK TO SUPPORT MY TEXT. WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO UPLOAD PHOTOS TAKEN FROM MY IPHONE AND THEN TRANSFERRED VIA EMAIL TO MY COMPUTER. I WILL WAIT AND SEE!
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SSAMUELIAN
27th July, 2022 14:39
I HOPE YOU ALL ORDER THE NEW SEPIA CD FROM BILL RONAYNE AT THE LANZA MUSEUM. IT IS 12.00 PLUS 5.00 SHIPPING. I CAN'T WAIT SINCE THERE ARE MANY NEW RECORDINGS AND MANY RESTORED ONES THAT SOUND MUCH BETTER THAN WE ARE USED TO. IF YOU WANT TO SEE DEREK MCGOVERN'S FULL INFORMATION ABOUT IT GO HERE:
https://www.mariolanzatenor.com/news THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO BUY ONE 1-FOR SPEED AND SUPPORTING THE LANZA MUSEUM 17.00 SHIPPED 2-DIRECT FROM SEPIA RECORDS FIGURE ABOUT 11.00 AND A FEW BUCKS SHIPPING BUT IT TAKES AWHILE FROM ENGLAND 3-EBAY--HIGHEST PRICES BUT SPEED DELIVERY. VARIES FROM 16.-- TO 28.OO 4-AMAZON: PROBABLY THE BEST AT 10.00 AND NO SHIPPING IF YOU HAVE PRIME. THEY WILL NOT SHIP UNTIL SEPTEMBER 5TH BUT YOU CAN PRE-ORDER.
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SSAMUELIAN
27th July, 2022 14:32
HELLO MY DEAR MARIO LANZA FANS/FRIENDS. I HAVE SOME VERY GOOD NEWS. FIRST LET ME TELL YOU THAT I HAVE STRUGGLED WITH YET ANOTHER BOUT OF DEPRESSION AND WAS FEELING LIKE I WASN'T GOING TO COME OUT OF IT. BUT LIKE MAGIC I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I WANTED TO DO THINGS. THINGS I HAD LET GO LIKE TRYING TO LIST SALE ITEMS ON EBAY. AND MY HOBBIES LIKE SINGING ON SINGSNAP, PLAYING MY STEINWAY ROLL OPERATED PIANO, PLAYING MY TUBE BASED STEREO SYSTEM, AND WATCHING MOVIES (BOTH REGULAR AND 3D) IN OUR HOME THEATER WITH THE 8 BY 14 FT. SCREEN. I STARTED OUT WITH THE NEW 4K WIZARD OF OZ WHICH WAS STUNNING ON MY OVAL 1,200.00 PROJECTOR AS WELL AS THE GREAT CARUSO ON IT. THEN FOR 3D LIKE "HUGO" AND "DRIVE ANGRY" I SAW EXCERPTS. I EVEN SHOWED HOME MADE DVDS I MADE FROM VHS ORIGINAL TAPES.

WELL NOW, I HOPE TO READ YOUR POSTS AND YOU CAN BET I WILL BE POSTING TOO.

ARRIVEDERCI,
SAM
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SSAMUELIAN
26th July, 2022 20:50
HELLO MY DEAR MARIO LANZA FANS/FRIENDS. I HAVE SOME VERY GOOD NEWS. FIRST LET ME TELL YOU THAT I HAVE STRUGGLED WITH YET ANOTHER BOUT OF DEPRESSION AND WAS FEELING LIKE I WASN'T GOING TO COME OUT OF IT. BUT LIKE MAGIC I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I WANTED TO DO THINGS. THINGS I HAD LET GO LIKE TRYING TO LIST SALE ITEMS ON EBAY. AND MY HOBBIES LIKE SINGING ON SINGSNAP, PLAYING MY STEINWAY ROLL OPERATED PIANO, PLAYING MY TUBE BASED STEREO SYSTEM, AND WATCHING MOVIES (BOTH REGULAR AND 3D) IN OUR HOME THEATER WITH THE 8 BY 14 FT. SCREEN. I STARTED OUT WITH THE NEW 4K WIZARD OF OZ WHICH WAS STUNNING ON MY OVAL 1,200.00 PROJECTOR AS WELL AS THE GREAT CARUSO ON IT. THEN FOR 3D LIKE "HUGO" AND "DRIVE ANGRY" I SAW EXCERPTS. I EVEN SHOWED HOME MADE DVDS I MADE FROM VHS ORIGINAL TAPES.

WELL NOW, I HOPE TO READ YOUR POSTS AND YOU CAN BET I WILL BE POSTING TOO.

ARRIVEDERCI,
SAM
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Bill Ronayne
26th July, 2022 13:53
 
Our next event at the Mario Lanza Museum will be "Elvis Presley, The King, A Remembrance" on Saturday August 20th at 2pm. Admission is $20 per person and light refreshments will be served. This is a one-hour lecture/presentation with clips from Presley's films and TV Appearances and will commemorate the 45th anniversary of his passing. Seating is limited and street parking is available. Checks should be made out to Mario Lanza Institute and mailed to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147. For more information or to pay by credit card, call 215-238-9691. Please note that there's a $1 per person fee when paying by credit card. Best, Bill
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Bill Ronayne
22nd July, 2022 13:44
 
This is the back cover for the new CD
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Bill Ronayne
22nd July, 2022 13:43
 
This CD is now available for in person purchase at the Mario Lanza Museum (1214 Reed Street in Philadelphia) starting Saturday July 23rd at 1pm and yes, we are air-conditioned! You can also order it if you cannot come to the museum. USA orders only. The CD is $12 + $5 S & H. Checks should be made out to Mario Lanza Institute and mailed to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147. For credit card orders or when ordering more than 1 CD please call 215-238-9691. Please note that there is an additional $1 fee per CD when ordering by credit card.
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Mike from L.I.
20th July, 2022 11:53
While listening to the wonderful Cavalcade of show tunes, I wonder why they didn't re-record the Lanza on Broadway at that time. He was in far better voice and it contained a marvelous selection of show tunes.It was only a few months later.
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Mike from L.I.
19th July, 2022 11:06
HI Gary. My favorite non-tenor was John Gary. Not nearly as successful as Elvis, but a remarkable voice. Very unique.

On another note, taping alert. Toast of New Orleans on Turner Friday morning at 11:30 am.
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Gary from Halifax
18th July, 2022 16:23
Mario Lanza and Elvis Presley
Both these singers and actors have been favorites of mine for many years.
When I first heard Song Of India sung by Mario I was immediately transfixed by his wonderful voice. I was 10 or 12 years old and this song was being played on my Dad’s RCA Red Label. His voice, I recall crept into my heart. Both my parents played music in the house daily, and as a kid growing up in the fifties, I was no stranger too many of the singers of the time.
When I think back to the first time I heard Mario’s voice it is difficult for me to imagine that I would be a fan of his for the rest of my life. Coming home for lunch from school one day, I recall my Mom telling me Mario Lanza had died. I was truly saddened.
The first time I saw Mario was in his movie The Great Caruso. Seeing this handsome man, and hearing his voice it registered within myself, that I should be a singer and actor as I grew older. Well, it seems life had other plans for myself.
Years later Mario led me to other great operatic tenors whose voices bring me joy as I hear them and see them (youtube).

By the time I was a young teen, I heard Elvis Presley on the radio, and once again I heard a singer who immediately had an impact on me.
Not quite as strong an impact as Mario had been, but still I was drawn to this singer with a strange name (Elvis). Thus, was the time of rock and roll beginning with many new “rock” singers starting their careers. Elvis always remained at the top of my list and due to him I was led to a host of rock singers who also became favorites.
Both these wildly popular singers, and actors, died far too young. Both affected my life in a very positive sense.
Cheers…Gary
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Gary from Halifax
13th July, 2022 18:33
Hi Dennis.. thank you for your kind words. I am pleased to see this new Lanza forum and looking forward to posting as often as I can.

Cheers .. Gary
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Dennis
12th July, 2022 01:03
Hello Gary, good to hear from you. I always treasured your postings in the past and even had your personal email for awhile. I'll email Sam and see if he is aware of the new approach.
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Mike from L.I.
11th July, 2022 14:07
Hi Jim. Remember Mike and Bonnie from Farmingdale. We spoke at length several years ago on the phone. I believe you live in Connecticut.You had a radio show. Drop me a line when you can.
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Jim Thompson
9th July, 2022 14:49
Glad to see the forum is back! Hope new people will find Mario and his art.
Bill Ronanyne, your latest issue is superb... many thanks. I sincerely hope however that the forum will not be taken over as in the past by an individual or individuals writing about what they are doing. Good luck!
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Bill Ronayne
30th June, 2022 16:21
 
The July issue of "The Legacy of Mario Lanza" newsletter has just been published and mailed out. It features coverage of a Met Guild 2-part lecture devoted to Caruso & Lanza, a look at Lanza's various recordings of "Granada," a promotion for a soon be released new CD from Sepia, a variety of articles and photos devoted to our commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the release of "Because You're Mine" and so much more. For subscription inquiries, contact wjronayne@optonline.net.
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Bill Ronayne
28th June, 2022 09:37
The Mario Lanza Museum will have another luncheon on July 16th from 1pm-4pm which will include hoagies, wraps and more and a complete showing of "The Student Prince" with opening comments from me before the film is shown. Admission is $30 per person. Seating is limited and on a first come first paid basis. The museum is located at 1214 Reed Street in Philadelphia and street parking is available. For more information or to make a credit card payment, call 215-238-9691. Checks should be made out to Mario Lanza Institute and mailed to Mario Lanza Institute 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147. The museum is usually open on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm with the exception of holiday weekends such as the upcoming weekend. Special appointments can be made for those wishing to visit during the week, but 2 weeks' notice is required. Best, Bill
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Bill Ronayne
28th June, 2022 09:28
Thanks Mike. Glad to see more people posting here. Best, Bill
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Mike from L.I.
27th June, 2022 15:34
HI Folks:
Bill Ronayne hosted a Lanza celebration yesterday and it was wonderful. Hope people start talking all things Lanza again. I was 19 when he died, and hoping to keep his memory alive. Most of us who were original fans are getting very old.
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John in Indiana
25th June, 2022 19:31
I thought I'd say hello. It's been a while since I've been on the forum. I hope you all are well.
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theadmin
25th June, 2022 12:53
Hi Everybody. Now you just need to click on the "Post a new message" button without the need of login.
Now the forum is open.
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gary from halifax
25th June, 2022 11:53
Hi Mike .. thank you for posting. So, I take it his is the newest Lanza forum?

Does Martino post here. Cheers..Gary
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Mike from L.I.
24th June, 2022 16:32
Hi Gary!! I am alive and well. Don't know why it is such a problem logging on.. Talk to me//
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gary from halifax
24th June, 2022 12:25
test test
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gary from Halifax
24th June, 2022 12:18
test
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gary from halifax
22nd June, 2022 17:34
trying to find the new Lanza forum
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Ron Jensen
12th June, 2022 01:40
I thought the Mario Lanza Forum had closed and was wondering if it is back as a forum for fans of Mario Lanza and friends.
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Alfredo Arnoldo Cocozza
11th June, 2022 22:08
A concert at the Hollywood Bowl in August 1947 had brought Lanza to the attention of Louis B. Mayer, who promptly signed Lanza to a seven-year film contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The contract required him to commit to the studio for six months, and at first Lanza believed he would be able to combine his film career with his operatic and concert one. In May 1949, he made his first commercial recordings with RCA Victor. His rendition of the aria "Che gelida manina" (from La bohème) from that session was subsequently awarded the prize of Operatic Recording of the Year by the (United States) National Record Critics Association
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Alfredo Arnoldo Cocozza
11th June, 2022 21:29
 
Mario Lanza's life, sadly, has all the markings of an epic Shakespearean tragedy. The story is truly incredible: a wild, incendiary Philadelphia kid who can sing better than Enrico Caruso sets out to become the greatest dramatic opera singer who ever lived, is detoured by MGM honcho Louis B. Mayer and vixen Hollywood, is remade into a fiercely handsome box-office champ with a 50-inch chest, his own national radio show, 1951 TIME Magazine cover idol, and king of the pop record world. He was besieged on cross-country concert tours and appearances years before Elvis Presley and The Beatles, was a true "superstar" before the word was invented and the first singer to ever earn gold records, with million sellers in both classical and popular categories.
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MikefromLI
28th May, 2022 13:01
Looks like no one is here yet.Probably a matter of time until they shut it down..We have the ECHO that looks like a globe and I said Alexa play Mario Lanza and for the next two hours she played a wide variety of Mario recordings from all his various works..It was wonderful and so easy.. Hope to hear from some of you soon.
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MikefromLI
6th May, 2022 14:18
Hi Dennis. feel like we are watching an end of the world horror movie..Maybe some others are still alive. Actually, posting is pretty easy, once you get the hang of it. Getting ready for our annual trek back to New York (1260 miles) and the first thing I packed was my Mario 15 CD coke album (bought from Damon Lanza) Please post and maybe we can get a dialogue going. Maybe if we say something outrageous, we can prod others to respond. OK, I'll start. I thought "Lanza sings Caruso Favorites" was awful-lethargic among other things.. OK people, fight back!!!
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Dennis
4th May, 2022 03:52
Hello faithful Sam,

I had no idea that someone other than Martino had figured out this horribly difficult forum structure, so I stopped checking in more than two months ago. Good to see your posts. Hopefully this will post and we can add one more person to the forum. My initial registration was no longer functioning because password criteria has changed! Had to re-register.
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MikefromLI
17th April, 2022 13:51
Hi Sam. Happy Easter..See where no one is posting. Why couldn't they have just left well enough alone? I miss all the banter from familiar people..Will be leaving Florida and heading back to New York in another month.1260 miles of driving on our semi annual trek.Not thrilled about it but family obligations call.THINKING ABOUT THE STUDENT PRINCE FIASCO,TO ME THE GREATEST LOSS WAS POSSIBLY ANOTHER YEAR OF COKE SHOWS. Priceless!!
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd April, 2022 22:25
YOU FOLKS MIGHT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A PBS SHOW I WATCHED TONIGHT. IT FEATURES THREE THIRTY SOMETHING MEN WHO CALL THEMSELVES SIMPLY "THE TENORS". THEY DO POP TO BROADWAY TO OPERA AND THEY DO IT WELL. THEIR THREE PART HARMONY IS EXCELLENT AND MOVING. ONE OF THE MEN HAS A GORGEOUS BLONDE WIFE WHO SINGS A FOURTH PART FROM TIME TO TIME. THEY ALSO HAVE CHOREOGRAPHY THAT IS FETCHING. WHEN THEY ARE NOT SINGING TOGETHER, THEY BREAK OFF AND DO SOLOS. ONE SUCH EXAMPLE WAS "SOMEWHERE" FROM "WEST SIDE STORY". OF THE THREE, IN MY OPINION, THE FELLOW WITH THE DARK COMPLEXION AND JET BLACK HAIR HAS THE SUPERIOR VOICE. THEY DID A VERY FINE "BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS". AND ON THEIR LIST OF SONGS BUT NOT ON THE SHOW I SAW THERE SITS THE EVER POPULAR "NESSUN DORMA". THERE WERE THE USUAL AGGRAVATING PBS SALES BREAKS, MAKING A ONE HOUR SHOW RUN NINETY MINUTES. THEY ADVERTISE THEIR CD WITH A PLEGE OF 120.00, BUT YOU CAN GET IT ON AMAZON FOR 9.99! SO, REMEMBER THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL "THREE TENORS" (LIKE PAVAROTTI'S GROUP) BUT THESE ARE SIMPLY "THE TENORS". THIS SHOW WAS FOLLOWED BY A TRIBUTE TO BEATLE GEORGE HARRISON THAT WAS ALSO VERY NICE. THE MOST POPULAR SONG, AND ONE I NEVER KNEW HE COMPOSED, WAS "HERE COMES THE SUN".

I STILL LAMENT THE FACT THAT THIS SITE IS GOING NOWHERE. I WROTE A PLEA TO JEFF RENSE BUT NOTHING HAS HAPPENED.
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SSAMUELIAN
1st April, 2022 22:48
ROYAL ALBERT HALL AND MARIO LANZA. I HAVE BEEN TALKING TO SEVERAL MARIO LANZA FANS AND MOST FEEL THAT THE CLOSEST YOU WILL EVER HEAR MARIO SOUNDING LIKE HE REALLY DID WAS HIS PERFORMANCES AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL. I AGREE WITH THIS LINE OF THINKING. HE SOUNDS VERY PRESENT, HIS QUALITY IS EXCELLENT, AND EXCEPT FOR SOME MISTAKES AND THE TERRIBLE LAST NOTE OF "LA DONNA E MOBILE" AT THE VERY END OF THE SHOW, WE SHOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL RCA RELEASED IT EVEN THOUGH AT THE TIME LANZA DID NOT WANT IT TO BE RELEASED.

