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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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Cast

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

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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

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19 May 1947 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Karneval i Costa Rica  »

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1.37 : 1
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During Louisa's dream wedding sequence, her sister Maria disappears and then reappears from the background. See more »

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

Soundtracks

GUI-PI-PIA
Written by Ernesto Lecuona
English lyrics by Harry Ruby, Sunny Skylar and Al Stillman
Sung by J.Carrol Naish, Vera-Ellen (dubbed), Celeste Holm, chorus
Danced by Celeste Holm and chorus
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Worth seeing because of the great dancer Leonide Massine.
11 August 2003 | by (Tucson, Arizona) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in 1947 when it first was released. Mainly because I was a young dance student at that time and I wanted to see the great Leonide Massine, famous because of his discovery by Serge Diaghilev and the Ballet Russe. He replaced the great Vaslav Nijinsky. He appeared in this film during his latter years, but even so you can see what a great dancer he was.

Unfortunately, the producers of this film did not really understand or appreciate his fame and greatness, or give him proper credit. He could have been just another studio dancer. Vera Ellen had a hard time keeping up with him during their only dance sequence.

Interesting that Massine, who came from Moscow and was a Russian trained in the Russina ballet, became such a wonderful Spanish dancer.

This seems to have been his forte and shows well in this film. A pity that I was too young to ever have seen him on the stage. But his choreography is continually revived by ballet companies the world over.


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