Down Argentine Way

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Hollywood's handful of Technicolor cameras got a real workout on 20th Century-Fox's Down Argentine Way. Don Ameche stars as Ricardo Quintana, the charming son of a less charming Argentine horse breeder Henry Stephenson. Betty Grable is vacationing American heiress Glenda Crawford, who "collects" horses as a hobby. Separated by a family feud, Ricard and Glenda must endure all sorts of setbacks and misunderstandings before crossing the romantic finish line. Filmed on location, Down Argentine Way served to introduce...
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Hollywood's handful of Technicolor cameras got a real workout on 20th Century-Fox's Down Argentine Way. Don Ameche stars as Ricardo Quintana, the charming son of a less charming Argentine horse breeder Henry Stephenson. Betty Grable is vacationing American heiress Glenda Crawford, who "collects" horses as a hobby. Separated by a family feud, Ricard and Glenda must endure all sorts of setbacks and misunderstandings before crossing the romantic finish line. Filmed on location, Down Argentine Way served to introduce Brazilian bombshell Carmen Miranda, performing a variety of sizzling South American numbers with her own band. Also on hand are the Nicholas Brothers, whose show-stopping dance number has been spotlighted innumerable times in various "best of Hollywood musicals" compilations.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with noted film historian Sylvia Stoddard; Featurette "Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-Up" as seen on biography® on the A&E network; Exclusive still photo gallery; Collectible lobby cards and more!
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Down Argentine Way may not get anywhere near a list of great movie musicals, but it's good silly fun for viewers looking for an unchallenging way to spend an hour and a half. While the plot won't win any awards, it has a few nice touches which surprise in a gentle way, and the horse breeding and racing background makes for a nice change of pace. Betty Grable is her usual pleasing self, although playing someone with a bit more sophistication than usual. She's in fine voice and top dancing form, and though neither she nor Don Ameche are taxed by their roles, they bring a relaxed commitment to them that is effective. The supporting cast is very lively, especially the droll Charlotte Greenwood, the effervescent Nicholas Brothers and the one-of-a-kind Carmen Miranda, seen here in a much more subdued visual setting which allows her talent to come through free of the later entertaining but campy trappings. The Harry Warren-Mack Gordon score is breezy and tuneful, the vocal arrangements are enchanting, and the photography is quite beautiful; the colors are captured and displayed magnificently. Grable would follow Argentine with a change-of-pace performance in I Wake Up Screaming.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • UPC: 024543244776
  • Original Release: 1940
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Ameche Richardo Quintano
Betty Grable Glenda Crawford
Carmen Miranda Herself
Charlotte Greenwood Binnie Crawford
Henry Stephenson Don Diego Quintana
Kay Aldridge Helen Carson
Leonid Kinskey Tito Acuna
Chris-Pin Martin Esteban
Roberl Conway Jimmy Blake
Gregory Gaye Sebastian
Bobby Stone Panchito
Charles Judels Ambassador
The Nicholas Brothers Themselves
Thomas & Catherine Dowling Themselves
Six Hits & a Miss Themselves
Edward Fielding Crawford
Fortunio Bonanova Hotel Manager
Armand Kaliz Hotel Manager
Frank Puglia Montero
Bando Da Lua Themselves
Flores Brothers Themselves
Eddie Conrad Anastasio
J. Carrol Naish Casiano
Fayard Nicholas Specialty
Harold Nicholas Specialty
Elena Verdugo Dancer
Dorothy White Dancer
Technical Credits
Irving Cummings Director
William Witney Director
Harry Joe Brown Producer
Nick Castle Choreography
Richard Day Art Director
Mack Gordon Songwriter
Barbara McLean Editor
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
Geneva Sawyer Choreography
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Ralph Spence Original Story
Karl Tunberg Screenwriter
Darrell Ware Screenwriter
Harry Warren Score Composer, Songwriter
Joseph C. Wright Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Down Argentine Way
1. Main Titles [1:26]
2. South American Way [1:41]
3. The Telegram [2:56]
4. Selling Carmelita [3:07]
5. Down Argentina Way [4:52]
6. An Imperfect Ending to a Perfect Day [1:42]
7. Broken Promise [1:58]
8. In Buenos Aires [2:33]
9. Down Argentina Way [3:56]
10. Nenita/Dancing [4:14]
11. Mama Yo Quiero [3:51]
12. Bambu, Bambu [5:40]
13. Rendezvous With Ricardo [:26]
14. The Quintana Ranch [2:01]
15. Sing to Your Se├▒orita, Sing [1:34]
16. Casiano's Mistake [4:46]
17. Two Dreams Met [1:04]
18. Furioso's Confusion [5:33]
19. The Secrets Are Out [:16]
20. At the Hotel Suite [3:30]
21. Argentine Handicap [4:37]
22. The Big Win [:08]
23. Burying the Hatchet [3:51]
24. Finale/End Titles [1:28]
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Disc #1 -- Down Argentine Way
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   Language Selection
      Language and Audio: English Mono
      Language and Audio: English Stereo
      Language and Audio: Spanish Mono
      Language and Audio: Commentary With Sylvia Stoddard
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary With Sylvia Stoddard: On
      Commentary With Sylvia Stoddard: Off
      Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-Up
      Photo Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
      Betty Grable Theater
         The Dolly Sisters
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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    GREAT!

    I purchased this movie a short time ago and it was by far a great movie. Betty Grable was amazing with her dance routines. Don Ameche..what can I say? So talented and handsome. Carmen Miranda does her music routines and she was great. The movie displays the culture so beautiful and colorful and just makes you want to jump on a plane to Argentina. Definitely recommend.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    More Grable!

    This was the first film that Betty Grable had the starring role in. It's also the film debut of Carmen Miranda. Both these wonderful performers make this a film worth having. I purchased this film as part of the "Betty Grable Collection" boxed set that contains "Moon Over Miami", "The Dolly Sisters", and "My Blue Heaven" as well. All four films are worth adding to the collection of any fan of Hollywood film musicals.

    What I find puzzling is the paucity of Betty Grable's films on DVD. C'mon Fox! What are you waiting for? You gave us Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda. It's time to do the same for Betty. She was one of the top box office draws of the 1940s and deserves to have more than just a handful of her films on video.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still timeless even for 1940

    I have seen this movie a couple of times and each time I enjoy it as much as the first. The music and dance will leave you smiling everytime. I'm going to get this on DVD.

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