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Melba(1953)

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Brief Synopsis

The highly fictionalized story of Nellie Melba, Australian-born soporano who rose to operatic fame in the latter part of the 19th century and who had a desert and form of dry toast (true) named after her. In her film debut, the Metropolitan opera's Patrice Munsel, plays the title role in a film that primarily strings together eight excerts from well-known operas as well as one or two lighter numbers and a montage of famous opera personalities featuring the chorus of the Covent Garden Opera and members of the Sadler Wells Ballet. The story follows the career of Melba from the time she left her father's Australian cattle ranch and a suitor to travel to Paris to get her voice training, and picks up another suitor. She debuts in Brussells and is a smash hit followed by international fame. The suitor from Australia shows up in Monte Carlo, marries her and soon is cast in the role of "Mr. Melba" until he can take it no longer and returns to Australia, while Melba decides her voice belongs to the world and sadly goes on alone.

Cast & Crew

Patrice Munsel Nellie Melba
Robert Morley Oscar Hammerstein
John McCallum Charles Armstrong
John Justin Eric Walton
Martita Hunt Madame Mathilde Marchesi
Alec Clunes Cesar Carlton
Violetta Elvin Prima ballerina--Sadlers Wells Ballet By Courtesy of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Limited
Sybil Thorndike Queen Victoria
Joseph Tomelty Thomas Mitchell
Beatrice Varley Aunt Catherine
Noel Purcell Minister
Theodore Bikel Paul Brotha
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: 24 Jun 1953
Release Date:  1953 Production Date:  An S. P. Eagle Production
EBX; AMPASA* - 7 double reels, UCLA has 35mm print R-A3-182-2X, M54159 5 double reels (short version? cut after premiere??)
Color/B&W:  Color (Technicolor) Distributions Co:  United Artists Corp.
Sound:  Stereo Production Co:  Horizon Pictures (G.B.) Ltd.
Duration(mins):  113 or 115 Country:  Great Britain and United States
Duration(feet):  10,170    
Duration(reels):  14    

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