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On Such a Night (1956)

An American tourist on a day trip to Sussex from London inadvertently finds himself at Glyndebourne Opera House in Sussex where he learns to appreciate Opera.


Anthony Asquith


Paul Dehn (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josephine Griffin ... Virginia
Marie Lohr ... Lady Falconbridge
David Knight ... Cornell
Allan Cuthbertson ... 1st Gentleman
Peter Jones ... 2nd Gentleman
Sesto Bruscantini Sesto Bruscantini ... Figaro - Servant to Count Almaviva
Elena Rizzieri Elena Rizzieri ... Susanna - Maid to the Countess
Ian Wallace Ian Wallace ... Bartolo - a Doctor
Monica Sinclair Monica Sinclair ... Marcellina
Frances Bible Frances Bible ... Cherubino - Page to Count Almaviva
Franco Calabrese Franco Calabrese ... Count Almaviva
Hugues Cuénod Hugues Cuénod ... Don Basilo
Sena Jurinac Sena Jurinac ... The Countess
Gwyn Griffiths Gwyn Griffiths ... Antonio - Gerdener to the Count
Jeannette Sinclair Jeannette Sinclair ... Barbarina - his Daughter


An American tourist on a day trip to Sussex from London inadvertently finds himself at Glyndebourne Opera House in Sussex where he learns to appreciate Opera.

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English | Italian

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February 1956 (UK) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Extracts from the film were also used in 1971 by World Wide Pictures in a propaganda picture they were making for the British Army. See more »


Cornell: I'd made my first two,
Cornell: four English friends. I'd seen my first Opera and the next morning when I got up at dawn to see the Sussex downs the music still haunted me.
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Le nozze di Figaro
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
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A delightful, typically English movie
25 December 2007 | by g-bell-2See all my reviews

A delightful movie featuring an American tourist who inadvertently visits Glyndebourne Opera House in Sussex, where we views Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro". Features the differences between American and English attitudes, vocabulary etc but done with charm and gentle humour. Beautiful scenery of the Sussex Downs is included, along with a slight romantic twist to the plot. I first saw this movie many years ago when I was a child, but have never forgotten it, and would love to see it again. I am hoping that it will be released on Video or DVD sometime. I would be interested to hear the comments from anyone else who has seen this movie.

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