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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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Complete credited cast:
Pepe Castro
Mama Elsa Molina
Papa Rico Molina
Papa Castro
Barbara Whiting ...
Maria Molina
Padre Rafael
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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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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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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 »


Written by Ernesto Lecuona
English lyrics by Harry Ruby, Sunny Skylar and Al Stillman
Sung by J.Carrol Naish, Vera-Ellen (dubbed by Pat Friday), Celeste Holm, chorus
Danced by Celeste Holm and chorus
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19 April 2002 | by (frederick, usa) – See all my reviews

This 20th Century Fox musical has several problems, including an uneven script and uninspired choreography. However, the flaws are countered with some strengths. The color photography and costumes are lovely. And the cast is good, especially leading lady Vera-Ellen and Celeste Holm.

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