Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mr Imperium (1952)

A young singer (Lana Turner) on tour in Italy meets and falls in love with a crown prince (Ezio Pinza). As far as MGM musicals go it falls a bit flat and was certainly a flop at the time. It's not bad but it is exceptionally short (87 minutes) and ends extremely abruptly. Pinza, fresh from South Pacific, is in magnificent voice but his grand operatic manner tends to overwhelm Miss Turner (whose own voice was dubbed). These were bad times for her, with a string of bad films to follow. But she's as lovely as ever. Things are a bit creepy at the start of the film, what with Pinza being about twice the age of his leading lady but it ends up as quite a lovely romance between an adult couple. Just one that ends very quickly. Oh and I should mention that it's also got a very young pre-Singing in the rain Debbie Reynolds. Cute as a button!

I'm still sick and snotty and grumpy. Hurrah for Channel Go! and its endless repeats of I dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, Hogan's heroes, The Jetsons and The Flinstones. Just what a sick girl needs.

1 comment:

Sailor Lily said...

I love 'Go' and regularly find myself saying "well Finn is napping and its 4pm, gosh-darn it must be favorite 60's double-bill hour!"...then there's 'The Thunderbirds' early Saturday morning: so very creepy.
hope you feel better soon.
sailor lil.