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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Hands Across the Border
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Roy Rogers
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The song "Rio de Janeiro"
5 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wonder if the award-winning song really was called "Rio de Janeiro." According to my resource book on the Academy Awards, the song "Brazil" from this movie was the Academy Award winner for "Best Song" category in 1944.

I checked with sheetmusicplus.com and could not find a song called "Rio de Janeiro." If there is such a song in print, I would like to know about it as I love Latin music.

I agree this film should have been in color. Maybe Ted Turner can colorize it for us. Also, I should like to see it available on DVD soon.

As for Edward Everett Horton being in the film, I believe he appeared in other films set in South America in this era. No doubt the interest in Latin America expressed through movies in the 1940s and television in the 1950s was because of South American oil the United States and Canada bought for military use during World War II and during the industrial expansion and prosperity that followed the war. If you think about it, you can see the political undertones in the films of this era.

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