I SAW "FOR THE FIRST TIME" TONIGHT. IT WAS MY FIRST TIME SCREENING IT WITH MY NEWER SMALL COSMOS MAX 4K PROJECTOR. WOW, THE RICH COLORS ARE ASTOUNDING. ALSO, THE FILM HAS MUCH TO OFFER IN THE WAY OF MUSIC. EXCEPT FOR THE BAD HIGH NOTES HE SINGS IN THE RAIN AT THE BEGINNING, HE DOES A FABULOUS JOB IN HIS LAST MOVIE. ALL THE ARIAS AND SONGS ARE GREAT INCLUDING: VESTI LA GIUBBA (QUITE GOOD), O SOLE MIO (HIS BEST EVER RECORDING OF THE NEAPOLITAN CLASSIC), COME PRIMA, EXCERPT OF "I LOVE THEE", AVE MARIA (SCHUBERT), PINEAPPLE PICKERS FOR THE LAST GOLDEN NOTE, DEATH OF OTELLO, AND THE ROME OPERA HOUSE FINALE TO THE MOVIE. FOOTNOTE: ALSO CHARMING IS THE SCENE WHERE THE SINGERS ARE IN A SEMI CIRCLE WITH THE VIOLINS PLAYING, THE SCENE WHERE MARIO OFFERS CHRISTA SOME PASTA AND GIVES HER A SPOONFUL OF GRATED CHEESE ONLY TO DUMP THE ENTIRE CUP OF IT ONTO HIS MOUND OF SPAGHETTI, THE MOZART TRIO BECAUSE I DON'T THINK MARIO EVER DID ANY MOZART BEFORE OR AFTER, THE FUN SCENES OF MARIO AND ZSA ZSAS GABOR WHO PLAYS SECOND FIDDLE TO JOHANNA VON KOCIAN, AND LAST THE FEELING OF WARMTH THAT ENVELOPS US WHEN WE REALIZE JOHANNA WILL REGAIN HER HEARING PERMANENTLY AND WILL BE FREE TO MARRY "TONY COSTA". THE FILM MAKES EXCELLENT USE OF TECHNICOLOR AND CINEMASCOPE. RUDOLPH MATE DIRECTED AND HE HAD A GREAT EYE FOR SCENERY, THE WATER, THE MOUNTAINS, AND ALL THE ENTICING VISUALS.
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BillR
27th March, 2022 12:00
 
Hi:

The Mario Lanza Museum now has the new Sepia CD, "The Undiscovered Mario Lanza," in stock for in person purchase. The museum is located at 1214 Reed St Philadelphia, PA 19147 and is open most Saturdays from 1pm-4pm. It is also available via mail order or over the telephone for credit card orders. The CD is $12 plus $5 S & H USA orders only. Please make your check out to Mario Lanza Institute and mail to the address mentioned above. For credit card orders or when ordering more than one CD, please call 215-238-9691. This is a wonderful CD that every Lanza fan will want to own.

Best, Bill
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SSAMUELIAN
27th March, 2022 01:04
THE PAST TWO NIGHTS I HAVE RUN MARIO'S FIRST TWO MOVIES. FIRST I SAW "TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS" AND THEN "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS". I HAVE NOTHING BUT PRAISE FOR BOTH. TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS IS PURE LIGHTHEARTED ENTERTAINMENT AND IS CHOCK FULL OF OPERATIC ARIAS AS WELL AS PLENTY OF SONGS, EVEN IF SOME LIKE "BOOM BIDDY BOOM BOOM" ARE ON THE SILLY SIDE. TONO HAS THE ONLY DANCE PRODUCTION NUMBER FOUND IN A LANZA MOVIE. MARIO DOESN'T DANCE AS MUCH AS MOVE FROM SIDE TO SIDE AND STAY IN THE FRAME BETWEEN TINA AND HER FRIEND. THE "TINA LINA" AS IT IS CALLED FEATURES RITA MORENO IN HER FIRST IMPORTANT FILM ROLE. HE BIOGRAPHY HAD NICE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT MARIO WHILE ALSO STATING THE PROBLEMS HE HAD EVEN AS EARLY AS THIS PICTURE. TMK IS ALSO LIGHTHEARTED ENTERTAINMENT. MARIO IS AT HIS THINNEST IN THIS ONE AND HE LET THE STUDIO DIE HIS HAIR REDDISH BROWN AND SLICKED IT DOWN. LIKE TONO, THIS FEATURE HAS ARIAS AND SONGS. NOTE THAT THE NEW SEPIA CD "UNDISCOVERED MARIO LANZA" HAS PIECES FROM BOTH FILMS. A FEW THAT COME TO MIND FROM TMK ARE "I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW", "CELESTE AIDA", "THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE ME". A FEW FROM TONO ARE "BE MY LOVE", "M'APPARI", EXTENDED SEQUENCE FROM "MADAME BUTTERFLY". ONE QUIRKY THING ABOUT TMK THAT HAS ALWAYS BOTHERED ME IS THAT THEY SPEND THE ENTIRE MOVIE SINGING KNOWN ARIAS AND SONGS BUT AT THE END THE "OPERA" THEY PUT ON HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REAL OPERA OR SONGS. IT IS A NICELY MOUNTED PRODUCTION AND IS PLEASANT ENOUGH, BUT FRUSTRATING.

MORE PEOPLE HAVE THEIR NEW SEPIA CD BY NOW AND I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR OPINIONS FROM THE FORUM MEMBERS HERE.
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SSAMUELIAN
25th March, 2022 08:42
I HAD CHILLS RUNNING "THE GREAT CARUSO" LAST NIGHT ON MY EIGHT POUND VIDEO PROJECTOR. I GET AN 8 FOOT BY 14 FOOT PICTURE AND GREAT SOUND BY RUNNING IT THROUGH MY HUGE SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM. I AM GOING TO SHARE AN EMAIL I WROTE TO VINCE DI PLACIDO ABOUT THE THRILL OF HAVING A HOME THEATER AT A VERY AFFORDABLE PRICE. BEFORE THAT, HOWEVER, I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A SECOND ARIA EXTANT FROM MARIO'S 1948 TORONTO CONCERT. THE FIRST ONE IS "VESTI LA GIUBBA" WHICH APPEARS ON THE LATEST SEPIA CD "UNDISCOVERED MARIO LANZA". THE SECOND IS "LAMENTO DI FEDERICO" AND CAN BE FOUND ON THE EARLIER SEPIA CD "MARIO LANZA: GREATEST OPERATIC PERFORMANCES".

OKAY, WHAT I WROTE TO VINCE IS BELOW. I HOPE SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE MOVED TO GET YOURSELVES A HOME THEATER.

HI VINCE.

I WAS THINKING OF YOU WHILE I WATCHED THE BLU RAY "THE GREAT CARUSO" ON MY 8 FT BY 14FT HOME THEATER SCREEN WITH THE VOLUME TURNED UP TO CONCERT LEVEL.
I AM NOT SURE BUT HAVE A FEELING YOU DON'T ALREADY OWN A VIDEO PROJECTOR. SO, I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT MY PROJECTOR.
FIRST, I DO NOT WORK FOR THE COMPANY(LOL!) BUT JUST LIKE TO SHARE WHAT I SEE/HAVE WITH MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THIS PROJECTOR IS UNLIKE ANY PROJECTOR I HAVE EVER OWNED AND I HAVE OWNED QUITE A FEW SINCE 1990.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS: 1-IT IS ONLY 8 POUNDS, MAKING IT VERY PORTABLE TO CARRY FROM ROOM TO ROOM. 2-IT HAS PLENTY OF BRIGHTNESS SO A ROOM DOES NOT HAVE TO BE TOTALLY DARKENED BUT THE DARKER THE ROOM THE RICHER THE PICTURE. 3-IT HAS A MOST UNUSUAL SHAPE IN THAT IT IS OVAL. IT ALSO HAS A "SEXY" FEATURE ON TOP AS WHEN IT IS RUNNING THE BLACK AREA HAS WHAT LOOKS LIKE A GLOWING CONSTELLATION! 4-IT HAS ITS OWN BUILT IN SPEAKERS THAT PUT OUT AMPLE VOLUME WITH EXCELLENT CLARITY.AND THE SOUND HAS A 360 DEGREE DISPERSION. OR YOU CAN RUN IT THROUGH A SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM 5-IT NEVER NEEDS BULBS REPLACED SINCE IT IS ALL LED DRIVEN WITH LIFE APPROXIMATING 30,000 HOURS. 6-IT IS RAZOR SHARP BECAUSE IT IS TRUE 4K. THIS MAKES WATCHING BLU RAY DVDS A PLEASURE. IT ALSO UPSCALES STANDARD DVDS AND MAKES THEM LOOK BETTER THAN AVERAGE. 7-IT HAS BUILT IN APPS SO YOU CAN GET CHANNELS LIKE HBO MAX, YOUTUBE, AND MANY OTHERS. 8-THE REMOTE CONTROL IS VERY SMALL AND EASY TO HANDLE WITH NOT A LOT OF CONFUSING BUTTONS. 9-THE COLOR IT PROJECTS IS RICH LIKE THE OLD TECHNICOLOR MOVIE PRINTS. IT ESPECIALLY FAVORS DEEP REDS. 10-IT HAS AUTOMATIC FOCUS. JUST TURN IT ON, POINT IT AT YOUR SCREEN AND SEE IT FOCUS. AND 11-THE PRICE IS VERY AFFORDABLE AT 1,199.99 FOR A REFURBISHED UNIT FROM AMAZON. THEY ARE RUNNING THIS SPECIAL PRICE RIGHT NOW. SEE MORE HERE:

https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Theater-Entertainment-Projector-Smoothing/dp/B08NSM9TCJ/ref=sr_1_4?crid=1EZJU9WRIZDEV&keywords=NEBULA+COSMOS+MAX+4K+PROJECTOR&qid=1648180277&s=electronics&sprefix=nebula+cosmos+max+4k+projector%2Celectronics%2C79&sr=1-4

WELL, DO LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!

ALSO, I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR NEW TWO HOUR DISCUSSION OF LANZA MYTHS BUSTER!

LAST, I HAVE ENJOYED THE TORONTO CONCERT'S "LA DONNA E MOBILE" VERY MUCH AND WONDERED IF YOU KNOW HOW OR WHERE I CAN GET THE COMPLETE CONCERT.

MY BEST ALWAYS,
SAM
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SSAMUELIAN
23rd March, 2022 23:49
I'M STILL WAITING FOR THIS SITE TO RETURN TO A SOMEWHAT MORE NORMAL STATE. NO POSTERS TO SPEAK OF. I TREATED MYSELF TO A WONDERFUL FILM MADE IN 2010 WITH CHER AND CHRISTINA AGUILERA. THIS WAS HER FILM DEBUT AND SHE SINGS GREAT WITH HER VERSATILE AND EXPANSIVE VOICE AND SHE DOES VERY WELL IN THE ACTING DEPARTMENT. SHE HAS NEVER LOOKED LOVELIER. THE FILM HAS GREAT SONGS THROUGHOUT, MOST PERFORMED BY CHER AND AQUILERA. JULIANNE HOUGH IS EXCELLENT AS ONE OF THE DANCERS AND KRISTEN BELL IS VERY EFFECTIVE AS "THE BITCH" WHO DOESN'T COME AROUND TO BEING NICE UNTIL NEAR THE FILM'S END. THE SOUNDTRACK WILL BLOW YOU AWAY WITH ITS VERY HEAVY DRIVING BASS. DURING THE LAST PRODUCTION NUMBER CALLED SIMPLY "BURLESQUE" THE VERY SEXY GIRLS CHANT "GET IT UP, GET IT UP" WHILE THE FAST PACED EDITING IS MARVELOUS. AT ONE POINT THE DRUMS START AT ONE SIDE OF THE ROOM AND REVOLVE AROUND UNTIL COMING BACK TO THE BEGINNING.

I ALSO HAD THE PLEASURE OF SHOWING MY HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF PHOTOS THROUGH THE NEWER PROJECTOR. THE QUALITY WAS GREAT AND THE SUBJECTS VARIED FROM CAR SHOWS TO ANTIQUES MARKETS BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR TO FAMILY PHOTOS TO SINGING KARAOKE TO SINGING TO LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT.

Y'ALL TAKE CARE UNTIL NEXT TIME!
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SSAMUELIAN
22nd March, 2022 22:37
KARAOKE SEVEN NIGHTS A WEEK! I WENT TO A RESTAURANT I HAD GONE TO MANY TIMES IN THE PAST. THIS NIGHT WAS DIFFERENT SINCE THEY HAD KARAOKE. TUESDAY NIGHTS ARE GENERALLY SLOW IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS, BUT THE KARAOKE HOST NAMED JOHN LIVENED IT UP SUBSTANTIALLY. HE WORKS FOR A COMPANY THAT HAS EMPLOYEES EACH DOING KARAOKE AT SEVEN DIFFERENT VENUES. THEREFORE, KARAOKE SEVEN NIGHTS A WEEK. I ORDERED THEIR FOOD (WHICH WAS ALWAYS VERY GOOD) AND WAS SO DISAPPOINTED WHEN ONE OF THEIR SIGNATURE DISHES AT 28.00 HAD SHRIMP AND MUSHROOM SAUTEED IN A ROSA SAUCE. ANYONE KNOWS A ROSA OR BLUSH SAUCE IS REDDISH IN COLOR. WHAT I GOT LOOKED LIKE TURKEY GRAVY. AWFUL! THE WAITRESS IMMEDIATELY TOOK IT BACK AND HAD THEM MAKE A MARINARA SAUCE WITH JUST SPAGHETTI. LOUSY! THE SAUCE HAD NO FLAVOR AND WAS WATERY. I LOADED IT WITH FRESH GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE WHICH USUALLY HELPS. IT DIDN'T. PUTTING THAT ASIDE I MUST SAY THE KARAOKE WAS A LOT OF FUN. IT STARTED WITH ONLY FOUR SINGERS AT 7:00 AND INCREASED TO EIGHT BY 9. ONLY ONE PROBLEM: IT IS HELD IN THEIR "TIKI" LOUNGE WHICH IS ON THE LOWEST LEVEL AND HAS NO HEAT. THEY HAD ONE FLAME BURNING "TOWER" THAT THEY DIDN'T TURN ON FOR SOME STUPID REASON. I STARTED OUT DOING THE SONG I HAVE BECOME ENAMORED OF, THE KENNY ROGERS "SHE BELIEVES IN ME". THEN WENT TO "TOWN WITHOUT PITY", FOLLOWED BY A FUN SONG "GEORGY GIRL", FOLLOWED BY THE STEVE LAWRENCE HIT "PORTRAIT OF MY LOVE". BY 9:30 I WAS LIKE AN ICICLE SO ENDED UP WITH THE ANTHEM FRANK SINATRA AND I SHARE: "MY WAY". I GAVE IT ALL I HAD AND THE APPLAUSE WAS GREAT. I WAS HOME BY 10:00 ONLY TO HEAR ANNA COMPLAIN BITTERLY ABOUT A LAW CLIENT OF HERS WHO CALLED HER THIS LATE AND SAID SHE COULD NOT MAKE IT TOMORROW. THAT'S CALLED LAST MINUTE NOTICE! SO, THE NEXT THING I HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO IS A GET TOGETHER WITH A LONG TIME FRIEND WHO IS A MOVIE BUFF LIKE ME. HE HAS NEVER SEEN MY WONDERFUL HOME THEATER. PLUS I WANT TO SHOW HIM MY BIG EPSON 25 POUND PROJECTOR PLUS MY SMALL COSMOS MAX 8 POUND PROJECTOR. I AM SURE HE WILL WANT TO UPGRADE HIS EQUIPMENT BY THE TIME I AM DONE SHOWING HIM THE ADVANCES MADE IN VIDEO PROJECTION.

INCIDENTALLY, I HOPE BY NOW MOST OF YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR COPIES OF THE SEPIA "MARIO LANZA UNDISCOVERED: HIDDEN GEMS AND RARITIES". I JUST CAN'T STOP PLAYING THIS DISC. IT IS REWARDING AND EXCITING. FROM SEPIARECORDS.COM IT CAN BE PURCHASED FOR 14.60 POSTPAID. OR YOU CAN GO TO AMAZON WHO HAS UNDERCUT THE PRICE TO ONLY 11.99. IF YOU HAVE PRIME THERE WILL BE NO SHIPPING CHARGE. IF NOT, THE PRICE WILL BE HIGHER THAN SEPIA'S.
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SSAMUELIAN
21st March, 2022 22:52
TONIGHT'S FUN WAS PROVIDED BY MGM WITH THE MOVIE "JUMBO" WITH DORIS DAY, STEPHEN BOYD, JIMMY DURANTE, AND MARTHA RAYE. THIS IS A VERY COLORFUL MOVIE ABOUT A CIRCUS RUN BY "POP" WONDER. HIS FAVORITE PET IS THE BIG BOY ELEPHANT "JUMBO". THERE ARE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS KEEPING THE CIRCUS AFLOAT DESPITE POP'S PENCHANT FOR GAMBLING AWAY ALL THEIR HARD EARNED TICKET FEES. THE SCORE IS EXCELLENT AND INCLUDES A GREAT SONG MARIO SANG "MY ROMANCE". DORIS DAY, WITH HER GOLDEN VOICE SINGS IT WITH EASE. THERE ARE PLENTY OF "DEATH-DEFYING" MOMENTS AS WHEN STEPHEN BOYD BLINDFOLDED WALKS THE TIGHTROPE AND NEARLY FALLS WHEN A YOUNG GIRL IN THE AUDIENCE POPS HER POPCORN BAG. RAYE AND DURANTE HAVE BEEN ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED FOR 14 YEARS. THEY MUST BELIEVE IN LONG ENGAGEMENTS! DAY AND BOYD FALL IN LOVE BUT THEIR LOVE IS ALMOST RUINED WHEN BOYD'S FATHER PLAYED BY DEAN JAGGER TRIES TO BUY OUT DAY'S CIRCUS TO GET HIS HANDS ON JUMBO. IN THE END, OF COURSE, IT ALL WORKS OUT AND THEY REPRISE SOME OF THE SONGS DRESSED LIKE CLOWNS AND AT THE VERY END ALL ARE DRESSED IN WHITE AS THE CURTAIN COMES DOWN ON "BILLY ROSE'S JUMBO".

