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Casanova's Big Night (1954)

Bob Hope , Joan Fontaine , Norman Z. McLeod  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Hope, Joan Fontaine, Audrey Dalton, Basil Rathbone, Hugh Marlowe
  • Directors: Norman Z. McLeod
  • Writers: Aubrey Wisberg, Edmund L. Hartmann, Hal Kanter
  • Producers: Paul Jones
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009W5J6E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Casanova's Big Night" on IMDb

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Bob "Orson Welles" Hope is at the top of his game in this 1954 Technicolor laugh-fest co-starring Joan Fontaine and Basil Rathbone. Hope plays Pippo Popolino, Casanova's tailor, who finds himself standing in for the great lover after the real Casanova (played by Vincent Price) leaves town to avoid paying his debts. Enlisted by an overzealous mother-in-law to test the true love of her daughter-in-law-to-be, Hope must capture the prized petticoat and help avert a civil war to boot. Years before he wore out his welcome in countless TV specials, Hope is a marvel here, perfecting his neurotic and vain coward persona while enganging in some pretty inspired slapstick. It's easy to forget that in 1954 this was pretty edgy stuff. It's no wonder a young Woody Allen idolized him. --Kristian St. Clair

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Set in 18th century Italy, CASANOVA’S BIG NIGHT tells the story of a tailor, played by Bob Hope, who impersonates the swashbuckling lover Casanova in order to win the affection of an attractive widow.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Farfel, farfel, pipick" May 29, 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A Hope comedy classic, ranking right up there with "Ghost Breakers". Bob's performance as Pipo Poppolino, "a miserable tailor's miserable apprentice", is almost flawless, and the supporting cast (Vicent Price as Casanova, the great Basil Rathbone as Luccio, Joan Fountain as the Widow Bruni, Hugh Marlow as the brother of the bride, Arnold Moss as the evil Doge of Venice, and brief appearances by Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine and Raymond Burr), is excellent. Hope is at his bumbling, cowardly best as the commoner impersonating Casanova, until he finds the courage to overcome the Doge and turn the tables on the devious Luccio. The sword fight scene and the finale (with Hope in hilarious drag) are side-splitters.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bob Hope Comedy romp November 6, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
In this Bob Hope comedy classic, he portrays a lowly tailors aprentice who gets a chance to impersonate the worlds greatest lover, Casanova. Hope plays Peepo, who toils away in his masters tailor shop and dreams of romance with the lovely grocery lady across the street played by Joan Fontaine. When the real Casanova skips town in order to escape his creditors, Peepo is pressed into service by Fontaine and the others to pretend to be the famous swordsman and lover when a Countess offers $10,000 ducets to test the fidelity of her future daughter in law. Peepo throws himself into the role and is soon entering Venice in grand style singing the song "Tic a Tic A tic a" and enthralling every woman within earshot, (including one who dives fully clothed into the canal to swim out to his gondola), everyone thinking that he is indeed the famous Casanova. However Peepo soon discovers the downside of being a notorious lover as several outraged husbands, brothers, and boyfreinds come looking for him swords in hand, looking to avenge the dishonor of their womenfolk. At first Peepo wants only to fullfill his part of the deal (Obtaining an embroidered peticoat in order to prove he "Seduced" the girl he was supposed to), and obtain his money, he soon is helping to save her from the plottings of the Doge who seeks to use both her and Casanova to touch off a war.
This movie is a classic costume comedy from the days when movies didn't need four letter words and potty humor to get a laugh. Hope is in top form as he capers about the screen from one narrow escape to another, all the time mugging for the camera. I highly reccomend it for all Hope fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, pre-"Chrysler Theater" Bob Hope! February 21, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This was a movie Bob did while he was still hungry, using his reliable wise-cracking coward character as Pipo Popolino, a tailor's assistant in 18th century Venice. Enamored of a baker played by Joan Fontaine, Pipo masquerades as the legendary Casanova to steal a kiss, when it turns out that Casanova is being pursued by creditors and has skipped Venice completely to escape them. To appease the creditors, everybody Casanova owes money to, Fontaine included, force Pipo to continue his masquerade as the storied rake to get enough money to pay the creditors through marriage. What follows is a crazy quilt of dumb luck and one liners as Pipo actually manages to win a few sword fights and woo a duchess in the bargain.

