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Down Argentine Way (1940)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  11 October 1940 (USA)
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An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ricardo Quintana
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Carmen Miranda
Charlotte Greenwood ...
Binnie Crawford
J. Carrol Naish ...
Henry Stephenson ...
Don Diego Quintana
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Helen Carson (as Katharine Aldridge)
Leonid Kinskey ...
Tito Acuna
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Esteban
Robert Conway ...
Jimmy Blake
Gregory Gaye ...
Sebastian
Bobby Stone ...
Panchito
Charles Judels ...
Dr. Arturo Padilla
Fayard Nicholas ...
One of the Nicholas Brothers
Harold Nicholas ...
One of the Nicholas Brothers
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An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.

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11 October 1940 (USA)  »

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Argentijnse nachten  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Alice Faye was set to play the role of Glenda, but she fell ill with appendicitis and was replaced by Betty Grable. Although Miss Grable was making films for 10 years, this was the role that made her a star. Cesar Romero contracted para-typhoid and was replaced by Leonid Kinskey. See more »

Goofs

Although Edward Fielding is listed in the credits as having portrayed Glenda Crawford's father, Willis Crawford, he is nowhere to be seen throughout the entire movie. See more »

Quotes

Glenda Crawford, aka Glenda Cunningham: Excuse me, I've got to go see a man about a horse.
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Soundtracks

South American Way
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Portuguese lyrics by Aloysio De Oliveira
Sung by Carmen Miranda during the opening scene
Also sung by a chorus during the following montage
Played when the plane arrives in Argentina
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Typical Fox musical
30 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Betty Grable goes "Down Argentine Way" in this 1940 musical, also starring Don Ameche, Charlotte Greenwood, Carmen Miranda, and J. Carroll Naish. Grable is Glenda Crawford, who buys a horse from the South American Ricardo Quintana (Ameche), unaware that the families don't get along. On hearing her last name, Quintana realizes that he has to cancel the sale in accordance with his father's (Naish) orders. Glenda and Ricardo are already falling in love, so although Glenda rejects him after the aborted sale, she soon heads for Argentina on the excuse of buying horses. With her is her aunt Binnie (Greenwood). There, she reconnects with Ricardo, though she has to meet his father under the assumed name of Cunningham.

This is a typical Fox musical with its bright, vibrant colors and high energy. And, like many Fox musicals, it has no plot and literally one musical number after another. Because Fox had Carmen Miranda and Cesar Romero under contract, there was often a south of the border flavor. Here, Miranda plays herself performing in a nightclub, and she's a dynamo.

Ameche sings pleasantly and does his usual good job, and Grable as usual is a joy - a pretty, likable actress, a good dancer and singer, and a bundle of energy. Charlotte Greenwood has several musical numbers and is very entertaining.

These musicals are always good for what ails you. My favorite Fox musicals of this kind are "Springtime in the Rockies" and "The Gang's All Here," but "Down Argentine Way" is a delightful film.


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