Melba is a 1953 musical biopic drama film of the life of Australian-born soprano Nellie Melba, written by Harry Kurnitz and directed by Lewis Milestone for Horizon Pictures, marking the film debut of the Metropolitan Opera's Patrice Munsel.


Based on the life of Dame Nellie Melba, the film traces the career of Melba (Patrice Munsel) from the time she left Australia, traveling to Paris to receive vocal training, meets a new suitor, and debuts her talent in Brussels. As her success grows, her former suitor from Australia arrives in Monte Carlo, convinces her to marry him, but then finds himself placed in the position of being "Mr. Melba". When he leaves her to return to Australia, Melba remains in Europe to continue singing.

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    contentLocation Australia Vienna
    director Lewis Milestone
    editor Bill Lewthwaite
    genre drama
    keywords monte carlo sing train travel
    musicBy Muir Mathieson
    producer Sam Spiegel
    productionCompany Horizon Pictures
    publisher United Artists
    theme biographical musical