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Yolanda and the Thief (1945)

Approved  |   |  Fantasy, Musical, Romance  |  23 April 1946 (Sweden)
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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 ... 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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Trivia

Originally planned to star Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. Plans were abandoned when Garland was cast in the big budget western musical The Harvey Girls (1946). The two would eventually be cast opposite each other in Easter Parade (1948). 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

Yolanda Aquaviva: Mr. Brown doesn't dance... except, perhaps, on the head of a pin.
Aunt Amarilla: Oh, I should like to see that.
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Connections

Referenced in It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is a Day for Love
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Lucille Bremer (dubbed by Trudy Erwin) and the girls in the convent
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A beautiful nightmare.
17 November 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

It was shown on TCM this past weekend. It's a fantasy musical which has sort of unanimously been regarded as a mild stinker-- but amazingly has been amalgamated with a cult following over the years. (What're you gonna do?) It's not a serious piece of movie- not even in the Hollywood-attempting-a-certain-atmosphere vain. One look at the artificial sets, the candy-box Technicolor, and the performances and you need- I repeat NEED- to suspend yourself for 106 minutes and just let go. Lucille Bremer was actually a fine dancer (if you watched her and Fred Astaire in ZIEGFELD FOLLIES), but her abilities are not put to best use here. Record it (as I did), and just fast-forward to "Coffee Time," a sensational, four-minute hand-clapping dance performed in a Latin Carnival, on a floor of swirling black-and-white zebra stripes, easily the best thing in the movie.


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