Holiday in Mexico

Overview

Too long by at least two reels, Holiday in Mexico is nevertheless one of the more enjoyable MGM Technicolor musicals of the 1940s. Walter Pigeon is top billed as Jeffrey Evans, American ambassador to Mexico. Captivated by the charms of her adopted homeland, Evans' impulsive daughter Christine falls in love with the decidedly mature piano virtuoso Jose Iturbi cast as himself. Amused by Christine's ardor, Iturbi agrees with Evans that the girl would be far better off with someone closer to her own age-namely, ...
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Overview

Too long by at least two reels, Holiday in Mexico is nevertheless one of the more enjoyable MGM Technicolor musicals of the 1940s. Walter Pigeon is top billed as Jeffrey Evans, American ambassador to Mexico. Captivated by the charms of her adopted homeland, Evans' impulsive daughter Christine falls in love with the decidedly mature piano virtuoso Jose Iturbi cast as himself. Amused by Christine's ardor, Iturbi agrees with Evans that the girl would be far better off with someone closer to her own age-namely, British ambassador's son Stanley Owen Roddy McDowell. Meanwhile, Christine plays matchmaker between her widowed father and glamorous Hungarian Toni Karpathy Ilona Massey. Holiday in Mexico was Jane Powell's first MGM effort, and it is clear that producer Joe Pasternak intended to transform the teenaged soprano into the "new Deanna Durbin," though of course Powell eventually developed her own distinctive style. In addition to the musical contributions of stars Powell and Iturbi, the film costars the inimitable Xavier Cugat, doing his Xavier Cugat thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • UPC: 883316219812
  • Original Release: 1946
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,351

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Linda Christian Angel
Ann Codee Margaret
Xavier Cugat Himself
Hugo Haas Angus
Amparo Iturbi Herself
José Iturbi Himself
Marina Koshetz Mme. Baranga
Rosita Marstini Maria
Ilona Massey Toni Karpathy
Roddy McDowall Stanley Owen
William "Bill" Phillips Sam
Walter Pidgeon Jeffrey Evans
Jane Powell Christine Evans
Mikhail Rasumny Baranga
Helene Stanley Yvette Baranga
Paul Stanton Sir Edward Owen
Doris Lloyd Cady Millicent Owen
Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Stanley Donen Choreography
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
William Kozlenko Original Story
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Joe Pasternak Producer
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
George Stoll Score Composer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
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