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Release Date:
19 May 1947 (Sweden) See more »
MAGNIFICO! TERRIFICO! (original print media ad - all caps)
Two pairs of lovers try to thwart an arranged marriage at Costa Rican fiesta time. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Worth seeing because of the great dancer Leonide Massine. See more (7 total) »


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Dick Haymes ... Jeff Stephens

Vera-Ellen ... Luisa Molina

Cesar Romero ... Pepe Castro

Celeste Holm ... Celeste

Anne Revere ... 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

Mimi Aguglia ... Mama Castro
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vida Aldana ... (uncredited)
Anita Aros ... (uncredited)

Bonnie Bannon ... Girl (uncredited)
Rolando Barrera ... (uncredited)

Alma Beltran ... (uncredited)
Dolores Castelli ... (uncredited)
Lucille Charles ... (uncredited)

Franco Corsaro ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Dora Del Rio ... (uncredited)
Rosita Delva ... (uncredited)

Anna Demetrio ... Concha (uncredited)
Elena Denver ... (uncredited)
Juan Duval ... Cabbie (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Felipe (uncredited)
Paul Fierro ... Waiter (uncredited)
Israel Garcia ... (uncredited)

Martin Garralaga ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Eddie Gomez ... (uncredited)
Phyllis Graffeo ... (uncredited)

Soledad Jiménez ... Lolita (uncredited)
Ernesto Lecuona ... Bandleader (uncredited)
Caroline Lopez ... (uncredited)
Severo López ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Léonide Massine ... Roberto (uncredited)
Tatiana Massine ... Flower Girl (uncredited)

Tina Menard ... (uncredited)
George Navarro ... (uncredited)
Carmen Pallais ... (uncredited)
Dorita Pallais ... (uncredited)
Jose Portugal ... (uncredited)
Frances Rey ... (uncredited)

Julian Rivero ... Mayor (uncredited)
Alfred Sabato ... Gregorio (uncredited)
Billy Snyder ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Ernesto Zambrano ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Ratoff 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Samuel Hoffenstein 
John Francis Larkin  (as John Larkin)
Elizabeth Reinhardt 

Produced by
William A. Bacher .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harry Jackson 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Mark-Lee Kirk 
Set Decoration by
Ernest Lansing 
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
René Hubert 
Production Management
Robert R. Snody .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director
Otto Brower .... second unit director (uncredited)
Gaston Glass .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
George Leverett .... sound
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Linden .... camera operator: second unt (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Henderson .... musical director
Emil Newman .... musical director
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
José Barroso .... orchestral arranger (uncredited)
Vicente Gómez .... orchestral arranger (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward H. Plumb .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gene Rose .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Serge Bertensson .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Leonard Doss .... associate technicolor director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Léonide Massine .... choreographer
Manuel Arellano Martín .... translator (uncredited)
Ralph DeLara .... technical advisor (uncredited)
M. Ruiz Herrero .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Norman A. Manning .... production liaison (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Cameo: [Leonide Massine]the film's choreographer is the unnamed "famous dancer" with Vera-Ellen in the first production scene.See more »
Continuity: During Louisa's dream wedding sequence, her sister Maria disappears and then reappears from the background.See more »
Movie Connections:
COSTA RICASee more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Worth seeing because of the great dancer Leonide Massine., 11 August 2003
Author: Petrushka from Tucson, Arizona

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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