Cinema: The New Pictures, may 21, 1951

The Great Caruso (M-G-M), a quasi-biography of the late great tenor, is weak on facts and weaker as fiction, but as a well-recorded pops concert featuring the impressive voice of Mario Lanza (TIME, March 19), it is a tidy package of entertainment that music lovers can enjoy with their eyes shut.

The plot, which barely holds its franchise in the time left by 27 songs and operatic excerpts, draws on Caruso's life for whatever can feed the Hollywood formula, ignores or twists whatever does not. Thus it skips a longtime love affair that gave...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!