Lanza 1956 interview

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Lanza 1956 interview - films after being awarded the Oscar, tracts!...
films after being awarded the Oscar, tracts! Singer Lanza Looks For Movie-TV Work Carradine of a and plays l s o n a being he t l e d to- By VEKKOft SOOi'i' HOLLYWOOD, July 16 OB -slimmed-down Mario Lanza w looking for work this week. Som thing in the singing line, he sai But unlike other unemployed singers the barrel-chested tenc can choose among a starrin role in a movie with Gina Loll brlgida, television spectacula concert tour or recording dat Mario, only man in recordin Mstory to sell a million album has had to depend on record sales for his pizza and spaghetti His only source of income fo the past three years has been h: fast-selling albums. But weep ye not for the leather lunged star. During one 10-month period his albums brought in 5746,000. That's three-quarters o a million spondulics. "So now I am ready to end m; inactivity," he boomed. "I hav a new RCA album coming ou soon, 'Mario Lanza on Broad way.' I sing songs from the grea Army Role to Ford Ui Tueriw today He's role movie roles began coming my way. "But this TV part has reall. put me in demand, and I've flna ly proved to my family that could make good as an actor." A graduate of Dartmouth, Ford is a modest man who aspires ti dramatic roles. He has the ability to draw a tear as well as a laugh and dreams some day of portray ing his literary hero, H. L. Mencken. "Mind you," he concluded, not complaining about my role. Mine is an important job. :'m all that stands between, the U.S. Army and the wiles of Sergeant Bilko. 1 GVXJUAff musical hits of the last 10 years. It should do well. "But I want to do more. "I am trying to decide which direction to take-- television or movies. We are waiting to see how 'Serenade' makes out at the boxoffice. I have a 50 per cent interest in it. If it makes money, then maybe I'll make another. "My dream is to do a series operas tor the screen. But movies are in a bad way. I'm befuddled jy the fight between TV and movies. I don't like it." Mario broke off to pace iving room of his Bel Air home. Then he conducted a tour of the grounds, accompanied by his iretty wife, Betty. He stopped at he door of his own private thea- er, shaking his head. "We never use the theater," he laid. "We don't like depressing message pictures. But that's all they make these days. I don't like o see the screen used as a psychiatrist's couch. People go to movies to be entertained, not for an education. "Everybody is afraid to make a musical. The producers say the public doesn't like them. Then along comes The King and I' to prove they are crazy. "And it makes me sick to heir high budget pictures are going out of style. Quality will tell. Cutting the b u d g e t m e a n s lu'ality." Looking fit and happy, Mario onfided that he and Howard [ughes are negotiating to make Marco Polo," possibly with Gina -ollobrigida. He also has a TV pectacular cooking and another Urn, "Be Mine Tonight." How's Marie's voice? He hit a seriect high "C" to demonstrate was. never better. A spatter '. applause, rewarding his ef- ect, d r i f t e d in from the vimming pool where his chil- ren were playing. "There is no problem about wking," Mario concluded. "It a matter of picking the right Mng. The voice is better than ver, and I want people to hear of for 9:45. and 1, 8:34. the 4:25, film ment Anna girl Kim STAR: with Mary Connors, 11-20"Wild Sex Not Power Story," Sjrl ried type. "It's

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  1. The Amarillo Globe-Times,
  2. 17 Jul 1956, Tue,
  3. Page 17

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