A songwriter struggles to produce another successful hit for the National Brazilian song contest.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Soares
Nicky Henderson
Everett St. John Everett
Rod Walker
Veloz ...
Veloz (as Veloz and Yolanda)
Yolanda ...
Yolanda (as Veloz and Yolanda)
Senor Renaldo Da Silva
Richard Lane ...
Edward Graham
Señor Machado
Bailarina, Specialty Dancer
Alfredo DeSa ...
Master of Ceremonies (as Alfred de Sa)
Henry Da Silva ...
Comerciante (as Henry De Silva)
Rico De Montez ...
Airport Official
Leonardo Scavino ...
Reporter (as Leon Lenoir)


A songwriter struggles to produce another successful hit for the National Brazilian song contest.

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The Musical Love Story of Pan-America! (original poster)


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Release Date:

30 November 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stars and Guitars  »

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| (1952 re-release)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Written by Ary Barroso
English Lyrics by Bob Russell (as S.K. Russell)
Performed by Tito Guízar
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Light musical concoction set in "good neighbor" Brazil

This was Republic Pictures' answer to the Disney WW II "good neighbor" outreach (SALUDOS AMIGOS/THE THREE CABALLEROS). It is set in a b&w Brazil and involves a composer masquerading as twins, trying to win the hand of an anti-Latin novelist. The plots twists are really not necessary but if we didn't have them, there'd be no movie. Tito Guizar is pleasant and affable in the lead but can't act. Virginia Bruce is okay as his love interest. Edward Everett Horton provides the comedy. What is most fun are the eight musical numbers, very infectious and full of rhythm. The lively and colorful Scoring and the well recorded sound justly earned Oscar Noms. In addition the song RIO DE JANEIRO was nominated for Best Song. A most pleasant 90 minutes, but one wishes they'd splurged and filmed it in color.

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