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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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 chorus, Vera-Ellen (dubbed by Pat Friday), and Dick Haymes
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Cesar a bit long in the tooth
14 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cesar was 40 when this movie was made, at least a decade and a half older than the character should be for an arranged marriage. It appears they tried to hide his age via makeup and hair dye, but these ruses are as convincing as happy, dirt-free coffee-pickers singing their way through a day of hot drudgery. Having said that, this movie, seen in January 2007 on the Fox Movie Channel, is surprisingly watchable. The costumes and dancing and songs are easy on the eyes. Cesar may be too old to play a young buck dealing with parents trying to arrange a marriage, but he is still the great Cesar Romero, of later fame as "The Joker" on Batman.

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