Casanova's Big Night

Casanova's Big Night

Bob Hope
Director: Norman Z. McLeod Cast: Bob Hope
Bob Hope
, Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
, Audrey Dalton
Audrey Dalton
Norman Z. McLeod


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Bob Hope tries to capture the comic magic of his 1946 costume farce Monsieur Beaucaire with the splashy Technicolor romp Casanova's Big Night (filmed in 1952, released in 1954). Set in 18th century Venice, the film casts Hope as Pippo, the humble tailor of notorious ladies' man Casanova (an unbilled Vincent Price). When Casanova skips town without paying his debts, the local tradesman's guild, led by Casanova's butler Lucio (Basil Rathbone), conspire to pass off one of their number as the great lover and arrange a profitable marriage. Selected to impersonate Casanova is the hapless Pippo, who soon afterward is hired by the imperious Duchess of Castelbello (Hope Emerson) to test the fidelity of the duchess' future daughter-in-law Elena (Audrey Dalton). Along the way, Pippo is given lessons in etiquette and swordsmanship by both Lucio and tradeswoman Francesca (Joan Fontaine). Eventually, Pippo finds himself up to his neck in court intrigue, courtesy of the scheming Doge of Venice (Arnold Moss). Further complications include a couple of hilarious swashbuckling scenes, an interlude in a dungeon with addlepated prisoner Emo (Lon Chaney), and the obligatory disguise scene. The Pirandellian ending of Casanova's Big Night was later imitated by such films as The Maltese Bippy (1969) and Wayne's World (1992). Bob Hope is in fine form, the production is sumptuous and the supporting cast superb, but somehow there's a little something missing in Casanova's Big Night.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2005
UPC: 0097360531640
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:25:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen format; Dolby Digital: English Mono; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Pippo Popolino
Joan Fontaine Francesca Bruni
Audrey Dalton Elena
Basil Rathbone Lucio
Hugh Marlowe Stefano Di Gambetta
Arnold Moss The Doge of Venice
John Carradine Minister Foressi
John Hoyt Maggiomi
Hope Emerson Duchess of Castelbello
Robert Hutton Raphael Duc of Castelbello
Lon Chaney Emo
Raymond Burr Bragadin
Frieda Inescort Signora Di Gambetta
Primo Carnera Corfa
Frank Puglia Carabaccio
Paul Cavanagh Signor Di Gambetta
Romo Vincent Giovanni
Henry Brandon Capt. Rugello
Natalie Schafer Signora Foressi
Douglas Fowley Second Prisoner
Lucien Littlefield First Prisoner
Oliver Blake Amadeo
Nestor Paiva Gnocchi
Joan Shawlee Beatrice
Barbara Freking Maria
Vincent Price Casanova

Technical Credits
Norman Z. McLeod Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Ross Dowd Set Decoration/Design
Josephine Earl Choreography
Ray Evans Score Composer,Songwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Edmund L. Hartmann Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ellsworth Hoagland Editor
Paul Jones Producer
Hal Kanter Screenwriter
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
Jay Livingston Score Composer,Songwriter
Michael D. Moore Asst. Director
Lyn Murray Score Composer
Albert Nozaki Art Director
Hal Pereira Art Director
Yvonne Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Casanova's Big Night
1. Impersonating Casanova [1:25]
2. Escaping Debt [6:09]
3. A Business Oppprtunity [3:10]
4. Venice Arrival [:18]
5. Fencing Lessons [8:52]
6. Dinner Entertainment [8:27]
7. Spoils of the Victor [1:12]
8. Late Night Visit [4:36]
9. Prison Time [11:01]
10. Evading Execution [:18]
11. The Baron and the Baroness [4:41]
12. A Special Ending [4:57]
13. Chapter 13 [4:14]
14. Chapter 14 [1:59]
15. Chapter 15 [6:21]
16. Chapter 16 [:35]
17. Chapter 17 [5:54]
18. Chapter 18 [1:06]
19. Chapter 19 [5:11]
20. Chapter 20 [4:56]
21. Chapter 21 [:10]
22. Chapter 22 [:00]

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