Mario Lanza and Ann Blyth in The Great Caruso (1951)

German photo-card. Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Publicity still for The Great Caruso (Richard Thorpe, 1951).


Mario Lanza (1921–1959) was an American tenor, actor and Hollywood film star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. His masterpiece was The Great Caruso (Richard Thorpe, 1951), the top-grossing film in the world in 1951. Lanza’s voice was so dazzling that an awestruck Arturo Toscanini called it the “voice of the century”.


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