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Casanova's Big Night

Casanova's Big Night(1954)

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The working title of this film was Mr. Casanova. The film marked Basil Rathbone's return to the screen after a five-year hiatus. His previous screen work was as a narrator in Walt Disney's 1949 compilation film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. According to studio publicity material, a full-scale replica of a Venice canal, more than 400 feet long, was built on the Paramount lot for the picture. Hollywood Reporter news items add Hazel Boyne, Mary Bayless, Mary Benoit, Jeff Sayre, Paul Bradley, Jack Fisher, Beulah Christian, Louise Lane, Barry Norton, Sue Casey, Edna Ryan, Doris Fulton, Dulce Daye, Isabel Gushin and Joan Whitney to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Casanova (1725-1798), whose full name was Giovanni Jacopo Casanova, was the main character in the 1948 Eagle Lion release Adventures of Casanova (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50).