Film Poster for Mario Lanza in The Great Caruso, 1951.
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Credit: Courtesy of the Mario Lanza Museum

After catching the attention of Louis B. Mayer while singing at the Hollywood Bowl, Lanza signed a seven-year film contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer. His portrayal of Enrico Caruso inThe Great Caruso, (1951) was a box office success, but earned him the criticism of music critics unhappy with his leap from the concert stage to motion pictures.

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