ON ANOTHER NOTE, I HAPPENED UPON A WONDERFUL SITE THAT HAS UNBELIEVABLE RESTORED RADIOS OF ALL TYPES AND SIZES. JUST VISIT RADIO-ANTIKS.COM AND CLICK ON THE TUNING DIAL ON THE RIGHT. ENJOY!
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SSAMUELIAN
20th March, 2022 22:20
HERE IN MEDIA IN A HOUSE LIVED IN BY YOURS TRULY, IT WAS A NIGHT WITH MY NEWER SMALL COSMOS MAX 4K PROJECTOR, TESTING THE MANY VARIED DVDs I HAVE COLLECTED. I WAS ASTOUNDED TO SEE THAT THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT ONLY INCREASED THE BRIGHTNESS BUT NOW GIVES ONE THE OPTION TO OUTPUT THE SOUND TO YOUR SOUND SYSTEM (AND NOT USE THE SMALL SPEAKERS ALREADY IN THE PROJECTOR). NOW I CAN HEAR THE GREAT OPENING CREDITS TO MARIO'S "THE GREAT CARUSO" WITH NEARLY THUNDERING SOUND JUST AS THE LION ROARS. DON'T GET ME WRONG, THE BUILT IN SPEAKERS ARE VERY WORTHY AND ARE PLACED IN THE PROJECTOR IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE SOUND PATTERN SEEMS LIKE SURROUND AND THEY CAN HANDLE SURPRISING VOLUME. HERE IS THE INFORMATION ON AMAZON WHERE YOU CAN ORDER THIS AMAZING PROJECTOR THAT DOES WHAT MACHINES OFTEN COSTING THREE TIMES AS MUCH DO!

THE PRICE HAS BEEN REDUCED TO ONLY 1,299.99 FOR A LIMITED TIME. HERE IS THE LINK:

https://www.amazon.com/Nebula-Cosmos-Anker-Projector-Outdoor/dp/B082219KWL/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1EGEHKB2DZS9G&keywords=COSMOS%2BMAX%2B4K%2BPROJECTOR&qid=1647829053&s=electronics&sprefix=cosmos%2Bmax%2B4k%2Bprojector%2Celectronics%2C213&sr=1-3&th=1
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SSAMUELIAN
19th March, 2022 07:52
MARIO'S DREAM OPERA AND CAST:

DEREK MCGOVERN KINDLY GAVE ME A LINK TO HEAR MARIO BEING INTERVIEWED BY JINK FALKENBURG.
IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE RADIO INTERVIEWER, HE TELLS HER HE KNOWS SIX COMPLETE OPERAS FULLY. AND THEN HE NAMES THEM.

IN "JINX, PART THREE", HE TELLS HER HIS DREAM IS TO SING AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA DOING "LA BOHEME" WITH EZIO PINZA, LICIA ALBANESE, AND LEONARD WARREN.

DEREK "SNEAKED" THIS SECONDS LONG CLIP INTO THE NEW CD. IT JUST "MAGICALLY" APPEARS AND THEN IS GONE.

THE LINK BELOW WILL TAKE YOU TO THE ENTIRE PAGE OF INTERVIEWS FOUND ON DEREK'S SITE:

https://www.mariolanzatenor.com/audio-interviews.html#jinx
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SSAMUELIAN
18th March, 2022 11:25
OUR DEAR FRIEND DEREK MANNERING CAUGHT AN ERROR IN MY REVIEW. I LEFT OUT THE TWO SONGS FROM "THE VAGABOND KING", NAMELY "LOVE ME TONIGHT" AND "NOCTURNE". THESE BOTH SOUND BETTER THAN WE ARE USED TO HEARING THEM ON EARLIER CDS.

I ALSO WANT TO MENTION THAT DEREK MCGOVERN TOLD ME SOME OF THE ACETATES WERE NOT IN GREAT SHAPE, SO THE ENGINEERS WORKED HARD TO RESTORE THEM. THE "HOUSE ON THE HILL" WAS THE WORST OFFENDER BUT THERE WERE OTHERS. ONE KEPT SKIPPING AND HAD TO BE STARTED AND STOPPED UNTIL IT WAS RIGHT.
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SSAMUELIAN
17th March, 2022 23:43
FOR THIS POST I AM GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU THE LETTER I WROTE TO DEREK MCGOVERN REVIEWING THE GREAT NEW SEPIA CD "THE UNDISCOVERED MARIO LANZA: RARE RECORDINGS AND HIDDEN GEMS". THIS IS UNEDITED AND EXACTLY WHAT I WROTE TO HIM. HIS REPLY WAS VERY NICE AND AFFIRMATIVE BUT I AM NOT INCLUDING THAT CORRESPONDENCE. MY REVIEW COVERS EVERY SINGLE TRACK ON THE CD.

HI DEREK YOU DEAR MAN YOU!

I JUST SAT DOWN WITH MY BIG TUBE STEREO PLAYING THE NEW CD. WANT MY HONEST OPINION? HERE IT IS: "OMG, OMG, OMG".

I CAN HONESTLY SAY I HAVE NEVER HAD MORE GREAT SURPRISES AND ENTERTAINMENT WITH THIS SUPERIOR SEPIA RELEASE THAN WITH ANY OTHER CD I HAVE.

JUST ONE SINGLE ARIA, "LA DONNA E MOBILE" WAS ENOUGH TO BLOW ME AWAY WITH THAT FANTASTIC ENDING.

I STARTED OUT A LITTLE WORRIED WITH THE NOISY "HOUSE ON THE HILL", SINCE IT SOUNDED ONLY FAIR. BUT WHEN I REALIZED THAT HE SINGS THIS AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SUNG, UNLIKE THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL CONCERT, IT GRABBED ME.

I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW--DESPITE ITS ORDINARY MELODY, SOUNDED FINE TO MY EARS. SHAME ON KATHRYN GRAYSON FOR REJECTING MARIO'S EARNEST PURSUIT OF HER.

I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED HIS "O HOLY NIGHT" DESPITE THE FAST TEMPO. AND I PARTICULARLY LIKE THE ENDING. WHENEVER I SING THIS LIVE, I ADD THE LAST "O HOLY NIGHT" THAT MY ACCOMPANISTS HAVE NOW GOTTEN USED TO. (BUT I DO NOT SING IT AS FAST).

"THE LORD'S PRAYER" WITH ONLY THE ORGAN ADDS TO THE BEAUTY OF THIS DELICATE VERSION (I ALSO LOVE THE 1950 XMAS ALBUM VERSION EVEN MORE DESPITE HIS GUTTERAL SOUNDS THROUGHOUT).

"DEEP IN MY HEART DEAR" IS VERY WELL DONE. BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL SINCE I THINK HE AND ANN BLYTH WERE MORE TOGETHER. AND IN PARTICULAR HER VOICE SOUNDS BETTER TOO.

"MY DESTINY". NOT MUCH MORE CAN BE SAID ABOUT THIS SUPERIOR TAKE! IT IS THE TAKE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN USED FOR THE MOVIE. THIS ONE RECORDING IS ENOUGH FOR ME TO WANT THIS CD.

THE BREEZY "SERENADE" SUNG BY THE CONVERTIBLE SOUNDS DIFFERENT. IS THIS INDEED THE SAME? I READ WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT THE MEXICAN BAND. NOTE: I LEARNED IT IS NEARLY THE SAME.

I JUST REALIZED I AM COVERING EVERY TRACK. I HOPE THIS IS OKAY.

THE FILM'S "AVE MARIA" IS A TENDER MOMENT, A MOMENT OF SURPRISE TO MARIO'S FUTURE BRIDE JUANA, AND A MOMENT OF FULFILMENT FOR MARIO IN THE MOVIE. EXCELLENT.

YES, DEFINITELY NICE TO HEAR THE COMPLETE "UNA FURTIVA LAGRIMA". JOSE ITURBI SHOULD HAVE PLAYED THE ENTIRE PIECE I SAY.

"THE FLOWER SONG" HAS NEVER MOVED ME. PROBABLY BECAUSE IT IS NOT SUNG IN ITALIAN. BUT IT DOES SOUNDS APPEALING HERE.

"CELESTE AIDA" SHOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETE IN "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS". HERE ITURBI IS INTRODUCING MARIO TO HIS AUDIENCE BUT HE DOESN'T LET MARIO INTRODUCE THE ARIA IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

"O TERRA ADDIO" SOUNDS DISTORTED IN THE OLD "GREAT CARUSO" DVD, IS BETTER IN THE NEW "GREAT CARUSO" DVD, AND IS EVEN BETTER HERE.

VERY NICE TO HAVE JARMILLA SINGING IF ONLY FOR A VERY SHORT TIME WITH MARIO IN THAT ARIA WHOSE SPELLING EVADES ME.

THE ARIA I CAN'T SPELL RETURNS AND IS BEAUTIFUL. OKAY, I GIVE IN. IT IS "E IL SOL DEL'ANIMA".

NOW COMES THE ARIA I MENTIONED AT THE BEGINNING OF MY LETTER. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ENDING. THE BEST HE EVER DID IN THIS ARIA HE SANG COUNTLESS TIMES. OF COURSE I AM REFERRING TO "LA DONNA E MOBILE".

I HAVE ADMIRED THE "RIGOLETTO QUARTET" EVER SINCE I HEARD CARUSO DO IT ON A 78. NICE TO HAVE IT FEATURED HERE. THANKS MARIO, FOR EQUALING OR BETTERING ENRICO.

THE "LUCIA SEXTET" IS DONE DURING A GREAT MOMENT IN "GREAT CARUSO", AS WE SEE MARIO BEAMING AT THE BIRTH OF HIS "IT'S A GIRL" DAUGHTER. WHEN HE RAISES HIS HEAD ACKNOWLEDGING THE APPLAUSE YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE HIS EYES GLEAMING.

I HATE THE "MARTA" FINALE SINCE IT BRINGS "GREAT CARUSO" TO A SAD CONCLUSION. I BELIEVE THIS IS A FABRICATION AS CARUSO DIDN'T DIE ON THE STAGE, RIGHT? (I DON'T HATE THE ARIA OTHERWISE!)

THE "CHE GELIDA MANINA" IS THE ARIA THAT TURNS THE TABLES FOR MARIO AS ENRICO, SINCE JEAN DE REZKE GIVES HIM A STANDING OVATION THAT STARTS THE AUDIENCE CHEERING. VERY DRAMATIC MOMENT AND GREAT SINGING ON THE PART OF MARIO AND DOROTHY KIRSTEN. (AND HERE IS AN ASIDE--YOU WROTE A FEW LINES ABOUT KIRSTEN AND I WAS MOVED TO ORDER HER BIOGRAPHY. HAVEN'T TOUCHED IT YET BUT IT IS SIGNED IN RED BY THE LADY HERSELF!!).

"ADDIO ALLA MADRE" IS A TOP PIECE IN MY HONEST OPINION. I ENJOY IT EVERY TIME I HEAR IT IN "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE". IT RINGS OUT HERE AS IT DOES IN THE FILM.

CONCERNING "DI QUELLA PIRA--I HAVE TO TELL MY FRIEND RON ABOUT IT RIGHT AWAY. WE BOTH CRINGE A LITTLE WHEN HEARING THE FINAL NOTE IN THE FILM. IT SOUNDS PINCHED. NOT ANYMORE!! A VERY GOOD CHOICE, DEAR DEREK, TO CLOSE THE MAIN PROGRAM.

BONUS TRACKS:

AGAIN, I WILL BE ON THE PHONE WITH FRIEND RON SINCE HE FEELS THAT MARIO'S SINGING OF SEVERAL OF THE TRACKS YOU INCLUDED IS BELOW PAR. OVERALL, THEY SOUND BETTER THAN EVER. AND CERTAINLY DON'T HAVE THE "HEAVY" AND TIRED SOUND I AM USED TO.

I ASSUME THIS IS THE EXACT TAKE THAT WE HEAR IN "GREAT CARUSO" WITH THE "BOY" SOPRANO. IT MOVES ME AS IT DID MARIO IN THE MOVIE WHEN HE PUTS HIS ARM AROUND THE BOY.

"POUR UN BAISER". AGAIN THE SONG HAS MORE LIFE TO IT ON THIS CD THAN IN THE LP AND CD VERSIONS I HAVE PLAYED OFTEN THROUGH THE YEARS

"BELOVED" TYPIFIES THE SUB TITLE "RARE RECORDINGS AND HIDDEN GEMS". NEVER HEARD AND SIMPLY GLORIOUS. WONDER WHAT LINZ WILL SAY ABOUT THIS ONE?!

LAST YOU CHOSE TO CLOSE THE CD WITH A ROUSING NEAPOLITAN SONG. WITH NO FLOUR IN HIS THROAT, MARIO SOARS WITH IT AND IMPRESSES NOT ONLY US BUT OPERA SINGER ALFREDO AS HE EATS HIS PASTA.

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK MY FRIEND. IT HAS PAID OFF IN SPADES. I WROTE EVERYTHING VERY FAST AND PERHAPS DIDN'T GO INTO THE DETAIL I NORMALLY WOULD. THIS ONE IS DEFINITELY GOING INTO MY VAN'S "BRAIN" AS I DO HALF OF MY LISTENING TO MARIO IN THAT VEHICLE.

CONGRATULATIONS ON A HOME RUN. AND ALSO ON THE FINE AND INFORMATIVE CD BOOKLET. I ADORE THE PHOTO ON THE FRONT COVER WITH THAT CUTE LITTLE RCA 45 RPM PLAYER THAT I OWN.

FONDLY,
SAM
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SSAMUELIAN
17th March, 2022 00:12
HI MIKE. YES, IT IS A SHAME NO ONE ELSE IS HERE. SOMEONE NEEDS TO TELL JEFF RENSE AND/OR HIS "GATEKEEPER".

YOUR MEMORY IS FINE. THE "ARE" HIGH NOTE IS RINGING AND SHEER PERFECTION. THEN HE SLIDES DOWN TO THE MUCH LOWER AND QUIETER FINAL NOTE.

DEREK MCGOVERN, DEREK MANNERING, AND YOURS TRULY HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING THE MERIT OF MARIO'S COKE SHOW VERSION OF THE ARIA "LAMENTO DI FEDERICO" AS OPPOSED TO THE "SERENADE" VERSION AND EVEN THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL CONCERT VERSION. DEKEK MCGOVERN POINTED OUT THAT THERE IS A FOURTH VERSION SUNG AT THE CONCERT HE GAVE IN TORONTO (WHICH OVERALL WAS EXCELLENT).

I HEARD THE COKE VERSION FOR THE FIRST TIME JUST TODAY AND IT GAVE ME CHILLS. I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THE "SERENADE" VERSION AS IT IT SUNG BEAUTIFULLY IN TRUE OPERATIC STYLE. THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL CONCERT VERSION IS ALSO SUNG WELL, BUT I FELT THE HIGH NOTE ENDING A LITTLE PUSHED. THERE IS A SEPIA RECORDING OF THIS THAT I MUST LISTEN TO SINCE IT IT TOUTED AS NOT HAVING THE HIGH NOTE SOUND LESSER. AND I JUST HEARD THE TORONTO VERSION AND CAN TELL YOU IT IS EXCELLENT.

TO HEAR FOR YOURSELVES:

1-TORONTO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LoWlZo6XTY

2-SERENADE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqEMUVyIXzM

3-ROYAL ALBERT HALL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ1aIqEoPFU

4-COKE SHOW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k888LAtfOds
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MikefromLI
16th March, 2022 20:04
Hi Sam. Still nobody here. i know I should give it a rest, but I had to go back and test my memory.Played Cavalcade lp and finale of all the things you are is "all the things you ARE are mine" the high note is in bold. the ending "mine" is much lower. Maybe we are not on the same page but at my age I worry about my memory. Comment, please.
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SSAMUELIAN
15th March, 2022 09:35
CORRECTION FROM BILL FOR THE NEXT MUSEUM EVENT. IT WILL NOT BE A LUNCHEON. ONLY COFFEE AND CAKE WILL BE SERVED. AND THE COST IS ONLY 20.00.
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SSAMUELIAN
14th March, 2022 23:16
TONIGHT I SCREENED A VERY ENTERTAINING MOVIE CALLED "THE PAJAMA GAME" STARRING DORIS DAY AND JOHN RAITT AND A FINE SUPPORTING CAST. THERE ARE MANY MEMORABLE MELODIES IN IT LIKE "HERNANDO'S HIDEAWAY", "HEY THERE", "STEAM HEAT", AND MORE. THE STORY IS FAIRLY STRAIGHTFORWARD AND CONCERNS THE UNION LED BY DORIS (WHO LOOKS GREAT!) THAT WANTS A RAISE OF 7 1/2 CENTS. IT'S A SMALL AMOUNT BUT IT ADDS UP AND WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO ALL THE WORKERS WHO SEW TOGETHER PAJAMAS WITH BUTTONS. DORIS AND JOHN FALL IN LOVE BUT THEIR OPPOSING BUSINESS PROBLEMS KEEP THEM APART ON AND OFF THROUGHOUT THE MOVIE. OF COURSE ALL ENDS WELL. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE GORGEOUS DVDS MADE FROM THE ORIGINAL TECHNICOLOR NEGATIVES LIKE THE NEW "GREAT CARUSO" WAS MADE, SO IT IS A DELIGHT TO WATCH.

I MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN TO TELL YOU THAT BILL IS TAKING THE LANZA MUSEUM IN A NEW DIRECTION BY OFFERING AFFAIRS FEATURING DEAN MARTIN AND JUDY GARLAND. THESE ARE A GOOD BIT INTO THE FUTURE BUT ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE MADE IN ADVANCE. I BELIEVE HE IS GOING TO HAVE A LECTURE ON THE TWO STARS ALONG WITH THE USUAL TASTY LUNCHEON. FILM CLIPS WILL SUPPLEMENT THE LECTURES. SEATING, AS ALWAYS, WILL BE LIMITED TO NO MORE THAN 25 PLUS PEOPLE. NOTE THAT THE DEAN MARTIN AFFAIR WILL BE APRIL 23RD.
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SSAMUELIAN
13th March, 2022 10:50
I NEED TO MAKE ONE UNFORTUNATE CORRECTION. CLYDE DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH MATERIAL FOR A SECOND CD. WE CAN ONLY LOOK FORWARD TO SEPIA RELEASES WITH EXCELLENT SOUND.
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SSAMUELIAN
12th March, 2022 17:43
WELL WE HAD LIGHT SNOW BUT THAT DIDN'T DETER MORE THAN JUST A FEW PEOPLE FROM ATTENDING THE LATEST LANZA MUSEUM AFFAIR. SEEING "SEVEN HILLS OF ROME" WAS GREAT. BILL'S 75 INCH TV MADE IT SO SHARP AND COLORFUL. WE HAD HOAGIES AND WRAPS AND LATER HAD A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR BILL.
HE SHOWED ME HIS COPY OF THE NEW CD AND I WANTED IT! HE ACTUALLY GOT THREE OF THEM. ONE LUCKY GUY BEFORE ME BOUGHT ONE FROM HIM. AMAZON HAS IT FOR 11.99, UNDERCUTTING SEPIA.
I WANTED TO BORROW BILL'S WHILE RIGHT THERE AND PUT IT INTO THE "BRAIN" OF MY VAN'S RADIO/CD PLAYER BUT HE WOULDN'T LET ME. NOT SURE WHY! I WAS GLAD TO HEAR CLYDE SMITH IS STILL ALIVE AND CONTRIBUTING. I THINK HE IS SOMEWHERE IN THE MID WEST. BILL HAD NOTHING BUT RAVES FOR THE NEW CD. ALSO, HE SAID CLYDE HAS ENOUGH "NEW" MATERIAL TO LIKELY MAKE YET ANOTHER CD.
THE MUSEUM IS BROADENING THEIR HORIZONS BY HOLDING SPECIAL FUNCTIONS FOR PEOPLE LIKE DEAN MARTIN AND JUDY GARLAND. THERE WILL BE LECTURES ABOUT THEM AND FILM CLIPS.
I GAVE AWAY MOST OF THE LAST OF MY LANZA CARICATURES, LEAVING ONLY FIVE COPIES LEFT AND THEN THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY MORE!
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SSAMUELIAN
12th March, 2022 01:13
THERE IS A NEW DISCUSSION OF MYTHS REGARDING MARIO LANZA'S VOICE THAT VINCE DI PLACIDO HAS PUT UP ON YOUTUBE. IT RUNS NEARLY TWO HOURS AND IS EXCELLENT. HERE IS THE LINK:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MIbVHWnBDc

I LISTENED CLOSELY TO THE VIDEO AND MADE COMMENTS ALONG THE WAY. HERE IS WHAT I WROTE:

1-BACK IN THE SIXTIES I WENT TO THE LARGE PHILADELPHIA LIBRARY AND RESEARCHED AS MUCH AS I COULD ABOUT MARIO.
MAX DE SCHAUNSEE SAID "LANZA HAD NO TROUBLE FILLING EVERY CORNER OF THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC".

2-I THINK I REMEMBER COSTA WRITING IN HIS BOOK ABOUT THE "WALL OF SOUND" MARIO PUT OUT. HE USED THE WORD "OROTUND".

3-WHY DO PEOPLE THINK IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT MARIO HAD TO SING A FULL LENGTH OPERA? I WOULD GUESS THAT THE PEOPLE WHO SAY THIS BELIEVED HE COULD NOT SUSTAIN THE LENGTH. I SAY HIS CONCERTS VERY LIKELY FILLED MORE SUSTAINED TIME THAN SOME TENORS HAVE TO PUT IN TO SING A COMPLETE OPERA. I KNOW FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE THAT I HAVE SUNG FOR AN HOUR TO TWO HOURS STRAIGHT WITH NO VOCAL STRAIN!

4-LICIA ALBANESE ATTENDED SEVERAL MARIO LANZA BALLS. SHE SAID ON TWO OCCASIONS THAT I REMEMBER THAT HE HAD A BIG, GREAT VOICE. THAT MEANS A LOT COMING FROM A LADY WHO SANG WITH PLENTY OF OTHER FAMOUS OPERA STARS.

5-I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT DOROTHY KIRSTEN PUT MARIO DOWN IN SOME WAYS. THAT SEEMS SURPRISING SINCE SHE WAS A FULL BLOWN OPERATIC SINGER WHO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER.

6-THERE HAVE BEEN SOME GREAT SINGERS WHO SOUND WONDERFUL ON RECORD BUT WHO HAD SMALL VOICES. CANTOR JOSEF ROSENBLAT IS A GOOD EXAMPLE. NICE RINGING VOICE BUT SMALL. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LIST OF TENORS WHO WERE KNOWN TO HAVE SMALL VOICES!

7-MARIO AND SINATRA (MY FAVORITE POP SINGER) BOTH HAD GREAT DICTION. AND BOTH WERE NATURALS AT ACTING. IN "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE" WHEN TALKING TO JAMES WHITMORE ABOUT HEARING WHITMORE'S SISTER, HE STANDS AWAY FROM WHITMORE AND SHIFTS HIS EYES TO ONE SIDE. TO ME THAT IS GREAT ACTING.

8-I SAY CARUSO HAD A BIGGER VOICE THAN HE IS GIVEN CREDIT FOR. WHY? LISTEN TO HIS 78s THROUGH A HORN VICTROLA OF THE PERIOD. HIS VOICE RINGS OUT LOUDER THAN NEARLY EVERY OTHER TENOR AND DEFINITELY EVERY OTHER SOPRANO. LADIES VOICES IN GENERAL DURING THE ACOUSTICAL RECORDING PERIOD DID NOT FARE WELL. CARUSO'S RECORDS SOLD VERY WELL. MANY PEOPLE THINK HIS RECORDS ARE RARE BUT IT IS JUST THE OPPOSITE. HIS RECORDS ARE COMMON. THEY SOLD WELL BECAUSE THEY SOUNDED SO GOOD!

9-MARIO HAD AN EVEN VOICE UP AND DOWN. I DO FEEL, HOWEVER, THAT HE HAS TO REACH FOR THE LOWEST NOTES. LISTEN TO "TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS" AS HE DOES SCALES WITH THE MAESTRO. THE LOWEST NOTE HAS HIM REACHING SOMEWHAT. THAT BEING SAID, IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS OF HIS LIFE HIS LOW REGISTER DID GET DEEPER, DESPITE WHETHER OR NOT HIS DRINKING CAUSED IT.

10-CALLINICOS SAID MARIO COULD NOT MASTER SIGHT READING OF MUSIC. WELL, NEITHER COULD FRANK SINATRA! AND THERE ARE PLENTY OTHER EXAMPLES IN BOTH THE OPERATIC AND POPULAR TYPES.

11-IF MARIO WAS A SLOW LEARNER, THEN HE NEVER COULD HAVE SUNG THE GREAT NUMBER OF NEW SONGS REQUIRED OF HIM EACH WEEK ON THE COKE SHOW. (I THINK YOU SAID THE SAME IN VINCE'S VIDEO).

12-MARIO WAS VERY MUCH AWARE OF HIS TENDENCY TO SING SHARP. ON THAT HOME RECORDING HE TELLS COLLEEN THAT "YOU SING SHARP JUST LIKE DADDY" (IF I AM QUOTING THAT CORRECTLY). I ACTUALLY LIKE OCCASIONAL SHARP SINGING WHEN IT HEIGHTENS THE PERFORMANCE. IT IS ONLY WHEN HE GOES TOO FAR THAT IT IS BAD. I'M TRYING TO REMEMBER THE ONE SONG AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL WHERE HE GOES WAY OFF AND THEN HAS A HARD TIME GETTING BACK ON THE MELODY.

13-MARIO'S "SOFT PEDAL" IS ABSOLUTELY THERE ON DISPLAY IN MANY RECORDINGS AND LIVE PERFORMANCES. HE MIGHT NOT HAVE HAD THE PERFECT DIMINUENDO THAT OTHER TENORS HAD.

14-TO MY EARS, MARIO'S VOICE CAME INTO ITS OWN SOMEWHERE AROUND 1948. BEFORE THAT HIS GREATNESS WAS STILL KNOWN BUT IT WASN'T THE FULLY DEVELOPED VOICE WE HEAR IN ALL OF HIS MOVIES.

15-I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED IF MARIO WOULD SING AT THE DROP OF A HAT, LIKE HE DID IN THE OUTDOOR SCENE IN GREAT CARUSO WHEN HE SINGS "MATTINATA".

16-THE POPULARITY OF THE LP "LANZA ON BROADWAY" SPEAKS TO THE AVERAGE IGNORANCE OF PEOPLE WHO BOUGHT AND LOVE THAT ALBUM!

17-THE PROPER VOCAL TECHNIQUE ISSUE STICKS IN MY CRAW SINCE I HAVE ARGUED WITH MY FRIEND RON ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS. DON'T GET ME WRONG, HE THINKS LANZA IS THE GREATEST BUT SAYS HE NEEDED MORE VOCAL TRAINING. OCCASIONALLY HE WILL EVEN SAY THAT IT WAS HIT AND MISS WITH MARIO.

18-HE MADE RECORDINGS IN SMALL PIECES? WHAT A JOKE! WHEN LISTENING TO HIS REHEARSALS, THERE WERE SOME SONGS THAT MAY HAVE ENDED UP BY CHOOSING THE BEST PARTS. ONE ARIA THAT COMES TO MIND IS ONE OF HIS RECORDINGS OF "LA DONNA E MOBILE" WHERE YOU CAN EASILY HEAR THE SPLICED ON FINAL NOTE "PENSIERE".

19-EARLIER RECORDINGS LIKE HOLLYWOOD BOWL HAVE HIM SOUNDING MORE LYRIC THAN THE LATER RECORDINGS. HIS LONG HELD END TO "NESSUN DORMA" IS ASTOUNDING. (WE WON'T TALK ABOUT JEFF RENSE'S TAMPERING WITH HIS SINGING BY STRETCHING OUT SOME OF HIS NOTES, LOL).

20-I BELIEVE I TOLD YOU THE STORY OF HOW MY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHER (A TRAINED TENOR HIMSELF) PREFERRED CORELLI TO LANZA. I NEVER ARGUED WITH HIM SINCE I RESPECTED HIM SO MUCH. EVEN WHEN I COMPARED BOTH TENORS DOING THE SAME ARIA (IN THIS CASE "NESSUN DORMA") HE STUCK TO HIS GUNS. TO MY EARS CORELLI IS AN EXCELLENT TENOR BUT I OFTEN FEEL HE SINGS LIKE HE HAS MARBLES IN HIS THROAT, HE LACKED THE PURE CLARITY OF LANZA.

21-HAS ANY OPERATIC SINGER TRULY BEEN ABLE TO SHATTER GLASS?

ANY COMMENTS ARE WELCOME!
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SSAMUELIAN
11th March, 2022 17:42
DESPITE THE THREAT OF RAIN AND/OR SNOW, THE LANZA MUSEUM FUNCTION FOR TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WILL STILL BE HELD. THE TEMPERATURE WILL GO UP TO 45 DEGREES. WE LOOK FORWARD TO ENJOYING A FINE LUNCHEON AND THEN A SCREENING OF "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME". I PROBABLY SAID THIS BEFORE BUT WATCHING A LANZA FILM TOGETHER WITH FANS WHO HAVE THE SAME INTEREST ONLY HEIGHTENS THE EXPERIENCE. IT STARTS AT 1:00 PM AND GOES TO APPROXIMATELY 4:00 PM. WE WILL SEE MARISA ALLASIO IN HER PRIME! NOTE THAT CLOCKS SHOULD BE TURNED AHEAD SATURDAY NIGHT FOR SUNDAY'S DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME.
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SSAMUELIAN
11th March, 2022 08:24
CORRECTION: IT WAS NOT CLINTON SUNDBERG IN "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS", IT WAS JULES MUNSHIN.

DON'T FORGET TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD SATURDAY NIGHT SO SUNDAY YOU WILL BE READY FOR DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME.
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SSAMUELIAN
10th March, 2022 23:07
TONIGHT'S MOVIE I RAN WAS "EASTER PARADE" STARRING FRED ASTAIRE AND JUDY GARLAND WITH PETER LAWFORD AND CLINTON SUNDBERG (OF "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS" FAME!). THE FILM IS CHOCK FULL OF WONDERFUL IRVING BERLIN SONGS INCLUDING THE VERY FAMOUS TITLE SONG. FRED ASTAIRE IS SEEN IN THE BEGINNING DOING A WONDERFUL DANCE NUMBER USING DRUMS WITH HIS USUAL PERFECTION AND STYLE. LATER ANN MILLER COMES INTO HIS APARTMENT AND TELLS HIM SHE IS LEAVING THEIR ACT SINCE SHE HAS HAD A BETTER OFFER FROM ZIEGFELD.FRED IS CRESTFALLEN. PETER LAWFORD IS FRED'S FRIEND AND FEELS BAD ABOUT THIS. BUT FRED IS STOIC AND BRAGS TO LAWFORD WHILE SITTING AT A BAR THAT HE COULD TAKE ANY OF THE LINE UP OF CHORUS GIRLS AND MAKE HER IN LESS THAN A YEAR AS GOOD AS ANN. HE CHOSES JUDY GARLAND WHO IS MAKING 15.00 A NIGHT AND OFFERS HER 150.00. SHE THINKS HE IS COMING ONTO HER BUT WHEN SHE REALIZES WHO HE IS, SHE DOES A DOUBLE TAKE AND MEETS HIM AT THE SPECIFIED HOUR THE NEXT MORNING. EVEN THOUGH A GOOD DANCER, SHE HAS A PROBLEM TELLING HER RIGHT FOOT FROM HER LEFT. ("RIGHT FOOT FROM HER LEFT", ETC., ARE WORDS HEARD IN THE SONG "MISTY" THAT A CERTAIN SINGER NAMED JOHNNY MADE FAMOUS) TO HELP, SHE KEEPS A GARTER ON ONE LEG TO BE ABLE TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE. ASTAIRE GIVES HER A RUBBER BAND THAT SUFFICES. LAWFORD IN THE MEANTIME IS FALLING IN LOVE WITH JUDY. HE MEETS HER OUT ONE VERY RAINY AFTERNOON AND BUYS A HUGE UMBRELLA FROM A VENDOR IN THE STREET. BOTH HE AND JUDY TAKE COVER WHILE HE SINGS "A FELLOW WITH AN UMBRELLA". THEN FOLLOWS A GOOD NUMBER OF SONG AND DANCE SETS WHILE WE SEE THE PRINCIPALS GROWING IN POPULARITY. LAWFORD PROFESSES HIS LOVE FOR HER AND JUDY SAYS SHE IS FLATTERED BUT IS IN LOVE WITH FRED (WHO DOESN'T REALIZE HE LOVES HER UNTIL MUCH LATER). ANN IS SEEN ON EASTER SUNDAY BEING PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE PRESS AND SPORTING TWO BORZOI DOGS ON THEIR LEASHES. ONE YEAR FROM THAT TIME JUDY AND FRED ARE WALKING DOWN THE SAME STREET AND ANN IS LEFT IN THE DUST SO TO SPEAK. THE CHORUS SINGS "EASTER PARADE" AND THE FILM'S END TITLES COME UP. THIS IS A THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINING MOVIE THAT HAS NO DULL SEQUENCES AND IS NICELY PACED. SEEING IT IN BLU RAY WITH 4K PROJECTION IS A TREAT AS THE COLOR AND IMAGES ARE LUSH. ONCE AGAIN, I HAVE TO ASK WHERE ARE THE OTHER RENSE POSTERS?
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SSAMUELIAN
9th March, 2022 19:15
CORRECTION: MARISA ALLASIO IS NOT 85 1/2 YEARS OLD, SHE IS 87. MY THANKS TO DEREK MCGOVERN FOR THIS CORRECTION. I SO DO WITH OTHERS WOULD START POSTING. OUTSIDE OF MIKE AND MYSELF, IT IS AWFULLY LONELY ON RENSE.
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SSAMUELIAN
8th March, 2022 15:55
MARK THE DATE: THIS SUNDAY MARCH 12TH BILL RONAYNE IS OPENING THE MARIO LANZA MUSEUM FOR ITS NEXT AFFAIR. THERE WILL BE A TASTY LUNCHEON FOLLOWED BY A SCREENING OF "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME". IT STARTS 1:00 PM AND GOES TO 4:00 PM. TAKE IT FROM ME, SEEING THE 1957 FILM WILL BE A TREAT SINCE EXPERIENCING IT WITH OTHER FANS ALWAYS MAKES IT BETTER. YOU MUST NOTIFY BILL VIA THE MUSEUM WEBSITE TO RESERVE A PLACE. HE CAN ONLY HANDLE ABOUT 30 PEOPLE AND I AM SURE IT IS NEARLY FILLED. MARISA ALLASSIO IS MARIO'S COSTAR AND SHE JUST TURNED 85 1/2 YEARS OLD. SHE IS EXCELLENT IN HER ROLE AND A WORTHY CO-STAR EVEN THOUGH SHE DOES NOT SING.
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SSAMUELIAN
7th March, 2022 06:59
GREAT NEWS! THE NEW SEPIA CD ENTITLED "THE UNDISCOVERED MARIO LANZA:RARE RECORDINGS AND HIDDEN GEMS" HAS BECOME AVAILABLE AS OF YESTERDAY. I FOR ONE CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR ALL THAT THIS CD HAS TO OFFER WITH THE VERY RARE TRACK LIST THAT I WILL PROVIDE FOR YOU. TO ORDER DIRECT FROM SEPIA, JUST USE THE LINK BELOW. THE COST IS $14.60 USA.

https://sepiarecords.com/sepia1371.html

THE TRACK LIST CAN BE SEEN ON DEREK MCGOVERN'S "MARIO LANZA TENOR" WEBSITE. JUST USE THIS LINK:

https://www.mariolanzatenor.com/news/new-cd-from-sepia-records-the-undiscovered-mario-lanza-rare-recordings-and-hidden-gems

I HOPE EVERYONE APPRECIATES WHAT RELEASES LIKE THIS MEAN. COUNTLESS YEARS AFTER MARIO'S DEATH WE ARE BEING BLESSED WITH UNHEARD RECORDINGS. JUST WHEN WE THINK THAT THERE IS NOTHING NEW REGARDING MARIO'S SINGING, WE RECEIVE THE GREAT NEWS THAT THERE INDEED IS!
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SSAMUELIAN
5th March, 2022 23:23
I WATCHED AN OVERLY LONG BUT ENTERTAINING FILM WITH DORIS DAY, JIMMY DURANTE, MARTHA RAYE, AND STEPHEN BOYD CALLED "JUMBO". BUT NO REVIEW TONIGHT BECAUSE I HAVE SOMETHING VERY EXCITING TO TELL YOU FOLKS.

