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Strictly Dishonorable (1951 film)

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Language  English
5.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Romance
Country  United States
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Director  Melvin Frank Norman Panama
Release date  July 3, 1951 (US)
Based on  Strictly Dishonorable  by Preston Sturges
Writer  Melvin Frank, Norman Panama, Preston Sturges (play)
Directors  Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Music director  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Lennie Hayton
Screenplay  Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Cast  Ezio Pinza (Count Augustino Caraffa), Janet Leigh (Isabelle Perry), Millard Mitchell (Bill Dempsey), Gale Robbins (Marie Donnelly), Maria Palmer (Countess Lili Szadvany), Arthur Franz (Henry Greene)
Similar movies  Independence Day, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Salt, On the Road, The Phantom of the Opera, Empire of the Sun
Tagline  M-G-M's Hilarious Comedy from the Stage Hit!

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Strictly Dishonorable is a 1951 romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, and starring Ezio Pinza and Janet Leigh. It is the second film to be based on Preston Sturges' 1929 hit Broadway play of the same name after a pre-Code film released by Universal Pictures in 1931 with the same title.


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In New York in the 1920s, amorous opera star Augustino "Gus" Caraffa (Ezio Pinza) crosses paths with Isabelle Perry (Janet Leigh), a naive music student from Mississippi who is his biggest fan. When a news photographer catches them in a kiss, it is proposed that they get married in name only to avoid a scandal. Isabelle, who is in love with Gus, agrees to the charade, hoping that he will eventually fall in love with her.


  • Ezio Pinza as Count Augustino "Gus" Caraffa
  • Janet Leigh as Isabelle Perry
  • Millard Mitchell as Bill Dempsey
  • Gale Robbins as Marie Donnelly
  • Maria Palmer as Countess Lili Szadvany
  • Esther Minciotti as Mme. Maria Caraffa
  • Silvio Minciotti as Uncle Nito
  • Arthur Franz as Henry Greene
  • Sandro Giglio as Tomasso
  • Hugh Sanders as Harry Donnelly
  • Mario Siletti as Luigi
  • Songs

  • "I'll See You in My Dreams" - by Isham Jones (music) and Gus Kahn (lyrics)
  • "Everything I Have Is Yours" - by Burton Lane (music) and Harold Adamson (lyrics)
  • "La veau d'or" from the opera Faust - by Charles Gounod (music) and Jules Barbier and Michel Carré (libretto)
  • "Se a caso madama" from the opera Le nozze di Figaro - by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (music) and Lorenzo da Ponte (libretto)
  • Unnamed aria from the opera Il ritorno di Césare - by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (music and lyrics)
  • Notes:

  • Il ritorno di Césare is a fictitious opera created by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco for the film, and staged by Vladimir Rosing.
  • Production

    Preston Sturges approached MGM with the idea of doing a remake of Strictly Dishonorable with Ezio Pinza, and received $60,000 for the rights, but was disappointed when he was not hired to write the screenplay.

    Strictly Dishonorable was in production from mid-January to mid-March 1951, and was released on 3 July of that year.


    According to MGM records the film earned $660,000 in the US and Canada and $221,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $664,000.


    Lux Radio Theatre broadcast a radio adaptation of the film on December 8, 1952, with Janet Leigh reprising her role and Fernando Lamas replacing Pinza.

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