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One Night of Love
One Night of Love
is a 1934 American Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
romantic musical film set in the opera world, starring Grace Moore
Grace Moore
and Tullio Carminati. The film was directed by Victor Schertzinger
Victor Schertzinger
and adapted from the story, Don't Fall in Love, by Charles Beahan and Dorothy Speare. In the relatively new use of sound recordings for film, One Night of Love was noted at the time for its innovative use of vertical cut recording for which Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures
received an Academy Scientific and Technical Award. It also won the Academy's first Award for Best Original Score.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Featured music 5 Reception 6 Academy Awards 7 References 8 External links

Plot[edit] Opera
singer Mary Barrett (Grace Moore) leaves to study music in Milan, Italy
to the disappointment of her family in New York City. Mary gets a job at the Cafe Roma, where Giulio Monteverdi (Tullio Carminati), a famous vocal coach, hears her sing. Giulio promises to make Mary a star if she will allow him to control her life. He also tells her that there cannot be any romance between the two of them, as that would distract from the process of growing her talent. Mary discovers she has stagefright as she prepares for a tour of provincial opera houses, however Giulio helps her overcome it. Years later, still under Giulio's tutelage, Mary begins to tire of his dominance and discipline. The two meet one of Giulio's old pupils, Lally (Mona Barrie), while in Vienna. Lally once tried to be romantic with Giulio, but was rejected. This past history renders Mary jealous and she pretends to have laryngitis. Mary thinks Giulio has gone to Lally to rekindle a romance, and so visits Bill Houston (Lyle Talbot), a longtime friend who has proposed marriage. In a jealous huff, Mary decides not to sing that night in order to punish Giulio. Giulio realizes what is going on and tells Mary that Lally will replace her on stage, but then proposes to Mary. She decides to go on, and Mary's performance of Bizet's Carmen
wins her an invitation to the Metropolitan Opera, her dream venue. Giulio, however, still does not believe that she is ready for such a venue. Later at dinner, Lally lies to Mary by telling her that she is still involved with Bill, who has actually returned to New York. On the night of her debut in Madame Butterfly, Mary is too nervous to go on stage until she sees Giulio in his usual place in the prompter's box. Cast[edit]

Lobby card

Grace Moore
Grace Moore
– Mary Barrett Tullio Carminati – Giulio Monteverdi Lyle Talbot
Lyle Talbot
– Bill Houston Mona Barrie
Mona Barrie
– Lally Jessie Ralph
Jessie Ralph
– Angelina Luis Alberni
Luis Alberni
– Giovanni Andrés de Segurola
Andrés de Segurola
– Galuppi Nydia Westman
Nydia Westman
– Muriel

Production[edit] The complete proscenium and part of the wings and seating plan of the Metropolitan Opera
House were duplicated for this production and occupied the whole of Columbia's largest sound stage.[2] Moore's recording and performance of the Un bel di
Un bel di
aria from Madame Butterfly did not go smoothly, as she had trouble hitting the high notes. According to a later biography, she flew into a rage and blamed the orchestra, however, when studio boss Harry Cohn
Harry Cohn
asked Columbia music director, Morris Stoloff, what the problem was, Stoloff replied, "There's nothing wrong with the orchestra. These are the original Puccini orchestrations." Moore was then told that either she went back to the recording stage or she would be responsible for paying the day's salary for the entire orchestra, and she returned and recorded the aria.[3] Featured music[edit] Grace Moore's title song "One Night of Love" was composed by Victor Schertzinger himself, with lyrics by Gus Kahn. The lyrics began "One Night Of Love, When two hearts are one". It was later recorded by Anna Moffo as the title track of a 1965 crossover album.


