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Darrell Ware (screen play) and
Karl Tunberg (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
11 October 1940 (USA) See more »
MUSIC...COLOR...ROMANCE (original poster-all caps) See more »
An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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Paper thin plot but fun See more (19 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Don Ameche ... Ricardo Quintana

Betty Grable ... Glenda Crawford

Carmen Miranda ... Carmen Miranda
Charlotte Greenwood ... Binnie Crawford
J. Carrol Naish ... Casiano
Henry Stephenson ... Don Diego Quintana

Kay Aldridge ... 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
Thomas Dowling ... Specialty
Catherine Dowling ... Specialty
Pepe Guízar ... Specialty (as Pepe Guizar)
Flores Bros. ... Specialty (as The Flores Bros.)
Six Hits and a Miss ... Six Hits and a Miss
Bando da Lua ... Bando da Lua (as Carmen Miranda Band)
Edward Fielding ... Willis Crawford
Eddie Conrad ... Anastasio (as Edward Conrad)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Hotel Manager
Armand Kaliz ... Hotel Manager
Frank Puglia ... Montero
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lowden Adams ... Westchester Waiter (uncredited)
Marvin Bailey ... Member of Six Hits and a Miss (uncredited)
Nino Bellini ... Doorman at Carmen Miranda's (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Club Rendezvous Waiter (uncredited)
Pauline Byrne ... The Miss of Six Hits and a Miss (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Man at Racetrack (uncredited)
Andre Cuyas ... Waiter (uncredited)
Aloysio De Oliveira ... Bando da Lua Member (uncredited)
Vince Degen ... Member of Six Hits and a Miss (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Señor Rufino (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Motorcycle Officer (uncredited)
Juan Duval ... Man at Racetrack (uncredited)
Oswaldo de Moraes Eboli ... Bando da Lua Member (uncredited)
Thornton Edwards ... Gaucho (uncredited)
Paul Ellis ... Racetrack Official (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Applauding Spectator in Stands at Horse Show (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Westchester Club Patron (uncredited)
Howard Hudson ... Member of Six Hits and a Miss (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Martinez (uncredited)
Hélio Jordão ... Bando da Lua Member (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Fred Malatesta ... Horserace Loser at Fiesta (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Mack McLean ... Member of Six Hits and a Miss (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Nightclub Patron / Racetrack Stands Spectator (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Race Bettor (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
Afonso Osório ... Bando da Lua Member (uncredited)
Armando Osório ... Bando da Lua Member (uncredited)
Stênio Osório ... Bando da Lua Member (uncredited)
Paul Portanova ... Racetrack Official (uncredited)
Jerry Preshaw ... Member of Six Hits and a Miss (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Argentine Girl (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Horse Owner (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Aníbal Augusto Sardinha ... Banda la Lua Member (uncredited)
Bill Seckler ... Member of Six Hits and a Miss (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Westchester Club Patron (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... Señor Vallergo (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Head Horse Groom (uncredited)
Elena Verdugo ... Argentine Dancer (uncredited)
Lucio Villegas ... Señor Gonzales (uncredited)
Dorothy White ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Horserace Loser at Fiesta (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Cummings 
Writing credits
Darrell Ware (screen play) and
Karl Tunberg (screen play)

Rian James (story) and
Ralph Spence (story)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean (film editor)
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Joseph C. Wright 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (costumes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lynn Shores .... second unit director (uncredited)
Saul Wurtzel .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Music Department
Mack Gordon .... music and lyrics by
Emil Newman .... musical director
Harry Warren .... music and lyrics by
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Nick Castle .... dances stager (as Nicholas Castle)
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Morgan Padelford .... associate technicolor director
Geneva Sawyer .... dances stager
Carlos Albert .... technical director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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89 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

This was the first of a series of Latin American-themed movies that became very popular with American audiences in the 1940s. Darryl F. Zanuck produced the film in response to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Good Neighbor Policy" of friendship towards Latin American countries. Also, with the war in Europe starting, Zanuck hoped to develop Mexico and South America as alternative markets for his Hollywood films. However, while Down Argentine Way (1940) was a success in America, the Argentines hated it! When the film was screened in Buenos Aires, Argentine government officials refused to allow it to be shown in any theaters in their country. Among the things the Argentines objected to: (1) None of the Argentine characters in the film spoke with an Argentine Castilian Spanish accent. (2) Several Argentine characters are depicted as lazy, freeloading, or dishonest. (3) The three Argentine bankers who greet Betty Grable at the airport speak to her in fractured English, when most upper-class Argentines spoke perfect English. (4) Casiano, the horse groom played by J. Carrol Naish, wears a "gaucho" outfit ("gauchos" are Argentine cowboys, not horse ranchers). (5) Although Carmen Miranda was popular in Argentina, she was Brazilian and sang Cuban-inspired songs in Portuguese. Her presence in the movie gave the impression that Argentina is a tropical country, when it is a mountain country.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Glenda Crawford, aka Glenda Cunningham:Excuse me, I've got to go see a man about a horse.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tiovivo c. 1950 (2004)See more »
NenitaSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Paper thin plot but fun, 25 June 2006
Author: ryancm from United States

Despite it's paper thin plot or saran wrap plot, DOWN ARGENTINE WAY is kind of fun, especially seeing it in this day and age. The DVD is outstanding with the colors very bright and chic, the way Foxs' musicals have always been. This put Betty Grable on the map and she is a fine replacement for Alice Faye. Maybe better, since Betty was a much better dancer as a couple of numbers have been added to the plot because of her. Carmen Miranda doesn't really have a role. She is just featured in a couple of night club scenes. Looks like her scenes were added on and has no bearing on the plot. Don Ameche is fine with his very good accent. The real standouts are Charlotte Greenwood and especially the Nocholas brothers. They must be seen to be believed. Like Miranda, they have no bearing in the story, just a showcase for their amazing dancing. For these reasons alone, see this one. Now Fox needs to release THAT NIGHT IN RIO and THE GANGS ALL HERE on DVD, as well as some other Betty Grables.

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