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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

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

Johnny Parkson Riggs: I'm afraid you made a mistake.
Policeman: Oh no, Señor, no mistake. We have here your descriptions.
Victor Budlow Trout: It's a mistake.
[Motioning to himself and Johnny.]
Victor Budlow Trout: We don't look like this.
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Referenced in It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Coffee Time
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Fred Astaire and Lucille Bremer (dubbed by Trudy Erwin)
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gorgeous, boring MGM musical fantasy
7 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lovely Lucille Bremer is Yolanda and Fred Astaire is the thief in "Yolanda and the Thief," a 1945 musical directed by Vincente Minnelli and also starring Frank Morgan, Leon Ames, and Mildred Natwick. Astaire and Morgan are con men in a Latin American country called Patria which is practically owned by the Aquaviva family. The heir to the fortune, Yolanda (Bremer) has just left convent school to take over the estate, and Johnny (Astaire) decides to get it away from her. He hears her praying to an angel statue how worried she is about all the money, etc., and decides to pose as an angel. This, of course, is in keeping with one of the major themes of the day during and after World War II - angels, the dead coming back to life, heaven.

This is a beautiful film to look at with some good dance numbers. Minnelli was a brilliant director, even with less than great material. Alas, the stunningly photographed Bremer wasn't much of a presence. She and Astaire are okay together but the whole thing never really gets off the ground. A few nice moments, but one expects more from both Minnelli and Astaire.


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