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Fiesta (1941)

Cholita, after a long absence in Mexico City, is returning home to take up her duties as head of the rancho and, as everyone expects, to marry her childhood sweetheart José. Expectations ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Ann Ayars ...
Cholita (as Anne Ayars)
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José (as George Negrete)
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Cuca
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Fernando Gómez
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Don Hernandez, Cholita's Uncle
Nick Moro ...
Pedro
Frank Yaconelli ...
Pablo
George Humbert ...
Pancho
Francisco Moreno ...
Paco (as Paco Moreno)
Betty Bryson ...
Pancho's Wife
Carlos Valadez ...
Oaxoco Plume Dancer
José Arias ...
Leader of the Mexican Tipica Orchestra
The Guadalajara Trio ...
Band
Tipíca Orchestra of the Mexico City Police ...
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Cholita, after a long absence in Mexico City, is returning home to take up her duties as head of the rancho and, as everyone expects, to marry her childhood sweetheart José. Expectations are somewhat dashed as she shows up with Fernando to whom she is engaged. This makes José and Cholita's uncle more than a little bit put out as Fernando is not only not a Mexican, he is also a city slicker afraid of the country. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A GLOROUS SPECTACLE OF GAYETY, COLOR AND SONG! Fiesta means fun in any language! It;s full of girls! It's full of laughs! It's Tecnicolorful to look at! It's a hit parade to hear! See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Approved
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28 November 1941 (USA)  »

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Gaiety  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-titled Gaiety, this film was first telecast (in B&W) in New York City Wednesday 17 November July 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »

Soundtracks

Quien Sabe
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Sung by Jorge Negrete
Reprised by Negrete and Ann Ayars
Gypsy Dance
Performed by dancers and Tipíca Orchestra of the Mexico City Police, led by José Arias
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Adorable Armida!!!!
24 September 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Obviously at 45 minutes it was only going to be a bottom feature for double bills and also served to introduce Anne Ayars to film audiences. At 22 she looked a lot older, which is probably why she didn't make much of a splash. She featured in "Dr. Kildare's Victory" and "Apache Trail" but only made a few films. She played Cholita, but was outshone by the dazzling Armida as Cuca. Armida was a beautiful Mexican dancer who's early credits include a sultry dance in "The Show of Shows" (1929). Another supporting player to watch was Antonio Moreno as Cholita's uncle, Don Hernandez. He had a huge career starting with bit parts in early Biograph films. His most famous role was as the stuffy boss in "It". When talkies came in he made a number of Spanish language films. He looks very dashing in "Fiesta".

Cholita (Anne Ayers) returns to Mexico with her fiancé, pompous radio singer Fernando Gomez (George Givot in a performance that is little more than a caricature). He is a fortune hunter and switches his attentions to Cuca when he thinks she is rich.

The Technicolor is there to showcase the vivid Mexican dances of which the film has plenty. Cuca sings and dances to a spirited song "Never Trust a Jumping Bean". Cholita sings "I'll Never Forget Fiesta" and the beautiful "La Golondrina".


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