I JUST RECEIVED FROM AMAZON THE NEW 4K VERSION OF "THE WIZARD OF OZ". IT IS TRULY UNBELIEVABLE. THE DETAIL, COLOR, AND EVEN THE SOUND ARE THE BEST EVER. CONSIDERING THIS IS A 1939 MOVIE, IT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS MADE YESTERDAY. EVEN BETTER, THOUGH, BECAUSE RECENT FILMS JUST DON'T HAVE THE PIZZAZZ THAT THE OLD TECHNICOLOR FILMS HAD. A FEW EXAMPLES: DOROTHY'S LIPS ARE AS RUBY RED AS HER SLIPPERS. HER FACE HAS ROUGE ON IT AND YOU CAN SEE FRECKLES TOO. SHE HOLDS A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS AT ONE POINT IN THE MOVIE AND YOU CAN SEE EACH PETAL IN DIFFERENT COLORS. TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE IMPROVEMENTS YOU MUST HAVE A 4K PROJECTOR. MAYBE I'M GUSHING TOO MUCH BUT AFTER ALL, THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE. AND I HAVE LOVED IT AND, AS THEY SAY IN THE BEGINNING, "RETURNED TO IT" SINCE FIRST SEEING THE MOVIE AT TEN YEARS OF AGE WHEN MY AUNT TOOK ME AND HER GIRLS TO SEE IT. IT IS AVAILABLE FOR 20.00.
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SSAMUELIAN
4th March, 2022 22:45
I HAVE ANOTHER MOVIE REVIEW FOR YOU FOLKS. TONIGHT I WATCHED THE WONDERFUL "BYE BYE BIRDIE" WITH DICK VAN DYKE, JANET LEIGH, ANN MARGRET, BOBBY RYDEL, PAUL LYNDE, AND JESSE PEARSON AS CONRAD BIRDIE. THE FILM WAS MADE IN THE EARLY SIXTIES BUT IT DOESN'T SEEM DATED AT ALL. THE BIRDIE CHARACTER WAS BASED ON ELVIS PRESLEY, WHO WAS DRAFTED BY THE ARMY AS WAS BIRDIE. THE STORY CONCERNS ANN AS THE GIRL WHO IS PICKED TO HAVE BIRDIE GIVE HER "ONE LAST KISS" (A SONG DICK VAN DYKE'S CHARACTER HAS WRITTEN FOR HIM). SHE FAINTS WHEN HE IS NEAR, DRIVING BOYFRIEND BOBBY RYELL JEALOUS. DICK HAS A DOMINEERING MOTHER (MAUREEN STAPLETON) WHO BABIES HIM AND FEIGNS ILLNESS WHENEVER DICK MENTIONS MARRIAGE TO HIS LOVE JANET LEIGH. IN THE END MOM GETS MARRIED HERSELF AND FROM THAT POINT ANYTHING SON DICK DOES IS ALRIGHT WITH HER. THE MUSIC SCORE IS EXCELLENT AND INCLUDES "WE LOVE YOU CONRAD", "THE TELEPHONE HOUR" (WHICH I SANG IN HIGH SCHOOL DURING THE FILM'S SUCCESS), "ONE BOY", "HOW LOVELY TO BE A WOMAN", THE POPULAR "PUT ON A HAPPY FACE", AND "EVERYTHING IS ROSIE". THEY EVEN DEVISED A SPECIAL DANCE FOR THE FILM WHICH LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE KIND OF INVENTIVE DANCE BOB FOSSE WOULD HAVE DONE. BOTH ANN AND BOBBY ARE VERY YOUNG AND IT IS REFRESHING TO SEE THEM AT THIS STAGE IN THEIR CAREERS. AT THE VERY BEGINNING AND VERY END OF THE MOVIE WE HAVE ANN SINGING THE TITLE SONG "BYE BYE BIRDIE" IN A SEXY DANCE WHERE SHE PUTS HER ARMS TOGETHER AND EMPHASIZES HER DELIGHTFUL CLEAVAGE! THIS IS YET ANOTHER FILM THAT NEVER IS BORING AND CAN BE SEEN AGAIN AND AGAIN.
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SSAMUELIAN
4th March, 2022 22:30
MIKE, I JUST LISTENED TO JOHN GARY SINGING "ONCE UPON A TIME", A SONG I HAVE SUNG MYSELF OVER THE YEARS. HE IS GREAT! WHAT A SWEET VOICE WITH A BEAUTIFUL FALSETTO AND A GOOD BODIED VOICE WHEN SINGING FULL OUT. IF OTHERS WANT TO HEAR HIM, GO HERE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIjXYOniTPI
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SSAMUELIAN
4th March, 2022 19:50
HI MIKE,

YES, IT'S JUST US. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT. DAVID WEAVER WAS PUT IN CHARGE OF THE SITE BY JEFF RENSE BUT HE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE AROUND AT ALL!

INTERESTING TO HEAR THE MEANING OF THE WORLD "SCUBA".

I HAVE ANOTHR FRIEND WHO THINKS JOHN GARY IS A GREAT SINGER. I WILL HAVE TO LISTEN TO HIM SINCE I THINK I HAVE ONLY HEARD HIM ONCE YEARS AGO.

SO FAR AS BREATH CONTROL, FRANK SINATRA DEVELOPED HIS BY SEEING HOW LONG HE COULD HOLD HIS BREATH UNDERWATER. IF YOU LISTEN TO HIS EARLY RECORDINGS HE PRACTICES THIS VERY WELL. LATER WHEN HE SMOKED A LOT HE LOST SOME OF IT. THE CAPITOL RECORDS YEARS WERE HIS BEST. HE WAS ALSO GOOD WHEN HE STARTED HIS OWN RECORD COMPANY CALLED REPRISE RECORDS. HE LEARNED FROM HIS FIRST BIG BAND EMPLOYER (DARN, OLD AGE, CAN'T THINK OF HIS NAME--MAYBE TOMMY DORSEY?) WOULD BLOW HIS HORN AND SEEM NOT TO TAKE A BREATH, BUT HE HAD A "PINHOLE" IN HIS LIPS THAT ALLOWED HIM TO SUCK IN AIR WITHOUT STOPPING.

I THINK I COVERED WHAT YOU POSTED ABOUT. THIS STUPID WEBSITE SHOULD ALLOW US TO SEE A PERSON'S POST RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE CURRENT POST.
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MikefromLI
4th March, 2022 17:15
Hi Sam. How do we get the word out to others that the site is up and running? Here comes another opinion. I think Ann Miller does the exact same dance steps in all her movies. OK, not exactly, but pretty close.BING was very adept at jazz, especially early on. John Gary was my favorite non classical singer.His impressive breath control was because he was a world class SCUBA diver.Bit of trivia, SCUBA means self contained underwater breathing apparatus.(I love trivia!)
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SSAMUELIAN
4th March, 2022 00:18
THE IN DEPTH REVIEW I POSTED EARLIER SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN "EATEN" BY THIS WEBSITE AND ITS QUIRKS. I'LL TRY TO RE-CONSTRUCT IT.

BUT BEFORE THAT I WOWULD LIKE YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT YOU CAN NOW SEE THE COMPLETE TRACK LISTING ON DEREK MCGOVERN'S WONDERFUL LANZA WEBSITE AT:

https://www.mariolanzatenor.com/news/new-cd-from-sepia-records-the-undiscovered-mario-lanza-rare-recordings-and-hidden-gems

TONIGHT I WATCHED THE MGM VISUALIZATION OF THE LIFE OF SIGMUND ROMBERG. MEL FERRER PLAYS ROMBERG, WHILE OPERA STAR HELEN TRABEL DOES THE LION'S SHARE OF THE SINGING. MERLE OBERON PLAYS HIS CLOSEST FRIEND AND INSPIRATION. THE MOVIE BOASTS 22 SONGS FROM 11 DIFFERENT MUSICALS. IT SO MANY GUEST STARS THAT IT IS HARD TO KEEP TRACK OF THEM. ONE WHO STANDS OUT IS ROSEMARY CLOONEY AS SHE WAS THEN HIS REAL LIFE WIFE. IT WAS DIRECTED BY STANLEY DONEN IN 1954. YOU GET TO ENJOY GENE KELLY DANCING WITH HIS RARELY SEEN BROTHER FRED. THEN THERE IS TONY MARTIN SINGING, THERE IS VIC DAMONE SINGING, THERE IS JANE POWELL SINGING, ETC. IN THE DANCE DEPARTMENT, KUDOS TO ANN MILLER AND HER ALWAYS SMART TAP DANCING. CYD CHARISSE DOES A CLASSY DANCE SHOWING OFF HER MILLION DOLLAR LEGS. BALLET IS REPRESENTED BY TAMARA TOUMANOVA (SPELLING?). THERE ARE MORE BUT I CAN'T NAME ALL OF THEM.

THE DVD ITSELF I NOW CONSIDER THE FINEST, GREATEST IN MY HUGE COLLECTION OF DISCS. THE COLOR SATURATION IS VERY DEEP, THE SHARPNESS MAKES IT LOOK LIKE IT WAS JUST PHOTOGRAPHED, AND THE SOUND IS CRYSTAL CLEAR. IT ALSO HAS EXCELLENT BONUSES. 1-A TEX AVERY MGM CARTOON THAT IS CLEVER 2-THREE OUTTAKES OF LESSER NUMBERS CUT FROM THE FILM 3-AUDIO OUTTAKES AND 4-THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER WHICH IS EXCELLENT.
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd March, 2022 23:49
OKAY MIKE, HERE ARE MY REPLIES TO YOUR THREE POSTS: 1-"ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE" IS THE VERSION FOUND ON THE "CAVALCADE OF SHOW TUNES" ALBUM. IT IS A GOLDEN, RINGING NOTE. THERE EXISTS ON THE "MARIO LANZA AT MGM" CD A GLORIOUS VERSION OF THE SONG USING LANZA'S "SOFT PEDAL". IT WAS NEVER RELEASED ON ANY OTHER CD. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THERE WAS TO BE AN MGM ALBUM SEQUEL BUT IT GOT MESSED UP IN LEGAL MATTERS SO HAS NEVER BEEN RELEASED. 2-YES, THE LAST NOTE OF GIANNINA MIA IS SOMEWHAT FORCED AND DOESN'T EVEN END ON A WORD. MARIO SINGS "AH-AH-AH". 3-IMHO THE FINAL NOTE OF "SERENADE" IS NOT FORCED. THE PROBLEM WITH IT IS THE WOBBLE AS HE TRIES TO HOLD THE NOTE 4-BING CROSBY WAS ALWAYS A CROONER. FRANK SINATRA WAS TOO, BUT ONLY IN HIS EARLY DAYS AND UP UNTIL HE LEFT COLUMBIA RECORDS. FROM THE MID FIFTIES AND ON, HE NO LONGER CROONED BUT RATHER USED "SWING", THAT WAS ON THE JAZZY SIDE. FRANK ALWAYS CREDITED CROSBY AS HIS INSPIRATION. THEY NEVER APPEARED IN A MOVIE TOGETHER UNTIL MANY YEARS HAD PASSED. IT WAS IN THE MID-FIFTIES THAT THEY APPEARED TOGETHER IN "HIGH SOCIETY", A GREAT COLE PORTER MUSICAL BASED ON "THE PHILADELPHIA STORY". THE DUET THEY PERFORM TOGETHER WITH SINATRA TIPSY IS A FIRST CLASS GEM CALLED "WELL DID YOU EVAH". 5-CROSBY WAS ONE OF THE WORST DANCERS. HE BARELY SQUEEZES BY WHEN CALLED UPON TO DANCE. FRANK WAS AN EXCELLENT DANCER WHO WAS TRAINED BY GENE KELLY. THEY DANCED TOGETHER IN ONE FILM (THE TITLE ESCAPES ME) AND FRANK MATCHED GENE STEP FOR STEP!
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd March, 2022 23:25
HI MIKE,

I AM DISHEARTENED SINCE I WROTE AN IN DEPTH POST ABOUT THE GREAT MOVIE I SAW TONIGHT CALLED "DEEP IN MY HEART", THE MGM VISUALIZATION OF SIGMUND ROMBERG'S LIFE. I HOPE IT SHOWS UP, BUT IN THE MEANTIME, LET ME ADDRESS WHAT YOU POSTED IF THIS STUPID WEBSITE'S FOIBLES ALLOW ME TO SEE YOUR POSTS.
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd March, 2022 23:22
TEST
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MikefromLI
3rd March, 2022 20:01
here goes again, since there only appears to be the two of us. Think you mixed up the final note of ALL the things you are with an alternate take. IMHO the final note of Giannina Mia is very forced as is the final note in Serenade(The Movie).Love the alternate take in "One Night of Love"with the high-C ending.Wonder why they used the other one on the LP.
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MikefromLI
3rd March, 2022 19:50
Well, that worked. Maybe if i never log out Iwon't have to remember the password. Just an opinion about Sinatra.I believe Bing Crosby did everything that Sinatra did and did it first and did it better.Drama, comedy, TV specials and especially recordings. Again, IMHO!
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MikefromLI
3rd March, 2022 19:43
Hopefully I am in until I forget the password, as usual. Sam as to the finale of TMK, it allowed them to use beautiful melodies from Tchaikovsky which I enjoyed more than many (not all) arias.If this works I will try to post again soon.
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SSAMUELIAN
3rd March, 2022 07:26
HI FOLKS! I JUST CHECKED THE CALENDAR AND SEE THAT IT'S ONLY NINE MORE DAYS UNTIL "THE UNDISCOVERED MARIO LANZA" IS AVAILABLE FROM SEPIA. THIS WILL BE THE TENTH CD THEY HAVE RELEASED OF HIS SINGING. IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THEM YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANY BETTER SOUND. THEIR ENGINEERS ARE AMAZING WHEN IT COMES TO SOUND QUALITY. THIS TENTH DISC IS GOING TO BLOW US AWAY SINCE YOU CAN SEE FROM THE TRACK LISTING THAT THE MAJORITY OF THEM HAVE NEVER BEEN HEARD BEFORE! THIS REMINDS ME OF THE MANY ALBUMS OF MARIO THAT RCA RELEASED AFTER HIS DEATH. THE COKE SHOW TREASURES KEPT THE LANZA NAME ALIVE FOR MANY YEARS AS A GOOD NUMBER OF ALBUMS WERE RELEASED. AN EXAMPLE IS "THE MAGIC MARIO" LP. AND LATER THE SAME MATERIAL WAS RELEASED ON CD THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THIS DAY. NOTE: I WENT TO THE SEPIA SITE AND DON'T SEE ANY MENTION OF THE NEW ONE YET. THEY ALSO HAVE SOME UNIQUE RELEASES OF OTHER SINGERS LIKE BING CROSBY FOR EXAMPLE. HERE: WWW.SEPIARECORDS.COM
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SSAMUELIAN
1st March, 2022 23:46
SORRY FOLKS, I TOTALLY FORGOT TO NAME THE FILM I WAS REPORTING ON. IT IS "YOUNG AT HEART". IT IS ALSO A HIT SINATRA SONG.
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SSAMUELIAN
1st March, 2022 23:23
WHILE JOE BIDEN WAS GIVING HIS EXCELLENT AND THOROUGH STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS (ANNA FILLED ME IN ON IT), I WAS SCREENING ANOTHER DORIS DAY FILM, THIS TIME WITH FRANK SINATRA. WHILE MARIO IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE VOCALIST, SINATRA REMAINS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE POP SINGER. THE MOVIE HAS A GREAT CAST THAT INCLUDES GIG YOUNG, ALAN HALE, DOROTHY MALONE, EHTEL BARRYMORE (WHO APPEARED WITH MARIO IN "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS") AND A COUPLE MINOR CHARACTER ACTORS. IT IS AN EARLY WIDESCREEN MOVIE THAT I BELIEVE IS COPYRIGHT 1954. DAY ONCE AGAIN BRINGS HER STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL CRYSTAL CEAR VOICE TO THE SCREEN AND IS WONDERFUL AT LIP SYNCHING. SINATRA DELIVERS A FINE PERFORMANCE AS THE LONG SUFFERING BARNEY SLOAN AND SINGS STANDARDS HE IS KNOWN FOR LIKE "IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS". I BELIEVE THE FILM WAS BASED ON A THIRTIES DEANNA DURBIN MOVIE BUT DON'T QUOTE ME ON THAT. THE FILM KEEPS YOU GUESSING AS TO WHICH DAUGHTER IS GOING TO END UP WITH WHICH MALE SUITOR. AS IN ANY GOOD MUSICAL, IT HAS MANY SONGS THAT ARE WELL SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE FILM WITH DAY AND SINATRA. DAY'S TWO SISTERS ARE SEEN PLAYING THE HARP, THE VIOLIN, AND THE PIANO WHILE THEIR FATHER CONDUCTS. CAN I SAY THAT THE FAMILY WHO PLAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER?!
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SSAMUELIAN
27th February, 2022 23:49
TONIGHT I SAW A MOVIE THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MARIO EXCEPT THAT ITS STAR IN HER OWN WAY HAS ONE OF THE BEST POP VOICES OF OUR TIME. I'M SPEAKING OF DORIS DAY, WHO HAD A VOICE CLEAR AS A BELL AND WHO WAS ON TOP IN HOLLYWOOD FOR MANY YEARS. SHE STARTED OUT WANTING TO BE A DANCER BUT AN ACCIDENT ELIMINATED HER FUTURE FOR DANCE. WE WERE THE WINNERS IN THAT OUTCOME AS SHE CONCENTRATED ON SINGING AND ACTING. AND SHE WAS GREAT AT BOTH. SHE MADE MEMORABLE COMEDIES WITH THE LIKES OF JAMES GARNER AND ROCK HUDSON. SHE PLAYED DRAMA IN A MOVIE LIKE "MIDNIGHT LACE". SHE HAD HITS WITH RECORDS LIKE "SECRET LOVE" AND "PERHAPS, PERHAPS, PERHAPS" AND ESPECIALLY "QUE SERA SERA". HER DANCE ABILITY DID EVENTUALLY RETURN TOO.

