Charismatic Polish opera singer Jan Kiepura made his Hollywood debut in Give Us This Night. His thick Slavic accent notwithstanding, Kiepura is cast as Italian fisherman Antonio.
In the habit of singing as he fishes, Antonio catches the attention of opera diva Maria (played by real-life operatic soprano Gladys Swarthout, in her second film appearance). Our hero ends up replacing Maria's burned-out leading man Forcellini (Alan Mowbray), leading to a series of duets and, naturally, romance.
The highlight of Give Us This Night is the climactic operatic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, composed by the legendary Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Jan Kiepura - Antonio
Gladys Swarthout - Maria
Alan Mowbray - Forcellini
Philip Merivale - Marcello Bonelli
Ben Baker - Tomasso
Michelette Burani - Francesca
William Collier, Sr. - Priest
Sidney Toler - Carabiniere
John Miltern - Vincenti