The Toast of New Orleans (1950)

96-98 mins | Musical | 29 September 1950

Director:

Norman Taurog

Producer:

Joe Pasternak

Cinematographer:

William Snyder

Editor:

Gene Ruggiero

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Daniel B. Cathcart

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working titles for this film were Serenade to Suzette , Kiss of Fire and This Weekend Is Yours . The film marked the motion picture acting debut of composer and conductor Richard Hageman. According to a Dec 1949 DV news item, Armando Agnini, who staged the opera sequences in the film, worked for the Metropoitan Opera. Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn's song "Be My Love" was nominated for an Academy ... More Less

The working titles for this film were Serenade to Suzette , Kiss of Fire and This Weekend Is Yours . The film marked the motion picture acting debut of composer and conductor Richard Hageman. According to a Dec 1949 DV news item, Armando Agnini, who staged the opera sequences in the film, worked for the Metropoitan Opera. Nicholas Brodszky and Sammy Cahn's song "Be My Love" was nominated for an Academy Award. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
26 Aug 1950.
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Daily Variety
15 Dec 49
p. 6.
Daily Variety
24 Aug 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Aug 50
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 49
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Aug 49
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 49
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 50
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 50
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Aug 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Aug 50
p. 450.
New York Times
30 Sep 50
p. 13.
Variety
30 Aug 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Gaffer
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Women's cost
Men's cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Operatic numbers cond
SOUND
Rec supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
Dances staged by
MAKEUP
Hair styles des
Hairstylist
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Opera sequences stage by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultants
Technicolor col consultants
SOURCES
SONGS
"O luce di quest' anima," music and lyrics by Gaetano Donizetti
"Je suis Titania" from the opera Mignon , music by Ambroise Thomas, libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
"Là ci darem la mano" from the opera Don Giovanni , music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
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SONGS
"O luce di quest' anima," music and lyrics by Gaetano Donizetti
"Je suis Titania" from the opera Mignon , music by Ambroise Thomas, libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
"Là ci darem la mano" from the opera Don Giovanni , music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
"Brindisi" and "Libiamo ne'lieti callici" from the opera La traviata , music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
"Flower Song" from the opera Carmen , music by Georges Bizet, libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
duet from the opera Madama Butterfly , music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
"M'appari," from the opera Martha, oder Der Markt von Richmond , music by Friedrich von Flotow, libretto by Friedrich Wilhelm Riese
"The Toast of New Orleans," "Be My Love," "The Tina-lina," "Boom Biddy Boom Boom," "I'll Never Love You" and "Bayou Lullaby," music by Nicholas Brodszky, lyrics by Sammy Cahn.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Kiss of Fire
This Weekend Is Yours
Serenade to Suzette
Release Date:
29 September 1950
Production Date:
late December 1949--early March 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 August 1950
Copyright Number:
LP350
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
96-98
Length(in feet):
8,716
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14504
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the early 1900s, in the swamplands of Louisiana, the Cajun fishing village of Bayou Minou is buzzing with activity as it prepares for the annual celebration of the blessing of the fishing fleet. During the festival, the village hosts two guests of honor from New Orleans: opera star Suzette Micheline and opera director Jacques Riboudeaux. Soon after arriving in Bayou Minou, Suzette, who has a romantic understanding with Jacques, meets the handsome and uncouth Pepe Abellard Duvalle, the nephew of fisherman Nicky Duvalle. Though Suzette is initially attracted to Pepe, she soon becomes perturbed by his crude manners, and is angered when he interrupts her musical recital at the festival and turns her solo into a duet. Jacques, however, is greatly impressed with Pepe's beautiful tenor voice, and invites Pepe to train in New Orleans and sing in his opera. Pepe initially rejects the offer, but later changes his mind when a ferocious storm sinks his uncle's fishing boat. Pepe and Nicky leave Bayou Minou in the hope that Pepe will be able to make enough money to buy a new boat. Soon after Pepe arrives in New Orleans, Jacques decides he must make Pepe more presentable in public, and enlists the help of Suzette to soften his "rough edges." Jacques also hires his well-heeled friend Oscar to teach Jacques some high society manner. Jacques later takes Pepe to Maestro P. Trellini, who is amazed at Pepe's voice and agrees to train him. One evening, Pepe and Nicky join Jacques and Suzette for an elegant dinner at a fancy restaurant, but they nearly spoil the evening with their crude country manners. While Oscar continues to teach ... +


In the early 1900s, in the swamplands of Louisiana, the Cajun fishing village of Bayou Minou is buzzing with activity as it prepares for the annual celebration of the blessing of the fishing fleet. During the festival, the village hosts two guests of honor from New Orleans: opera star Suzette Micheline and opera director Jacques Riboudeaux. Soon after arriving in Bayou Minou, Suzette, who has a romantic understanding with Jacques, meets the handsome and uncouth Pepe Abellard Duvalle, the nephew of fisherman Nicky Duvalle. Though Suzette is initially attracted to Pepe, she soon becomes perturbed by his crude manners, and is angered when he interrupts her musical recital at the festival and turns her solo into a duet. Jacques, however, is greatly impressed with Pepe's beautiful tenor voice, and invites Pepe to train in New Orleans and sing in his opera. Pepe initially rejects the offer, but later changes his mind when a ferocious storm sinks his uncle's fishing boat. Pepe and Nicky leave Bayou Minou in the hope that Pepe will be able to make enough money to buy a new boat. Soon after Pepe arrives in New Orleans, Jacques decides he must make Pepe more presentable in public, and enlists the help of Suzette to soften his "rough edges." Jacques also hires his well-heeled friend Oscar to teach Jacques some high society manner. Jacques later takes Pepe to Maestro P. Trellini, who is amazed at Pepe's voice and agrees to train him. One evening, Pepe and Nicky join Jacques and Suzette for an elegant dinner at a fancy restaurant, but they nearly spoil the evening with their crude country manners. While Oscar continues to teach Pepe about social graces, Trellini makes great progress training Pepe's voice. Jacques eventually becomes so confident in his new tenor that he makes plans to include Pepe in a worldwide tour of his opera. Suzette takes great pleasure in refining Pepe's behavior and tastes, and a romance appears inevitable. Suzette, however, is torn between her attraction to Pepe and her desire to please Jacques, who is responsible for advancing her singing career. One day, when Pepe tries to kiss Suzette, she rejects him and then hurriedly asks Jacques to marry her. Nicky, meanwhile, becomes homesick and impatient with his nephew's efforts to become rich and vows to return to Bayou Manou. Later, Pepe tells Jacques that he is in love with Suzette and that he intends to leave New Orleans because she has spurned him. Although Jacques now realizes that Suzette proposed to him only to save her career, he encourages Pepe to stay in New Orleans and continue his opera training. Tina and Pierre, two of Pepe's friends from Bayou Manou, visit Pepe one day, but they are disappointed when they discover that their fun-loving friend has become cold and rigid. Eventually, Suzette and Jacques, too, become alarmed at the change in Pepe's personality. After rejecting a marriage proposal from Pepe, Suzette explains to Jacques that she was in love with Pepe before he became so refined, but no longer has feelings for him. When Tina and Pierre leave New Orleans because they are bored, Pepe finally realizes that he has changed for the worse. During a performance of Madame Butterfly , Pepe reverts to his natural behavior and, as a result, is able to reignite his romance with Suzette. +

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