This is primo, late-period Bob Hope, with an uncredited Vincent Price playing Casanova, Basil Rathbone playing his relunctant valet, Arnold Moss doing his usual Mephistophelian thing as the Doge of Venice amd Audrey Dalton looking just like Linda Darnell in her part as the new object of Pipo-Casanova's affections.

The reception scenes where Pipo challenges a rival for the duchess' affections are sidesplitting, especially when he and Fontaine both have to cross-dress to get in there to begin with. The usual anachronistic Hope oneliners are spewed like apple pits all through the movie and Hope once again proves why Paramount held onto him for something like 25 years! Also why Universal paid Paramount to market some of his movies with a double studio imprint...

The man was a legend!! "Farfle, farfle...pipick!"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Casanova's Big Night the Review June 3, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
Casanova's Big Night was a hysterically funny movie. I have always enjoyed BoB Hope and Dorothy Lamore; but Joan Fontaine was a most worthy co-star in this comedy routine.In this movie BoB Hope plays a gentleman who really has nothing to offer in the royal presence he is in the midst of. I don't want to give away the entire story, but basically he has been asked to pretend he is the geat lover Casanova to woo the queen and save the country.It is a rare, in these times, to find a movie with comedy and cleanliness. I find myself constantly returning to the "fore fathers of comedy" to find something decent to laugh at. The is one of my first choices for family entertaiment.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Casanovas Big Night 1954 April 18, 2006
Its bedlam in the boudoir when Bob Hope (1903-2003) sets his comedic sights on 18-th century Italy . Hope plays Pippo Popolino , a lowly tailor who is suddenly drafted to tempororarily impersonate the great and passionate lover Casanova (an unbilled Vincent Prince 1911-1993) .Pippo thinks he has the masquerade all sewn up -totally unaware that , due to the real Casanovas shaky financial situation , he is now locked into the role by the Romancers scheming , greedy creditors ! . Along the way , our great lover manages to woo some lovely ladies ( Joan Fontaine 1917 - ) and Audrey Dalton (1934- ) -when hes not dodging spontaneous swordsplay or bumling his way through the finer points of royal etiquette . Basil Rathbone (1892-1967) Hugh Marlowe (1911-1982) , Arnold Moss (1910-1989) and John Carradine (1906-1988) are among the stellar cast in this lavishly costumed comedy romp . Laughts guarantee ! Superb transfer in H-D Quality
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Bob Hope but....
It's a really lame movie, with a very silly plot and few laughs. I will donate it my public library, as I do with most of my DVDs.
Published 11 days ago by S. Allman
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up
Good Clean wonderful movie! They don't make good movies like this anymore!! Thank you for having this movie! Keep up the good work!!
Published 1 month ago by Belinda Dalrymple
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Love it
It is one of the best classic movie of all times of Bob Hope and I love watching it again and again
Published 4 months ago by Edward M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
Not the best of Bob Hope, but as usual, entertaining. The costume and sets are fun, the hi jinks still timelessly funny.
Published 4 months ago by James Lovelady
5.0 out of 5 stars Pay Attention!
What I love about Bob Hope films (Any Road films as well) is that you have to pay attention to the dialogue. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lithuania's Pride
5.0 out of 5 stars Casanovas big night
another great movie with Bob Hope. always enjoy his comedies as your always on the edge of your seat with laughter
Published 8 months ago by John Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it, you will enjoy it!
Bob Hope is great, he is very funny!! The movie had a great plot too. I've seen this movie several times with my wife, she loves his movies, this is one to see.
Published 8 months ago by Glenn Smyith
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
I like old movies and was hoping this movie would be good. I watched and watched thinking "it will get better", it really didn't get better. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jmcookie
5.0 out of 5 stars One Hope's Last Really Great Ftlm!
Great film for all Bob Hope fans! But I will think twice before dealing with Amazon again, while this DVD was not damaged, the other inclosed film was, this marks the third order... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Wa2oosy
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL AVAILABLE!
It was great to see that Amazon still had this Bob Hope comedy still in the storeroom. There's still a great demand for older Bob Hope comedies, and I hope this one doesn't go... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ronald Adams
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