It was an interesting movie and it held my attention, then this man started to sing Vesti la Giubba, a famous tenor aria from the opera Pagliacci. Enrico Caruso made it famous with a recording in 1904, which was the first million selling record in history. I heard bits and pieces of this song in the past, but the way Mario Lanza sounded blew me away. I haven't heard a version I like better, not even Placido sings it like Mario.
After watching this film, I had to find out what other movies Mario Lanza had made and what other music had he performed.Winged Victory, 1944 (uncredited chorus member)
That Midnight Kiss, 1949
The Toast of New Orleans, 1950
The Great Caruso, 1951
Because You're Mine, 1952
Seven Hills of Rome, 1958
For the First Time, 1959
The one's I saw are in red. He was an OK actor, I think if he had time, he could have developed into one of the greats. Unfortunatley, he would not get that chance.
In April 1959, Lanza suffered a minor heart attack, followed by double pneumonia in August. He died in Rome in October of that year at the age of 38 from a pulmonary embolism after undergoing a controversial weight loss program colloquially known as "the twilight sleep treatment," which required its patients to be kept immobile and sedated for prolonged periods.
Betty, his widow, moved back to Hollywood (from Rome) with their four children, but died five months later at the age of 37 (Drug OD).
Does this story get happier? Nope. In 1991, Marc, the younger of their two sons, died of a heart attack at the age of 37; six years later, Colleen, their elder daughter, was killed at the age of 48 when she was struck by two passing vehicles on a highway. Damon Lanza, the couple's eldest son, died in August 2008 of a heart attack at the age of 55.Elisa is the only child still living.