THE FILM I SAW TONIGHT WAS "CALAMITY JANE", THE MOVIE I CONSIDER HER BEST MUSICAL AND OVERALL BEST FILM. THE SCORE IS WONDERFUL AND MELODIC. THERE ISN'T ONE SONG THAT IS OFF OR DULL. I PARTICULARLY LIKE THE VERY END WHEN MANY OF THE MELODIES ARE REPRISED. HOWARD KEEL WAS A PERFECT CO-STAR AND HAD A BIG VOICE TO BOOT.

I DO HAVE ONE MARIO LANZA COMMENT WHICH I FORGOT TO MENTION IN MY "SERENADE" REVIEW BELOW. WATCH EVERY SONG AND ARIA MARIO SINGS. HIS ADAM'S APPLE MOVES EXACTLY TO THE RHYTHM OF THE MUSIC. PLUS HIS CHEST SWELLS IN AND OUT LIKE HE IS TAKING BREATHS. HE DID THIS IN SOME OF HIS MOVIES, BUT I CAN REMEMBER NO OTHER FILM WHERE HE DID THIS AS MUCH. IT MAKES ME WONDER IF HE WAS ACTUALLY SINGING ALONG WITH HIS PRE-RECORDED TRACKS. CAN ANYONE SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS?
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SSAMUELIAN
27th February, 2022 01:05
TONIGHT'S FUN WAS SCREENING A WIDE SCREEN (1:85) STANDARD DVD OF "SERENADE" WITH MY 4K PROJECTOR, WHICH DID WONDERS IN MAKING THE COLORS POP, ADD SHARPNESS, ANF LOOK VERY NATURAL AT TIMES. THE MOVIE
HAS ALWAYS HAD A TENDENCY TO FAVOR BROWNS. ONE WAY TO GIVE IT THE LIFE IT DESERVES AS MARIO'S MOST DRAMATIC FILM IS TO ENTREAT THE WARNER BROTHERS HOME VIDEO PEOPLE TO GIVE IT THE SAME TREATMENT AS THE BLU RAY "THE GREAT CARUSO". THE FILM HAD A RESPECTED DIRECTOR, NAMELY ANTHONY MANN. THIS WAS HIS ONLY LANZA FILM AND IT WAS MARIO'S LAST FILM BEFORE DEPARTING TO ITALY. WHEN FIRST RELEASED IT DID NOT DO THE BUSINESS THEY HAD HOPED IT WOULD. SARITA MONTIEL (JUANA IN THE MOVIE) WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH THE DIRECTOR, WHO GAVE HER MORE SCREEN TIME. MONTIEL SAID IN AN INTERVIEW THAT WERE IT NOT FOR HER INVOLVEMENT WITH MANN, SHE COULD EASILY HAVE HAD AN AFFAIR WITH MARIO. THE FILM BENEFITS GREATLY BY HAVING VINCENT PRICE AS ONE OF THE LEADS. HE HAS THE BEST LINES IN THE FILM AND I ALWAYS ENJOY WAITING FOR THEM TO BE SPOKEN. THEY ARE WRY AND CUTTING. JOAN FONTAINE (WHO DIED IN 2013--SEVEN YEARS SHORT OF 100 YEARS OLD. HER SISTER OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND LIVED LONG TOO, APPROXIMATELY TO 103 YEARS OLD) PLAYS A WONDERFUL "BITCH" AND HAS LOVE AFFAIRS WITH A BOXER (VINCE EDWARDS OF BEN CASEY FAME), A SCULPTOR, AND OUR FAVORITE SINGER. SHE GETS UNDER MARIO'S SKIN SO BADLY THAT HE BECOMES COMPLETELY ENTANGLED IN HER WEB. SHE FIRST MEETS MARIO IN THE WINE GROWING FIELDS AS SHE AND EDWARDS PULL UP IN HER GORGEOUS 1956 LINCOLN CONVERTIBLE. SHE REMEMBERS HIM AND EVENTUALLY CALLS ON HER FRIEND THE MAESTRO (MARC OTELLO IF I AM WRITING IT CORRECTLY) TO LISTEN TO MARIO SING. SHE TELLS MARIO THAT HIS SERVICES HAVE ALREADY BEEN PAID FOR. MARIO SINGS A TELLING SONG THAT NIGHT, THE POWERFUL "MY DESTINY". I HAVE SUNG THAT SONG TO MYSELF MANY TIMES THROUGHOUT MY CAREER WHEN IMPORTANT DECISIONS HAD TO BE MADE. THIS SONG WAS COMPOSED BY SAMMY KAHN AS WAS THE TILE SONG. HE SINGS THAT ONE TWICE. THE FIRST TIME HE DOES IT VERY LIGHT YET WITH AN ENTICING FLAVOR. JUANA LOVES HIM AND MARIO LOVES HER ENOUGH TO WANT TO MARRY HER. SHE RESISTS SINCE SHE FEELS HE IS STILL UNDER FONTAINE'S SPELL. MARIO LOSES HIS VOICE ABOUT HALF WAY INTO THE FILM. HE GETS VERY SICK AND WOULD HAVE DIED HAD NOT A LITTLE BOY SOUGHT OUT JUANA. HE WAS BED RIDDEN AT THE MONTES RANCH FOR TWO WEEKS. MONTES WAS HER FATHER, A FAMOUS MATADOR WHO LOST HIS SPIRIT WHEN HIS WIFE LEFT HIM FOR ANOTHER MAN. YOU SEE THE PARALLEL HERE AS MARIO LOSES HIS VOICE OVER ANOTHER WOMAN. SHE DOES AGREE TO MARRY HIM AFTER HE GIVES HER MANY ASSURANCES THAT FONTAINE IS OUT OF HIS SYSTEM. TO TEST THE PROMISE, THEY RELUCTANTLY ATTEND A PARTY FONTAINE IS THROWING. SARITA HAS HER MOST DRAMATIC MOMENT WHEN SHE SHOWS THE PARTY GOERS HOW A MATADOR WORKS WITH HIS RED CAPE AND LONG SWORD. SHE MOMENTARILY FORGETS WHERE SHE IS AND BRINGS THE SWORD ONLY AN INCH AWAY FROM FONTAINE (KNOWN IN THE MOVIE AS KENDALL HALE). FONTAINE QUIPS "DO YOU THINK THAT WILL FREE HIM?". SHE RUNS OUT AND MARIO FOLLOWS HER BUT ONLY AFTER HE DELIVERS A GREAT LINE TO KENDALL--"SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO KILL YOU, YOU'RE ALREADY DEAD"! POOR SARITA GETS HIT BY A HUGE BUS AND WE SEE HER BODY PARTLY UNDER IT. MARIO HAS A CONCERT BOOKED AND WHILE SINGING HE IS TOLD BY HIS COUSIN "SHE'S OKAY, SHE'S GOING TO BE OKAY". THEN HIS EYES BEAM AS HE SINGS THE SECOND AND FINAL "SERENADE" AS THE CAMERA USES A SHOT LOOKING DOWN ON HIM AS HE SINGS UP TO GOD. THE QUALITY OF HIS LAST HIGH NOTE HAS BEEN DEBATED AND SOME FEEL HE SHOULD HAVE RECORDED IT AGAIN.(DEREK MCGOVERN HAS LONG FAVORED THAT). WELL, THE VOICE QUALITY IS GREAT AND THE NOTE HAS SQUILLO, BUT IT WAVERS SOMEWHAT AND THEREIN LIES THE CONTROVERSY OVER IT. THERE ARE MANY WHO FEEL THAT "SERENADE" AND "THE GREAT CARUSO" ARE HIS TWO BEST FILMS AND I WOULDN'T DISAGREE. I KNOW MARIO'S COUSIN, OUR DEAR CAROLE SHEA LIKES IT THE BEST. I ONCE WAS DELIGHTED WHEN SHE CAME TO OUR THEATER WITH A FEW GIRLFRIENDS SOME YEARS BACK. INTERESTINGLY, I ALSO HAD THE PLEASURE TO SHOW HER ALONG WITH BILL RONAYNE THE NEW BLU RAY "GREAT CARUSO" YEARS LATER.

INCIDENTALLY, NOW WE CAN DOCUMENT THAT THREE OF MARIO'S CO-STARS ARE STILL LIVING. 1-ANN BLYTH AT 93, 2-JOHANNA VON KOZIAN AT 88, AND MARISA ALLASIO AT EXACTLY 85 1/2. I ONCE TRIED TO GET AN INTERVIEW WITH JOAN FONTAINE. I REACHED HER HOME AND HER SECRETARY TOLD ME "MISS FONTAINE DOES NOT GIVE INTERVIEWS ANY MORE". I THOUGHT THAT WAS A REAL WASTE AND CALLED BACK BUT THIS TIME DID NOT GET AN ANSWER. SO, THE GOAL IS TO TRY EARNESTLY TO REACH OUT TO ALL THREE LIVING CO-STARS. TIME IS NOT ON OUR SIDE, SO WE MUST WORK QUICKLY!
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SSAMUELIAN
25th February, 2022 23:19
SSAMUELIAN REPORTING FOR DUTY. WELL, AT LEAST FOR A QUICK REVIEW. I TREATED MYSELF TO A SCREENING IN OUR HOME THEATER OF "SEVEN HILLS OF ROME", MARIO'S FIRST PICTURE MADE IN ITALY. THE ITALIAN FLAVOR OF THE FILM IS EVIDENT FROM THE VERY START WHEN RAFAELA (PLAYED BY MARISA ALLASSIO, KNOWN THEN AS THE BRIDGET BARDOT OF ITALY) MAKES HER ENTRANCE. SHE HAS A CHILD-LIKE MANNER AND SOMETHING OF A BABY FACE. BUT BELOW THE NECK, SHE HAS TWO HILLS OF ROME HERSELF! I THOUGHT KATHRYN GRAYSON HAD AN IMPRESSIVE CHEST (REPORTED AT 44D'S) BUT ALASSIO HAS HER BEAT. I WAS UNSURE IF SHE WAS ALIVE OR DEAD. AN INTERNET SEARCH REVEALED THAT SHE WAS BORN IN 1936 AND IS STILL ALIVE. SHE IS 85 1/2 YEARS OLD. SHE BORE TWO CHILDREN FOR HER ONLY MARRIAGE TO AN ITALIAN. ONE GIRL AND ONE BOY. SHE WORKED AS AN ACTOR, A VOICE ACTOR, AND A FILM ACTOR. SO, ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR US TO FIND HER AND HEAR HER REMINISCE ABOUT HER TIME WITH MARIO.

THE FILM IS STRICTLY LIGHTHEARTED ENTERTAINMENT THAT HAS A FEW RUNNING JOKES LIKE WHEN PEPE (MARIO'S COUSIN) STATES SEVERAL TIMES THAT HIS UNCLE RODE "SIXTH FROM GARIBALDI". THIS MEANS THAT HIS UNCLE WAS IN THE SERVICE AND IF GARIBALDI WAS RIDING HIS HORSE ON THE RIGHT, YOU COUNT SIX TO THE LEFT AND THEREFORE HE IS "SIXTH FROM GARIBALDI". MARIO MEETS RAFAELA ON A TRAIN HEADING TO ROME. THE POOR DEAR HAS LOST HER POCKETBOOK AND HAS NO MONEY. SHE IS DRENCHED FROM WALKING IN THE RAIN AND MARIO OFFERS TO BUY HER A TICKET WITH THE LAST MONEY HE HAS. IF YOU LOOK AT HIS SUITCASES THEY ALL SAY "MONTE CARLO", SO WE ARE SUPPOSED TO ASSUME HE LOST HIS MONEY THERE. BUT HIS DESIRE TO FIND CAROL IS HIS GOAL. AFTER A NAP, HE HEARS RAFAELA CURSING IN ITALIAN OVER HER DRESS WHICH HAS GROWN A LOT LONGER DUE TO GETTING WET. MARIO LAUGHS AT HER CURSING AND SHE ASKS IF HE IS ITALIAN. HIS COMIC REPLY: "ONLY ON MY MOTHER AND FATHER'S SIDE"! SHE WAS LOOKING FOR HER UNCLE AND SHE AND MARIO TAKE A HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE TO THE UNCLE'S ADDRESS. UNFORTUNATELY, HE WENT TO ARGENTINA, SOUTH AMERICA SOME YEARS BACK. MARC REVERE INSISTS SHE STAY WITH HIM AND GO TO HIS COUSIN PEPE'S APARTMENT. THE FIRST SONG IS PLEASANT ENOUGH AS MARIO AND A LARGE ENTOURAGE WALK THE STREETS AND THEN CLIMB THE STAIRS WHILE SINGING "TONIGHT, TONIGHT IS A PARTY". HE AND RENATO RASCEL TRY TO OUTDO EACH OTHER SINGING ABOUT DIFFERENT TYPES OF TALIAN FOOD THROUGH THE SONG. RASCEL WAS A FAIRLY WELL KNOWN ITALIAN ACTOR AND ALSO PLAYED THE GUITAR AND WROTE MUSIC. HIS COMPOSITION "CALYPSO ITALIANO" IS HEARD IN THE FILM. I BELIEVE THIS IS MARIO'S ONLY FILM THAT HAS A PRELUDE BEFORE THE TITLES. THE VERY FIRST THING WE SEE IS HIM SINGING THE LAST FEW LINES OF "ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE" IN CLOSE UP UNTIL HIS LOVE INTEREST CAROL RALSTON TELLS HIM SHE HAS A DATE WITH ANOTHER MAN. HE MAKES SHORT WORK OF THE GUY AND THEN THE TITLES APPEAR AND WE ARE ON THE TRAIN WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE LANDSCAPE. LATER IN THE FILM WE ARE TREATED TO A HELICOPTER RIDE FEATURING THE MANY LANDMARKS OF ROME. MARIO LOOKS A BIT UNCOMFORTABLE DURING SOME OF THE RIDE, MAKING ME WONDER IF THEY REALLY WERE UP IN THE SKY. THE BEST POPULAR SONG IS SUNG AT A BIG PARTY AT PEPE'S. IT IS "COME DANCE WITH ME". THE OTHER POP SONGS ARE "LOVELIEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR" AND THE TITLE SONG "SEVEN HILLS OF ROME" (WHICH MARIO TELLS US WAS VICTOR YOUNG'S VERY LAST SONG BEFORE DYING. THERE IS AN IMITATION SEQUENCE THAT HIGHLIGHTS MARIO'S TALENT FOR MIMICKING VOICES AND MANNERISMS. HE TAKES US FROM PERRY COMO TO FRANKIE LAINE TO DEAN MARTIN TO LOUIS ARMSTRONG. HE HAS A CHANCE TO DO AN ARIA AT A TALENT SHOW HE JOINES TO MAKE SOME MONEY (FIVE DOLLARS A PERFORMANCE). IN THE TEATRO LUIGGI THEATER HE SINGS "QUESTA O QUELLA" TO THE ACCOMPANIMENT OF COUSIN PEPE AND A SMALL BAND. THE OWNER HIRES HIM AS A PERMANENT FEATURE AND THE NEXT TIME THERE HE SINGS "LOLITA". HE SECURES A JOB AT THE ULPIA CLUB EVEN THOUGH HE WAS FIRST TURNED DOWN THERE. AS LANA WALKS OUT, HE HEARS ANOTHER TENOR SINGING THE FIRST LINE OR "BE MY LOVE" BAD TENOR SOUND VERY POOR. HE SHAKES HIS HEAD AND LEAVES. IT WAS SUPPOSEDLY MARIO'S OWN VOICE MAKING THE AWFUL TENOR'S VOICE. HE DOES LAND A JOB THERE BUT CAROL RUINS HIS PLANS BY SIDE TRACKING HIM ONTO A BOAT WHERE A PARTY IS HAPPENING. MARIO STARTS INTO A LOVELY FALSETTO "AY, AY, AY" AND ALMOST MAKES IT TO THE END UNTIL HE SEES THE TIME ON THE CLOCK AND SAYS, NOT SINGS, "AY, AY, AY". HE DOESN'T GET BACK HOME UNTIL THE NEXT MORNING. AS MARIO WALKS THE STREETS OF ROME HE SEES EXAMPLES OF HOW ITALY "DOESN'T IMPORT TENORS BUT EXPORTS THEM". A WOMAN SINGS AN ARIA, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE STREETS SINGING, AND FINALLY HE REACHES THE FAMOUS FOUNTAIN WHOSE NAME I CANNOT RECALL AND FINDS LITTLE LUISA DI MEO SINGING BUT NOT MAKING MUCH MONEY ALONG WITH HER ACCORDION ACCOMPANIST. HE TRIES TO HELP HER BY SINGING "ARRIVIDERCI ROMA" FIRST AS A SOLO AND LATER AS A DUET. INCIDENTALLY, LUISA IS ANOTHER OF THE WOMEN IN MARIO'S FILMS WHO IS STILL ALIVE. THERE IS A FAIRLY LONG INTERVIEW WITH HER AND AS SHE SPEAKS OF HER FONDNESS FOR MARIO, WHO BASICALLY FOUND HER ON THE STREETS AND INSISTED THEY WRITE HER INTO THE MOVIE. THE PLOT IS NEATLY TIED UP AFTER PEPE, WHO IS IN LOVE WITH RAFAELA, REALIZES THAT SHE SHOULD BE WITH MARIO. MARIO AT FIRST FEELS RAFAELA IS NOT FOR HIM BUT PEPE STANDS ASIDE AND AT THE VERY END SHOWS MARIO THE DIRECTION SHE HAS TAKEN. MARIO CATCHES UP TO HEAR AND HAND IN HAND THEY PRANCE DOWN THE HILL AS THE END TITLES COME UP. I MUST SAY I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED SEEING THE ONE FILM I PLAY THE LEAST. MAYBE I AM GETTING READY TO SEE IT AGAIN SATURDAY MARCH 12TH WHEN BILL RONAYNE WILL SHOW THE MOVIE AT THE MUSUEM ALONG WITH A TASTY LUNCHEON. IF YOU CAN MAKE IT, THE ADMISSION IS 30 DOLLARS AND RUNS FROM 1 PM TO APPROXIMATELY 4 PM. DO ARRIVE EARLY SINCE PARKING IS ALWAYS AT A PREMIUM. THERE IS SEATING FOR ABOUT 30 PEOPLE SO SIGN UP EARLY. INCIDENTALLY, THAT DATE IS ALSO THE SAME DATE THAT THE 10TH SEPIA RECORDS CD CALLED "THE IMMORTAL VOICE OF MARIO LANZA" WILL BE RELEASED.

