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Carnival in Costa Rica (1947)

Two pairs of lovers try to thwart an arranged marriage at Costa Rican fiesta time.

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Pepe Castro
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Celeste
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Mama Elsa Molina
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Papa Rico Molina
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Papa Castro
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Maria Molina
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Padre Rafael
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Hotel Clerk
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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)  »

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Karneval i Costa Rica  »

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

"Maria La O (Maria My Own)
Written by Ernesto Lecuona
English Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
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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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