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Yolanda and the Thief (1945)

Approved | | Fantasy, Musical, Romance | 23 April 1946 (Sweden)
Johnny Riggs, a con man on the lam, finds himself in a Latin-American country named Patria. There, he overhears a convent-bred rich girl praying to her guardian angel for help in managing ... See full summary »

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Johnny Riggs, a con man on the lam, finds himself in a Latin-American country named Patria. There, he overhears a convent-bred rich girl praying to her guardian angel for help in managing her tangled business affairs. Riggs decides to materialize as the girl's "angel", gains her unquestioning confidence, and helps himself to the deluded girl's millions. Just as he and his partner are about to flee Patria with their booty, Riggs realizes he has fallen in love with the girl and returns the money, together with a note that is part confession and part love letter. But the larcenous duo's escape from Patria turns out to be more difficult than they could ever have imagined. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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M.G.M.'s magic musical in Technicolor


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23 April 1946 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

El ladrón y la bella  »

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$2,443,322 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the introduction by Robert Osborne on a TCM broadcast, Lucille Ball was going to play the Frank Morgan role of the fellow con-artist to Fred Astaire. See more »

Goofs

During Johnny Parkson Riggs first dance / dream sequence, after the coins fall from the sky, the shadow of the camera dolly is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Parkson Riggs: You didn't tell anybody I was your guardian angel, did you?
Yolanda Aquaviva: Not exactly. All I said was that you weren't a real man. My aunt doesn't believe me.
Yolanda Aquaviva: I'm glad of that. I'd rather it didn't get around.
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Referenced in Toys (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Angel
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Lucille Bremer (dubbed by Trudy Erwin) to herself
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A Very Kinky Musical
3 November 1999 | by (Little Rock, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

This one is a strange one. Set in a fictional South American Country, Fred Astaire plays a con man who impersonates a guardian angel to Lucille Bremer's innocent, convent raised character. While he is trying to get to her vast fortune, he of course falls in love with her.

The story is over-shadowed by the bizarre musical numbers. There is a dream sequence which is one of the longest, most mesmerizing musical numbers ever put on film (eat your heart out Salvadore Dali). The number `Coffee Time' looks like it was fun to film and the dance floor will cause you to,have optical illusions.

The sets are very opulent and the Technicolor is breathtaking. Over-all I rate this film highly because it is so off-beat. I read that this film cost 6 million dollars to make, and was a huge box office failure, and that Fred Astaire nearly retired because of his experience with it.


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