- Strictly Dishonorable (1951 film)
name = Strictly Dishonorable
caption = title card
Melvin Frank Norman Panama
producer = Melvin Frank
Ezio Pinza Janet Leigh
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Lennie Hayton
cinematography = Ray June
3 Julyfy|1951 "(US)"
runtime = 86 minutes
country = FilmUS
language = English
imdb_id = 0044082
"Strictly Dishonorable" is a fy|1951
romantic comedyfilm written, produced and directed by Melvin Frankand Norman Panama, and starring Ezio Pinzaand Janet Leigh. It is the second film to be based on Preston Sturges' 1929 hit Broadway play of the same name after a pre-Codefilm released by Universal Picturesin fy|1931 with the same title.
In New York in the 1920s, amorous opera star Augustino "Gus" Caraffa (
Ezio Pinza) crosses paths with Isabelle Perry ( Janet Leigh), a naive music student from Mississippi who is his biggest fan. When a news photographer catches them in a kiss, it is proposed that they get married in name only to avoid a scandal. Isabelle, who is in love with Gus, agrees to the charade, hoping that he will eventuallly fall in love with her. [TCM [http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=14986&category=Full%20Synopsis Full synopsis] ] [Erickson, Hal [http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=1:112072~T0 Plot synopsis (Allmovie)] ]
*Opera star Ezio Pinza had previously shot the film "
Mr. Imperium" before working on "Strictly Dishonorable", but the current film was released first, so it marks his dramatic acting debut. Pinza went on to make only one more film, " Tonight We Sing" (fy|1953), with Roberta Petersand Isaac Stern. [imdb name|0684753|Ezio Pinza] [imdb title|0046441|Tonight We Sing]
Greta Garbo, John Gilbertand Lewis Stoneamong others, appear in archival footage from the silent film " A Woman of Affairs" (fy|1928). Stone played the part of "Judge Dempsey" in the 1931 version of "Strictly Dishonorable". [imdb title|0044082|Strictly Dishonorable (1951)]
*"Dempsey" was the maiden name of Preston Sturges' mother.
*The prolific comic character actress
Kathleen Freemanappears uncredited as a movie theatre organist.
*Scott R. Beal, who appears uncredited in the bit part of a vendor, was primarily an assistant director. He received an
Academy Awardas "Best Assistant Director" in 1934 and was nominated again in 1935. [imdb name|0063634|Scott R. Beal]
*"I'll See You in My Dreams" - by
Isham Jones(music) and Gus Kahn(lyrics)
*"Everything I Have Is Yours" - by
Burton Lane(music) and Harold Adamson(lyrics)
*"La veau d'or" from the opera "Faust" - by
Charles Gounod(music) and Jules Barbierand Michel Carré(libretto)
*"Se a caso madama" from the opera "Le nozze di Figaro" - by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart(music) and Lorenzo da Ponte(libretto)
*Unnamed aria from the opera "Il ritorno di Césare" - by
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco(music and lyrics) [TCM [http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=14986&category=Music Music] ]
*"Il ritorno di Césare" is a fictitious opera, created by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco for the film, and staged by Vladimir Rosing.TCM [http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=14986&category=Notes Notes] ]
Preston Sturgesapproached MGMwith the idea of doing a remake of "Strictly Dishonorable" with Ezio Pinza, and received $60,000 for the rights, but was disappointed when he wasn't hired to write the screenplay for the film.
"Strictly Dishonorable" was in production from mid-January to mid-March fy|1951, [TCM [http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=14986&category=Overview Overview] ] and was released on
3 Julyof that year. [IMDB [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044082/releaseinfo Release dates] ]
Strictly Dishonorable (play)
Strictly Dishonorable (1931 film)
*ibdb title|9432|Strictly Dishonorable
*imdb title|0044082|Strictly Dishonorable (1951)
*tcmdb title|14986|Strictly Dishonorable (1951)
*amg movie|1:112072|Strictly Dishonorable (1951)
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