SO MUCH FOR MY "QUICK REVIEW". WELL, AS LONG AS YOU LIKED READING, I WILL KEEP WRITING.
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SSAMUELIAN
24th February, 2022 23:56
AN IMPORTANT CORRECTION JUST SENT TO ME BY DEREK MANNERING:

She's 88, Sam, and I have no idea how to get in touch with her (HE IS SPEAKING OF JOHANNA). And she's not Mario's only living co-star, nor is she the oldest. That would be 93-year-old Ann Blyth, a lovely lady. THANKS FOR KEEPING ME ACCURATE, DEREK. I AM GLAD TO BE CORRECTED! JACQUELINE LYNCH IS ANN'S MOST PROLIFIC BIOGRAPHER. SHE CAN BE CONTACTED AT HER EMAIL ADDRESS: JACQUELINETLYNCH@gmail.com. SHE SUGGESTED A FEW WAYS TO TRY GETTING IN TOUCH WITH ANN BUT NONE OF THEM HAVE PAID OFF SO FAR.
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SSAMUELIAN
24th February, 2022 23:38
TONIGHT I DOUBLED MY PLEASURE. (SOUNDS LIKE AN AD FOR CONDOMS, LOL!). SERIOUSLY, I FIRST SCREENED "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE" IN FULL. THIS WAS MY FATHER'S FAVORITE LANZA FILM SINCE HE SERVED IN THE ARMY DURING WWII. I HAVE ALWAYS FOUND THIS A VERY PLEASANT FILM TO WATCH. NO DEEP DRAMA AS IN "SERENADE". ONLY GOOD FUN WITH JAMES WHITMORE, BOBBY VAN THE DANCER, DORETTA MORROW, THE STAR OF "THE KING AND I" ON BROADWAY, AND SPRING BYINGTON AS THE GENERAL'S WIFE. SONG HIGHLIGHTS ARE "GRANADA" AND THE END SONG "BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE".

THEN I PUT ON "FOR THE FIRST TIME" IN BEAUTIFUL TECHNICOLOR AND CINEMASCOPE. THE STANDARD DVD OF THIS LOOKS QUITE GOOD--SHARP, VERY RICH COLOR, AND EXCELLENT SOUND. MARIO DOES HIS BEST "O SOLE MIO" EVER, DOES A GREAT "VESTI LA GIUBBA" (AMONG HIS BEST EFFORTS FOR THIS ARIA), THE DRAMATIC "DEATH OF OTELLO", A SOFT AND LOVELY SCHUBERT "AVE MARIA", THE POP TUNE "COME PRIMA", AND THEN THE FULL ROME OPERA HOUSE FOR THE FINALE. WORD HAS IT THAT THE OPERA HOUSE MEMBERS CHEERED HIM AND WANTED HIM FOR THEIR NEXT SEASON. ALAS, THAT WAS NOT TO BE.

STAY WARM AND SAFE AND STAY AWAY FROM THAT RUSSIAN ASSHOLE VLADIMIR PUTIN!
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SSAMUELIAN
24th February, 2022 07:52
DIDN'T I TELL YOU DEREK MANNERING WOULD HAVE THE TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWER. IN FACT, HE WENT ONE STEP FURTHER BY CORRECTING WHAT I WROTE ABOUT MARIO'S FILM DIRECTORS. I'LL LET HIM SPEAK:

In an interview he gave to Peter Lind Hayes at the Villa Badoglio a week before he died, he mentioned his two dogs by name: Menasha and Skulnick. Unusual names to say the least, but that's what he called them.

And one correction. Norman Taurog directed Mario's first two movies, but "The Student Prince" was directed by Richard Thorpe after Mario and Curtis Bernhardt had moved on from the project. Thorpe, of course, also directed "The Great Caruso."

Derek
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SSAMUELIAN
23rd February, 2022 22:36
STEPHEN, IT LOOKS LIKE THERE IS NO BACK AND FORTH WAY TO GET AROUND THE SITE. DON'T YOU LOVE HOW THINGS ARE ALWAYS IMPROVING. IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT I WOULD TELL JEFF!

I DECIDED TO SPEND THE EVENING DOWN IN OUR THEATER WATCHING "THAT MIDNIGHT KISS". I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED IF THOMAS GOMEZ USED HIS REAL SINGING VOICE. WHEN HE DOES HIS PRACTICING "HEY--HEY--HEY" IT SURE SOUNDS LIKE IT. BUT THEN WHEN HE DOES ARIAS WITH KATHRYN GRAYSON I'M NOT SO SURE. CAN ANYONE ANSWER THAT? IN ANY EVENT, HIS PART AND THE WAY HE PLAYS IT BRINGS A LOT OF FUN TO THE MOVIE. I LIKE HOW MARIO MAKES HIS ENTRANCE WITH HIS BACK TO THE AUDIENCE. AND THE OPENING CREDITS SAY "INTRODUCING MARIO LANZA", A PRACTICE FILM STUDIOS HAVE USED FOR MANY YEARS. I FEEL HIS ACTING IS GOOD, VERY NATURAL. HIS TINTED HAIR WASN'T NECESSARY, AND OF COURSE THEY NEVER TRIED IT AGAIN. ELVIS HAD REDDISH BROWN HAIR AND AS HE BECAME MORE POPULAR HE DIED IT JET BLACK.

THE MUSICAL NUMBERS IN TMK ARE FIRST RATE AND NO ONE COULD CRITICIZE THE QUALITY OF THE SINGING. GRAYSON HITS THOSE "UP IN THE SKY" COLORATURA NOTES WITH A RANGE THAT EXTENDED FROM THOSE HIGHS DOWN TO WHAT SOMETIMES SOUNDS LIKE A MEZZO SOPRANO. ITURBI PLAYS THE PIANO BEAUTIFULLY AND HIS DUET WITH REAL LIFE SISTER AMPARO IS VERY FINE. I HAVE TO MENTION J. CARROLL NAISH. IN TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS HE PLAYED UNCLE NICKY AND HAD SOME OF THE BEST LINES IN THE MOVIE. HERE HIS PART IS SERIOUS AND HE HARDLY LOOKS LIKE THE SAME ACTOR. HIS "O SOLE MIO" ALSO MAKES ME WONDER IF THAT WAS HIS REAL VOICE?

I NOTICED THE FILM WAS DIRECTED BY NORMAN TAUROG. HE DIRECTED 180 FILMS (!) IN HIS CAREER THAT EXTENDED FROM 1920 TO 1968. HE DIRECTED NINE ELVIS PRESLEY MOVIES---MORE THAN ANY OTHER DIRECTOR HAD. HE DIRECTED TWO OF THE LANZA MOVIES AFTER TMK. ONE WAS "TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS" AND I BELIEVE THE OTHER WAS THE LANZA FILM WITHOUT LANZA BUT WITH HIS VOICE. I'M TALKING ABOUT "THE STUDENT PRINCE". IF ONLY HE HAD BEEN DIRECTOR FROM THE START AND IF DORY SCHARY HADN'T REPLACED LOUIS B. MAYER. WE WOULD HAVE HAD TWO MORE SOLID YEARS OF LANZA PRODUCTIVITY RATHER THAN THE FUNK HE DESCENDED INTO.

THE ONE ODDBALL THING ABOUT TMK IS THE OPERA CALLED "THE PRINCESS" THEY USED FOR THE FINALE. ALL THE SINGING UP TO THE END WERE ARIAS FROM OTHER "REAL" OPERAS. SO, WHY THEY MADE UP "THE PRINCESS" IS ANYONE'S GUESS. WELL, IF NOTHING ELSE, IT WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE MARIO DRESSED UP IN A VERY ATTRACTIVE BLUE COSTUME WITH GOLD ACCENTS.

I WILL END WITH A TRIVIA QUESTION. DID MARIO LIKE DOGS AND CAN YOU NAME SOME OF THE DOGS HE HAD? I CAN'T ANSWER IT MYSELF AND WILL GO TO DEREK MANNERING FOR THE ANSWER AND REPORT BACK TO YOU.
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Stephenvegas
23rd February, 2022 13:51
Well, I see my message was posted, but I don't see how to read past the posts on the first page. Or...is every post on one huge page? I'll probably have to play around a bit and hope I figure things out. If there is a 2nd page, how do I get to it?
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Stephenvegas
23rd February, 2022 13:43
Well, I just remembered I hadn't tried to get on the new forum since my failure to establish membership several months ago. So this is a test to try and get on. I didn't see how to get past the first page before establishing membership, so I'm hoping that won't be a problem now that I'm logged in.
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SSAMUELIAN
21st February, 2022 23:21
IT IS ME AGAIN YOU LUCKY PEOPLE. JUST KIDDING! I HAVE WHAT COULD BE A LIFE ALTERING EVENT TO FACE TOMORROW, WHICH IS HAVING TO STAND BEFORE A JUDGE(SOMETHING I HAVE NEVER DONE IN ALL MY YEARS) IN A CASE OVER PROPERTY DIVISION THAT COULD GET NASTY. WITHOUT GOING INTO A LONG EXPLANATION--AND ONE THAT IS VERY PERSONAL--I WILL GIVE YOU THE REASON I AM WRITING. OVER AND OVER IN MY HEAD I AM HEARING MARIO FROM "SERENADE" SINGING "MY DESTINY"!!
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SSAMUELIAN
19th February, 2022 22:43
HELLO MY FRIENDS! I DID SOME TESTING WITH BOTH OF MY PROJECTORS (THE LARGE WONDERFUL EPSON AND THE SMALL BUT MIGHTY 4K COSMOS MAX) AND NOTICED TWO DIFFERENCES WHICH MAY HAVE SOME MEANING TO YOU AS MOVIE BUFFS AND AS MARIO LANZA FANS. USING "THE GREAT CARUSO" AS MY TEST DVD, I SAW IMMEDIATELY UPON AN A-B COMPARISON THAT THE EPSON HAD A PICTURE AT LEAST 25 PERCENT BRIGHTER OR MORE. BUT THE MOST IMPRESSIVE PART, AND ONE I HAD NOT BEEN AWARE OF BEFORE IS THE SOUND. MANY HAVE TOLD ME THAT THE BLU RAY GREAT CARUSO NOT ONLY HAS THE BEST PICTURE IT POSSIBLY COULD (VERY, VERY TRUE) BUT ALSO HAS IMPROVED SOUND. IN FACT, THE SOUND IS AS SHARP AS THE PICTURE! I TURNED THE MUSIC UP TO BEYOND CONCERT LEVEL WITH MY SURROUND SOUND POURING OUT OF FIVE SPEAKERS AND DRIVEN BY A VERY POWERFUL AMPLIFIER. I COULD NOT GET THE SOUND TO DISTORT (AND MY EARS COULDN'T TAKE ANY MORE VOLUME"). I WATCHED THE ENTIRE FEATURE THAT WAY AND CAN SAY WITH CERTAINTY THAT THE SOUND IS MUCH IMPROVED. KNOWING THIS MAY NOT KEEP YOU WARM ON THESE WINTER NIGHTS, BUT IT WILL SURELY KEEP YOU HAPPY.
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SSAMUELIAN
16th February, 2022 14:50
I AM VERY SORRY TO SAY THAT CAROLE SHEA HAS BEEN STRICKEN WITH CANCER AGAIN. SHE BRAVELY BEAT THE ODDS WHEN A STRONG CASE OF IT HAD HER ENDURING A SEVERAL HOURS LONG OPERATION, AND THE DOCTORS FELT THEY "GOT IT ALL". SHE IS WEAK AND TRYING TO BEAT THE ODDS AGAIN. HOW ABOUT WE ALL SAY A PRAYER FOR HER IN SUPPORT. AS FAR AS I KNOW SHE IS THE ONLY LIVING COUSIN OF MARIO BESIDES HER BROTHER AL GAGLIARDI. OF COURSE MARIO'S ONLY LIVING CHILD IS ELISSA. SHE IS WELL AND A BIG SUPPORTER OF HER DAD'S LEGACY. SHE HAS TWO SONS BY A MR. BREGMAN. BREGMAN IS RELATED TO ONE OF MY SOAP OPERA HEROES ("THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS"), WHO IS A VERY PRETTY AND NEVER AGING ACTRESS WHO PLAYS "LAUREN" ON TV. HER FULL NAME IS TRACY BREGMAN.
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SSAMUELIAN
16th February, 2022 14:30
SHALL I SAY IT? DUH! HOW ABOUT AGAIN--DUH. AT THE MUSEUM ON THE 12TH, WE WILL BE TREATED TO A SHOWING OF "THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME" IN ITS ENTIRETY. THIS IS MARIO'S NEXT TO LAST MOVIE, MADE IN 1957. HE IS TRIM, HIS ACTING IS GOOD, AND HIS VOICE IS EXCELLENT. AND THE LOVE INTEREST "RAFAELLA"HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH A STUNNING CHEST! ALSO, THE FILM GIVES US A RARE GLIMPSE OF THE LANZA GIFT OF IMITATING OTHER VOICES. HE ESSAYS DEAN MARTIN, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, FRANKIE LAINE, AND PERRY COMO. THE KIDS LISTENING TO HIM ARE ENJOYING THE SHOW. ALL OF THE SINGERS FEATURED ARE ITALIAN. BUT ONE YOUNG GIRL NOTICES THAT LOUIS ARMSTRONG IS NOT ITALIAN. MARIO ANSWERS "HONEY HE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE" AND THEN PULLS OUT THE ARMSTRONG TRADEMARK HANDKERCHIEF AND WIPES HIS BROWN WHILE SINGING. I TRIED IMITATING SATCHMO AND ENDED UP WITH A SORE THROAT. I REMEMBER A STORY IN ONE OF THE MANY LANZA BIOGRAPHIES. MARIO IS IMITATING EZIO PINZA (HARD TO DO WITH PINZA'S DEEP BARITONE"). HE HEARS MARIO DOWN THE HALL AND SAYS "LANZA YOU SON OF A BITCH, WHERE ARE YOU"?! AND IN THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME MARIO SNEAKS IN ONE MORE IMITATION. HE HAS ASKED FOR A SINGING JOB AND IS TURNED DOWN. AS HE WALKS AWAY THE TENOR ALREADY THERE SPORTING A VERY BAD VOICE SINGS THE FIRST FEW LINES OF "BE MY LOVE" AND MARIO SHAKES HIS HEAD AS IF TO SAY "OH, NO". THE BAD TENOR IS ACTUALLY MARIO PRE-RECORDED! WELL, MY INITIAL "DUH" HAS BEEN SAVED BY ALL THE INFO IN THIS POST, I THINK!
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SSAMUELIAN
16th February, 2022 12:43
VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: THE NEW "UNDISCOVERED MARIO LANZA "SEPIA CD WILL START SHIPPING MARCH 12TH, WHICH IRONICALLY IS THE SAME DATE BILL'S NEXT MUSEUM FUNCTION WILL BE TAKING PLACE! THEY ARE BOTH A FEW DAYS SHY OF ONE MONTH. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU GUYS BUT I CAN'T WAIT.

I AM SORRY TO SEE SO MANY OF YOU CAN'T DEAL WITH THE NEW RENSE RULES. I HAD A HARD TIME TOO, UNTIL DEREK MCGOVERN HELPED ME. IF YOU WRITE TO ME AT MY EMAIL ADDRESS OF SMS5565@GMAIL.COM, I WILL TRY MY BEST TO GIVE YOU SOME GUIDANCE. WHEN I HEARD NOTHING ABOUT MY IN DEPTH "CAVALCADE OF SHOW TUNES" REVIEW, I KNEW MANY WERE HAVING PROBLEMS. WE WILL RECTIFY THIS OR ELSE THERE WILL BE NO NEW FORUM!
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SSAMUELIAN
15th February, 2022 00:41
I AM WRITING THIS ON BEHALF OF OUR GOOD FRIEND BILL RONAYNE. PRESIDENT OF THE MARIO LANZA INSTITUTE, BILL IS HOLDING A NICE EVENT AT THE NEW MARIO LANZA MUSEUM IN SOUTH PHILADELPHIA. THE DATE IS SATURDAY MARACH 12TH. IT STARTS AT 1 PM AND RUNS TO 4 PM. JUST TO SEE THE GREAT NEW MUSEUM IS A BIG THRILL AND YOU'LL LIKELY NEVER BE ABLE TO REMEMBER IT ALL SINCE THE PLACE IS SO WELL ARRANGED AND A HUGE IMPROVEMENT OVER THE OLD MUSUEM. I AM NOT SURE OF THE MENU FOR THE LUNCHEON BUT LAST TIME IT WAS
I BELIEVE HOAGIES, SALAD, BEVERAGES, AND DESSERT. ALSO AVAILABLE FOR SALE WILL BE LANZA CDS, BOOKS, WATCHES, AND MORE.ADMISSION IS 30.00. BILL WILL CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG ABOUT ANYTHING I WRITE HERE.OH, AND IF HE HAS NO DESSERT I CAN RECTIFY THAT BY BAKING MORE OF MY GREAT BUTTER COOKIES!
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SSAMUELIAN
14th February, 2022 23:36
Hi Sam,

Drop everything and head to YouTube, as Vince has put together a superb promo video for the Sepia Records CD:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFIPOKd8ls0

Start spreading the word!

