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Carnival in Costa Rica (1947)

 |  Musical  |  19 May 1947 (Sweden)
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Two pairs of lovers try to thwart an arranged marriage at Costa Rican fiesta time.


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Complete credited cast:
Dick Haymes ...
Pepe Castro
Mama Elsa Molina
Papa Rico Molina
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Papa Castro
Barbara Whiting ...
Maria Molina
Nestor Paiva ...
Padre Rafael
Fritz Feld ...
Hotel Clerk
Tommy Ivo ...
Juan Molina
Mama Castro


Pepe Castro and Luisa Molina return to Costa Rica from U.S. schools to find that their parents have arranged their marriage. Pepe has brought his new sweetheart Celeste with him from the USA, but can't get a word in edgewise with his father. Then Luisa meets American coffee buyer Jeff Stephens at the fiesta. Meanwhile, the obtuse parents continue to plan the wrong marriage... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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MAGNIFICO! TERRIFICO! (original print media ad - all caps)




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Release Date:

19 May 1947 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Karneval i Costa Rica  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


During Louisa's dream wedding sequence, her sister Maria disappears and then reappears from the background. See more »


Referenced in The Monkees: Monkees Marooned (1967) See more »


Music by Ernesto Lecuona
Lyrics by Harry Ruby
Sung by Dick Haymes
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Funny, not flattering
27 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found the movie humorous, fun and enjoyable but I can easily understand why my grandparents found it offensive. Being Costa Rican I have heard how the sections of the movie that were filmed in Costa Rica caused great commotion at the time even though none of the main actors came to the country (at least for filming). When the movie finally opened in Costa Rica people were upset of how the people and the country had been misrepresented. Even though the movie exerts attitudes and prejudices towards Latin America, as well as ignorance over the social and cultural differences between Latin American countries and Spain it reflects the ignorance (or innocence?) of the 1940s. At the end, for all the cultural improprieties doesn't make "Carnival in Costa Rica" any less enjoyable.

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