Chi mi frena from Lucia di Lammermoor
Lucia di Lammermoor
by Gaetano Donizetti Sempre libera from La Traviata
La Traviata
by Giuseppe Verdi Ah! fors' è lui from La Traviata Habanera from Carmen
by Georges Bizet Un bel di
Un bel di
from Madame Butterfly
Madame Butterfly
by Giacomo Puccini

Traditional songs

Funiculì, Funiculà, Neapolitan song by Luigi Denza 1880 Santa Lucia, traditional Neapolitan song O Sole Mio, by Eduardo Di Capua The Last Rose of Summer, by Thomas Moore Ciri-Biri-Bin, by Alberto Pestalozza

Reception[edit] One Night of Love
One Night of Love
was selected as one of the ten best pictures of 1934 by Film Daily's poll of critics, and it was a "box office champion" during 1934.[2][4] While the film did not do well in rural areas and small towns, One Night of Love was the first Columbia film to gain important bookings in the powerful Loews chain of theaters, which was a milestone in Columbia's progress.[3] The film is recognized by American Film Institute
American Film Institute
in these lists:

2006: AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals – Nominated[5]

Academy Awards[edit]


Best Music (Scoring): Columbia Studio Music Department, Louis Silvers, head of department (Thematic Music by Victor Schertzinger
Victor Schertzinger
and Gus Kahn) Best Sound Recording: Columbia Studio Sound Department, John Livadary, Sound Director Scientific or Technical Award (Class III): To Columbia Pictures Corporation for their application of the Vertical Cut Disc Method (hill and dale recording) to actual studio production, with their recording of the sound on the picture One Night of Love."


Outstanding Production: Columbia Best Actress: Grace Moore Best Directing: Victor Schertzinger Best Film Editing: Gene Milford


^ "The Film Business in the United States and Britain during the 1930s" by John Sedgwick and Michael Pokorny, The Economic History ReviewNew Series, Vol. 58, No. 1 (Feb., 2005), pp.79-112 ^ a b "One Night of Love". American Film Institute. Retrieved February 27, 2014. ^ a b "One Night of Love". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 27, 2014. ^ THE YEAR IN HOLLYWOOD: 1984 May Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Sweetness-and-Light Era By DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILL.HOLLYWOOD.. New York Times (1923–Current file) [New York, N.Y] 30 Dec 1934: X5. ^ " AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-13.  ^ "The 7th Academy Awards (1934) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 

External links[edit]

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Selected films directed by Victor Schertzinger

The Clodhopper (1917) The Son of His Father
The Son of His Father
(1917) His Mother's Boy (1917) The Hired Man (1918) The Family Skeleton (1918) Playing the Game (1918) His Own Home Town (1918) The Claws of the Hun
The Claws of the Hun
(1918) A Nine O'Clock Town
A Nine O'Clock Town
(1918) Coals of Fire (1918) Quicksand (1918) String Beans (1918) Hard Boiled (1919) Extravagance (1919) The Sheriff's Son
The Sheriff's Son
(1919) The Homebreaker
The Homebreaker
(1919) The Lady of Red Butte
The Lady of Red Butte
(1919) When Doctors Disagree
When Doctors Disagree
(1919) Other Men's Wives
Other Men's Wives
(1919) Jinx (1919) The Slim Princess
The Slim Princess
(1920) The Concert (1921) Made in Heaven (1921) Mr. Barnes of New York (1922) Long Live the King (1923) Bread (1924) Man and Maid
Man and Maid
(1925) The Return of Peter Grimm (1926) The Showdown (1928) Forgotten Faces (1928) Redskin (1929) Nothing But the Truth (1929) Fashions in Love (1929) Paramount on Parade
Paramount on Parade
(1930) Safety in Numbers (1930) Heads Up (1930) Friends and Lovers (1931) The Constant Woman
The Constant Woman
(1933) My Woman (1933) One Night of Love
One Night of Love
(1934) Let's Live Tonight (1935) Love Me Forever
Love Me Forever
(1935) The Music Goes 'Round
The Music Goes 'Round
(1936) Something to Sing About (1937) The Mikado (1939) Road to Singapore
Road to Singapore
(1940) Rhythm on the River
Rhythm on the River
(1940) Road to Zanzibar
Road to Zanzibar
(1941) Birth of the Blues (1941) The Fleet