Metropolitan is a 1935 back-stage drama film interlaced with songs and musical segments from opera.
Directed by Ryszard Bolesławski (credited as Richard Boleslawski), it featured the famous baritone Lawrence Tibbett (in his penultimate movie role), with Virginia Bruceas his leading lady. Tibbett was America's leading baritone and a major star of the New York Metropolitan Opera, where he sang more than 600 times.
Metropolitan was the first production for the 20th Century Fox film studio, which had been newly formed from the merger of 20th Century Pictures and Fox Film Corporation.
In this musical, opera singer Ghita Galin leaves the Metropolitan Opera and starts her own company, enlisting unknown singers like the talented but inexperienced Tom Renwick. Tom brings along a new friend, Anne, and an old conductor. However, despite their progress on a new production, Ghita is unpredictable and leaves the company when her voice falters. Now the others must find a large sum of money for the show to continue.
- Lawrence Tibbett as Thomas Renwick
- Virginia Bruce as Anne Merrill
- Alice Brady as Ghita Galin
- Cesar Romero as Niki Baroni
- Thurston Hall as T. Simon Hunter
- Luis Alberni as Ugo Pizzi
- George F. Marion as Papa Perontelli
- Adrian Rosley as Tolentino
- Christian Rub as Weidel
- Franklyn Ardell as Marco
- Etienne Girardot as Nello
- Jessie Ralph as Charwoman
- Jane Darwell as Grandma
- Walter Brennan as Grandpa
- Gladys Earlcott as wardrobe woman