Cheers,
Derek

I RECEIVED THIS GREAT NEWS WHEN OPENING THE EMAIL ABOVE. THE NEW SEPIA CD IS ENTITLED "THE UNDISCOVERED MARIO LANZA". THIS IS THE MOST EXCITING THING TO COME DOWN THE ROAD TO ALL LANZA FANS IN DOZENS AND DOZENS OF YEARS! YOU SEE, MANY OF THE RECORDINGS WERE FOUND ON MARIO'S ORIGINAL ACETATES (WITH THE BEST SOUND QUALITY). OTHERS CAME FROM ACETATES OTHER PEOPLE FOUND. AND SOME SIMPLY FROM EXISTING LP RECORDS THAT THE AMAZING SEPIA ENGINEERS WORKED THEIR MAGIC ON. WELL DEREK ABOVE SAID TO START SPREADING THE WORD AND I GUESS THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE DONE! NOTE THAT ON YOUTUBE YOU WILL NOT SEE JUST AUDIO BUT A FULL VIDEO PRESENTATION.
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SAM SAM
14th February, 2022 07:13
HERE IS MY REVIEW OF THE"CAVALCADE OF SHOW TUNES", THE WONDERFUL LP (OR CD) PRODUCED IN 1956 AND RELEASED IN 1957. THE TITLE REFERS TO THE FACT THAT ALL THE SONGS ARE FROM LIVE SHOWS.

FIRST LET ME SAY THAT THIS ALBUM NEARS PERFECTION FROM THE FIRST TRACK TO THE LAST. ONE BY ONE I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON THEM, SO HERE GOES:

SIDE ONE:

1-"LOVER COME BACK TO ME". THIS STARTS WITH AN UNUSUAL ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENT, SOUNDING MORE JAZZY THAN THE TYPICAL LANZA SONG. HE SINGS IT WITH GUSTO AS HE EMPHASIZES KEY WORDS LIKE BLUE, SINGING, EVERY,USED, AND A FEW MORE. THIS HOW MARIO APPROACHES NEARLY EVERY SONG OR ARIA HE SINGS. HE SAID IT HIMSELF: "I SING EVERY NOTE AS IF IT WERE MY LAST ONE ON EARTH". IT WAS WRITTEN BY HAMMERSTEIN AND ROMBERG AND APPEARED IN THE SHOW "THE NEW MOON".

2-"I'VE TOLD EV'RY LITTLE STAR". HAMMERSTEIN AND KERN ARE THE COMPOSERS THIS TIME. MARIO SINGS THIS WITH A BREEZY FEEL AND IT IS AS TENDER AS A FILET MIGNON, BUT IT WON'T GIVE YOU CALORIES. IT WILL SIMPLY MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. TWO "MARIOISMS" COME INTO PLAY. (THE WORD MARIOSIMS WAS COINED MANY YEARS AGO BY A GREAT LANZA FAN TO MEAN TRAITS OF HIS. FIRST IS THE ATTACK ON WORDS THAT ARE PRECEDED BY IT WITH A GLOTTAL SOUND. LIKE "TOLD EVERY LITTLE STAR JUST HOW SWEET I THINK YOU ARE (HUH!) WHY HAVEN'T I TOLD YOU". AM I MAKING MYSELF CLEAR? THE GLOTTAL "HUH" PRECEDES THE NEXT WORD. NEXT HE DOES THE VOCAL SLIDE, LIKE AT THE END WHEN HE SINGS "YOUOOOOOO" TAKING THE LISTENER ON A RIDE LIKE THE DESCENT OF A ROLLER COASTER. IT COMES FROM THE SHOW "MUSIC IN THE AIR".

3-"DONKEY SERENADE". THE SONG IS INTRODUCED TO US BY THE SHAKING OF SLEIGH BELLS.THIS SONG, OFTEN ATTRIBUTED TO ALAN JONES (JACK JONES' FATHER), IS FAMOUS. BUT LANZA SHOWS HIM UP TO BE SURE. THERE ARE A FEW INSTANCES WHERE HE HOLDS A NOTE AND GOES SHARP. LANZA HAD THIS TENDENCY, EVEN TELLING HIS YOUNG DAUGHTER IN A HOME RECORDING "YOU SING SHARP JUST LIKE DADDY". HIS DAZZLING BREATH CONTROL IS ON DISPLAY WHEN HE SINGS "IS SHE OOOOOOOOOOOOH" HOLDING THE NOTE FOR QUITE A FEW SECONDS AND THEN GOING INTO THE NEXT PHRASE. HE DOES THE SAME THE SECOND TIME THE PHRASE APPEARS. I TIMED THE NOTE AND IT CLOCKED AT A FULL TEN SECONDS! THIS IS FROM THE SHOW "THE FIREFLY", MAKING IT THE ONLY SONG IN THE ALBUM THAT HAD NOT COME FROM A SHOW BUT RATHER WAS SIMPLY A SINGLE SONG.HE ENDS WITH A FUN "OLAY"!

4-"ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE". PENNED BY HAMMERSTEIN AND KERN. ON THE FIRST WORD "YOU" HE TAKES US ON ANOTHER CARNIVAL RIDE BUT THIS ONE GOES FROM DOWN TO UP. AND IN THIS SONG WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THE CRISP DICTION HE WAS KNOWN FOR. FRANK SINATRA HAD GREAT DICTION TOO. THE LISTENER CAN MAKE OUT EVERY WORD. ROCK STARS TODAY SHOULD TAKE NOTE SINCE MANY TIMES IN ONE SONG THE LISTENER CANNOT TELL WHAT IS BEING SAID. HE ALSO PHRASES BROADLY WITHOUT TAKING A BREATH AT THE PLACE WHERE ONE WOULD NORMALLY DO. I KNOW A VERY SPECIAL HARMONY TO ADD TO ANYONE SINGING THE MELODY. MAYBE SOMETIME I'LL SING IT FOR YOU. I FIRST LEARNED THIS SONG IN HIGH SCHOOL. THE FINAL NOTE IS ONE OF THOSE GOLDEN ONES MANY TENORS WISHED THEY HAD.

5-"GIANNINA MIA". WRITTEN BY HARBACH AND FRIML. THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT COMPOSERS LISTED SO FAR. CROONING IS AN ADVANTAGE FOR THIS SONG, WHICH OTHERWISE MAY HAVE BEEN SUNG LIKE AN OPERATIC TENOR WOULD. OF COURSE WE KNOW MARIO COULD HAVE SUNG IT EITHER WAY SINCE HE IS AMONG THE FIRST CROSSOVER ARTISTS. AT THE END HE EMPLOYS SOMETHING THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED STRANGE AS HE SINGS WITHOUT WORDS "UH, UH UH, UH, UHAAAAAA". AND THERE COMES A CUTE PRACTICE OF TAKING ONE WORD AND AND ADDING SYLLABLES TO IT, "MIA" BECOMING "ME-HE-HE-AH".THE SHOW IT CAME FROM IS "THE FIREFLY".

6-"ROSE MARIE". CAN YOU BELIEVE HAMMERSTEIN IS AT THE COMPOSER'S TABLE AGAIN? THIS TIME HE COMES WITH FRIML AND STOTHART. THIS HAS A MELODY THAT LINGERS LONG AFTER IT IS DONE. LIKE MANY GOLDEN AGE TENORS HE OFTEN HAS A TEAR IN HIS VOICE. AND WE THRILL ONCE MORE TO A GOLDEN NOTE AT THE END WHICH HAS THE ADDED DISTINCTION OF BEING HELD A GOOD SEVEN SECONDS ALONG WITH SPOT ON RINGING. THE RINGING IS JUST LIKE A BIG BELL! IT IS THE TITLE SONG OF A SHOW CALLED-- WHAT ELSE-- "ROSE MARIE".

SIDE TWO:

1-"YOURS IS MY HEART ALONE". A FELLOW NAMED SMITH AND ANOTHER NAMED LEHAR PUT THE PEN TO PAPER HERE. MARIO GIVES IT ALL HE'S GOT AND SINGS IT BROADLY WITH INTENSITY ABOUNDING. THE SHOW IT COMES FROM IS "THE LAND OF SMILES", A VERY UNUSUAL TITLE INDEED.

2-"THINE ALONE". BLOSSOM AND HERBERT MUST HAVE SAT AT A TYPEWRITER KNOCKING THIS ONE OUT WITH TALENT LIKE NO COMPOSERS TODAY HAVE. NICE WORK BY A FELLOW NAMED LANZA WHO JUMPS RIGHT INTO IT WHILE SEEMINGLY NOT STOPPING TO TAKE A BREATH. NOTE THAT IT SEEMS TO END ABRUPTLY. FOR SOME REASON AN ENGINEER MUST HAVE SHUT THE RECORDER EARLY. LATER RELEASES INCLUDE THE ADDED "THINE ALOOOONE". THEY SHOULD HAVE LET THE LONGER ENDING GO BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONLY FLAW IN THE ENTIRE RECORD AS MARIO'S FINAL NOTE IS "WHITE" AND STRAINED. IT COMES FROM THE SHOW "EILEEN".

3-"WILL YOU REMEMBER" OR "SWEETHEART". TAKE YOUR PICK OF THE TWO DIFFERENT TITLES. MARIO HITS SOME NOTES THAT ARE LOW FOR HIM (AND AMATEURS USUALLY PUT THEIR HEADS DOWN WHEN ATTEMPTING IT), BUT HE EASES INTO THEM SO THEY SOUND NATURAL. THE SHOW IT COMES FROM IS "MAYTIME". I BELIEVE NELSON EDDY AND JEANETTE MACDONALD APPEARED IN THE FILM OF THE SAME TITLE. I AM A FAN OF NEITHER. EDDY HAS ALWAYS SOUNDED WOODEN TO ME. AND MACDONALD, SWEET AS SHE IS, HAS A SMALL VOICE THAT IS NICE AND WAS VERY POPULAR IN HER DAY. IT COMES FROM THE SHOW "VERY WARM FOR MAY".

4-"GYPSY LOVE SONG". (OR "SLUMBER ON MY LITTLE GYPSY SWEETHEART"). WRITER SMITH APPEARS AGAIN, THIS TIME WITH VICTOR HERBERT. MARIO PUTS HIS "LOVERLY' AND SELDOM USED FALSETTO INTO USE AT TIMES. HIS WAS A VERY SWEET FALSETTO. THE SHOW IT COMES FROM IS "THE FORTUNE TELLER".

5-"ONLY A ROSE". ONE COMPOSER IS HOOKER (HMMM, PROSTITUTES GET READY TO LISTEN!). JUST KIDDING, SINCE HOOKER IS PAIRED WITH THE GREAT RUDOLPH FRIML. THE CHORUS IS PROMINENT IN THIS SONG. HE STARTS OUT STRONG AND THEN EASES UP. (AND I HAVE FORGOTTEN TO GIVE THE FINE CHORUS CREDIT IN OTHER SONGS THROUGHOUT THE ALBUM). THIS IS THE THIRD GEM ON THIS RECORD THAT ENDS WITH A GLORIOUS RINGING NOTE THAT WOULD MAKE MARIO'S IDOL, ENRICO CARUSO, PROUD. THE GOLDEN HIGH NOTE, IN MY OPINION, IS THE GREATEST EVER. IT TIMES OUT AT ABOUT 9 SECONDS. THIS COMES FROM THE NOTEWORTHY SHOW "THE VAGABOND KING" THAT MARIO ESSAYED IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS OF HIS LIFE. WHEN THE QUALITY OF THE LATE "VAGABOND KIND" IS GIVEN A FIRST CLASS SEPIA TREATMENT WE SEE HOW GOOD HIS SINGING WAS EVEN IN HIS LAST MONTHS ON EARTH.

6-"TRAMP, TRAMP, TRAMP". PENNED BY YOUNG AND ONCE MORE WITH HERBERT. SINATRA COULD HAVE ADAPTED THIS WHEN HE SANG "THE LADY IS A TRAMP" BY SINGING "THE LADY IS A TRAMP, TRAMP, TRAMP". THAT'S JUST A JOKE!. FRANK SANG THIS TO A SOMEWHAT INSULTED RITA HAYWORTH IN "PAL JOEY". ACTUALLY, FRANK SANG THIS SONG THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER BUT THE ONE IN THE MOVIE IS SPECIAL WITH IT'S SMOOTH, EASY STYLE. I LOVE THIS: ON THE FIRST ROUND OF THE SONG HE SINGS "SHE'S BROKE BUT IT'S OK" BUT ON THE SECOND ROUND, HE DOESN'T SING "BUT IT'S OK" AND INSTEAD JUST SHRUGS HIS SHOULDERS! I HAVE ALSO HEARD HIM SING IT THIS WAY--"SHE'S BROKE, OH WHAT THE HELL"! (GO LISTEN TO THE VARIOUS ONES ON YOUTUBE). THE SONG FEATURES TONY THE TIGER, BETTER KNOWN AS THURL RAVENSCROFT--HE WITH THE UNBELIEVABLY DEEP VOICE THAT WAS BEST KNOWN ADVERTISING KELLOGS CEREAL SAYING "THEY'RE GRRRRREAT"! TO ME THIS SONG HAS ALWAYS SOUNDED LIKE IT BELONGED ON ANOTHER ALBUM. THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT IT I CAN'T PUT INTO WORDS. HOWEVER MARIO DOES A VERY COMPETENT JOB WITH IT. I WISH THE PRODUCERS COULD HAVE FOUND A BETTER SONG TO CLOSE THE ALBUM. THE FINAL NOTE IS NOT AS HIGH AS ROSE MARIE, ONLY A ROSE, ETC, BUT IS HIGH ENOUGH TO SOUND QUITE GOOD. A LITTLE STORY FROM MY EXPERIENCE FOLLOWS: IN HIGH SCHOOL I WAS AN "A" STUDENT EXCEPT FOR PHYSICS WHICH ELUDED ME AND I FLUNKED IT. RATHER THAN RUIN MY AVERAGE I SIMPLY DROPPED PHYSICS AND SPENT THE EXTRA HOUR WITH MY HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHER. SOMETIMES WE WOULD TAKE A RIDE IN HIS GERMAN CAR THAT DRANK ONLY DIESEL FUEL WHILE THE SWITCH TO TURN IT ON READ "FAHRT". ALWAYS GOOD FOR A LAUGH. OR WE WOULD STAY IN THE LARGE MUSIC ROOM AND TELL JOKES OR PLAY RECORDS ON THE BRAND NEW RCA TWO UNIT STEREO THAT WAS JUST PURCHASED. ONE DAY I PROUDLY CAME IN CARRYING MY "CAVALCADE" ALBUM AND WE PLAYED IT FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END. I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT MR. DENGLER SAID AT THE CONCLUSION: "I AM EMOTIONALLY WRUNG OUT". YES, MARIO CAN EASILY HAVE THAT EFFECT ON HIS AUDIENCE. AND WE WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY, RIGHT? THE SONG COMES FROM THE SHOW "NAUGHTY MARIETTA".(ANOTHER FILM EDDY AND MACDONALD MADE AND ONE THAT IS ARGUABLY CONSIDERED THEIR BEST.

INCIDENTALLY, IN ENDING THIS REVIEW I MUST GIVE CREDIT TO THE CHOIR AS THEY DID AND OUTSTANDING JOB. THEY WERE WELL KNOWN BACK THEN AS THE "JEFF ALEXANDER CHOIR". THE ORCHESTRA WAS LED BY HENRI RENE, WHO ALSO LEFT BEHIND SOME REMARKABLY WELL INTERPRETED MUSIC.

IF I HAVE MADE YOU WANT TO GO TO AMAZON AND BUY THE LP, A USED ONE CAN BE BOUGHT FOR FOUR BUCKS. EBAY'S LP IS PRICED AT 20.00 AND IS PAIRED WITH "SERENADE" AS A DOUBLE SET. EBAY WILL LET YOU HAVE THE LP FOR ONLY 1.69. WHILE AMAZON WILL HIT YOU UP FOR 23.00.

THUS ENDS THE SAM SAMUELIAN REVIEW OF "CAVALCADE OF SHOW TUNES".

Thanks for the tip!Awesome, thanks!
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David Weaver
13th February, 2022 12:48
Hello all, in an effort to make it possible to post without registration, Jeff Rense has had his website manager change the forum to an open system. You may recall that in the old QuickTopic forum when it was open that the site was inundated with spam. Hopefully that will not be a problem.
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LanzaFan
13th February, 2022 09:56
After thirty years of singing professionally and listening to the singing voice for far longer than that, it is my belief that the ability to phrase - as beautifully and consistently as Lanza did - is not something that can be taught. For Mario, it existed within him and he knew it, to a degree. With all the bravado, devilish fun and Hollywood PR hype that he was forced to fill his interviews with - especially in the beginning - he knew there was something going on there.

How often did he say, in interviews, "I feel the song completely." or "I sing the song as if it were the last time it would be heard on earth." I have wondered, for some time, if Mario was ever really aware of what he was actually doing, what he was capable of and how incredibly rare this ability is.
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N-Man
13th February, 2022 09:16
 
Mario Lanza had a curious relationship with the press, a relationship with extraordinary influence on his rise to fame, on his most challenging personal times, and how his voice and his music were and are remembered. These press clippings are representative of thousands of stories in the international press during his lifetime.

 

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