The U.S. Ambassador's (Walter Pidgeon) daughter falls for a Mexican pianist (Jose Iturbi) old enough to be her grandfather.

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Jeffrey Evans
José Iturbi ...
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Stanley Owen
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Countess Toni Karpathy
Xavier Cugat ...
Xavier Cugat
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Christine Evans
Hugo Haas ...
Angus, Evans' butler
Mikhail Rasumny ...
Baranga
Helene Stanley ...
Yvette Baranga
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Sam, Evans' chauffeur
Amparo Iturbi ...
Herself
Tonia Hero ...
Mouse (Iturbi Grandchild)
Teresa Hero ...
Mouse (Iturbi Grandchild)
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The U.S. Ambassador's (Walter Pidgeon) daughter falls for a Mexican pianist (Jose Iturbi) old enough to be her grandfather.

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September 1946 (USA)  »

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Ball in der Botschaft  »

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This was Jane Powell's first film for MGM. See more »

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After her party, Christine and her father are talking in her room. There is a close-up of the drawing of her father. In later shots, it is a different picture. The face in the picture is at a different angle. See more »

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Liebestod
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from "Tristan und Isolde"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Colorful and breezy, but it never really gets out of Culver City.
9 June 2010 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Randall Brandt is exactly right. This is a "Holiday in Mexico"? Produced by MGM at the height of its power, glory, not to mention financial resources, and yet the darned thing never gets outside a Culver City sound stage? Couldn't they at least have sent a camera crew to Mexico City to film some establishing shots in the major thoroughfares, parks, museums, etc.? Very disappointing.

This might just as well have been titled "Holiday in Burbank."

As to the story, it's flimsy at best. In its favor is the rich Technicolor photography which has never been equaled, plus some good musical numbers. The cast is good, with Walter Pidgeon in his most ambassadorial form as the father of the spunky young Jane Powell. Jose Iturbi and his sister play some great piano, as well!

Worth viewing, though at 128 minutes it's a bit long. "Holiday in Mexico" is an example of how Hollywood used to view (or didn't view) other countries.


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