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A Texas oil millionaire, after failing to secure oil lands in Argentina, seeks out a famous race horse in Buenos Aires and order his representative to buy the nag at any price. Ellison has ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Lolita O'Shea
James Ellison ...
Tim Kelly
Alberto Vila ...
Alberto Delmonte
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Duke Ferrel
Robert Barrat ...
Don Enrique de los Santos O'Shea
Joseph Buloff ...
Santiago, O'Shea's Trainer
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A Texas oil millionaire, after failing to secure oil lands in Argentina, seeks out a famous race horse in Buenos Aires and order his representative to buy the nag at any price. Ellison has a love affair with Maureen O'Hara, the beautiful daughter of the prize horse's owner. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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25 April 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu na Argentina  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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RKO was forced by the Argentine government to add footage with popular Argentine star Alberto Vila before agreeing to its release in that country. See more »

Quotes

Lolita O'Shea: Thank you senor
Tim Kelly: Hey! Where my change?
Lolita O'Shea: Oh there no change all the money I collect goes to the pan American good will fun
Tim Kelly: Look Lady, I'm on the level I need that dough
Lolita O'Shea: So does the good will fund.
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Soundtracks

North America Meets South America
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by Betty Jane Rhodes and an unidentified actress during the opening credits
Reprised a cappella by Buddy Ebsen
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Fun musical with Ebsen in top form
9 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

A forgettable story about an American businessman's (Ellison) attempts to purchase a racehorse from a rich Irish/South American , and his lovely daughter's (O'Hara) attempt to hook him at the same time, is merely an excuse for a top-notch musical comedy show. Buddy Ebsen is particularly funny as Ellison's Texan companion, and he gets to show off some snappy dancing, too. The bits that have been written here make Ebsen sort of a low-budget Will Rogers, but he makes the most of the opportunities and comes out shining. The script comes loaded with good jokes, and Ebsen has some of the best delivery (in classic vaudeville style) in the business.

Rodgers and Hart contribute one of their least impressive scores -- only one or two good songs. They gave Ebsen a humorous cowboy ditty to sing (and he sings it poorly deliberately, let's hope), but their theme song ("North America.... meet South America" is but one of its blistering rhymes) is truly atrocious. There are also one or two more or less forgettable attempts by the songwriters to imitate the style of Jerome Kern in light operetta, sung by Ellison's rival for O'Hara's love. Since Ellison can't sing at all, SOMETHING must have swung the thing in his favor.....

A likeable film emerges from the somewhat messy stew thanks to good comedy writing and playing.


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