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Copacabana (1947)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 30 May 1947 (USA)
Agent has his only client pose as both a French chanteuse and Brazilian bombshell to fool nightclub owner.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Andy Russell ...
Singer Andy Russell
Gloria Jean ...
Anne Stuart
Abel Green ...
Abe Green - Editor of Variety
Louis Sobol ...
Louis Sobol - Columnist (as Louie Sobol)
Earl Wilson ...
The De Castro Sisters ...
Singers
Ralph Sanford ...
Liggett, an Agent
Igor Dega ...
Specialty
Kay Marvis ...
Cigarette Girl (as Kay Gorcey)
Merle McHugh ...
Copa Girl
Dee Turnell ...
Copa Girl
Maxine Fife ...
Announcer, Thing to Sell
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Storyline

Talent agent Lionel Devereaux sells his girlfriend/client Carmen Novarro to New York City's famous Copacabana nightclub as a Latin-American singer/dancer and, pressed for another act, he sells her again, this time with a blonde wig and Moroccan veil, as a French singer...for the same presentation. The wear and tear on Carmen, changing back-and-forth between numbers, leaves to a heated exchange of words between the performer and her fiancé agent. This leads to the disappearance of Carmen's alter ego, which arouses suspicions by the management...and the police. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Musical

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30 May 1947 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Groucho Marx's first starring movie role without Harpo or Chico. See more »

Quotes

Lionel Q. Deveraux: How much are the cigars?
Cigarette Girl: They're a dollar.
Lionel Q. Deveraux: Oh, I'm just browsing... don't you have any nickle cigars?
Cigarette Girl: Yes, but they're forty cents.
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References Algiers (1938) See more »

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He Hasn't Got a Thing to Sell
Written by Sam Coslow
Performed by Carmen Miranda and Andy Russell
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Fun and different for fans of Groucho and Carmen
23 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Copacabana showcases the unlikely pairing of Groucho Marx and Carmen Miranda in a musical melange concerning Carmen playing two different singers in the famous nightclub. The gags are fast and funny and the songs tuneful. Andy Russell and Gloria Jean are along to add to the music quotient and Steve Cochran is on hand to oversee the nightclub. The Copa gals are gorgeous and are given the opportunity to show off their personalities a bit. Louis Sobel, Earl Wilson and Abel Green, all real-life collumnists from the era make cameo appearances. This is definitely a forties musical with all the trappings. The musical numbers, choreographed by Larry Cebellos, are fun to watch, and look good in the restored black-and-white print. Purists may prefer a Marx Brothers comedy or a Carmen Miranda Technicolor musical from Fox, but this is a delightful way to spend an hour and a half. For me, the seemingly strange combination of Groucho and Carmen works and becomes a unique musical comedy experience.


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