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Fiesta (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 12 June 1947 (USA)
When a matador leaves town to focus on his music, his twin sister takes on his identity in the bullfighting ring.

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Mario Morales
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Jose 'Pepe' Ortega
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Señora Morales
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Conchita
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Antonio Morales
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Maximino Contreras
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Famous matador Antonio Morales's disappointment turns to joy when his wife's pregnancy yields twins, and the second child is the hoped for boy. Morales names his twins Maria and Mario, and as soon as he is old enough, begins to train Mario for the bull-fighting ring. However, Mario's interests lie more in music, while his sister Maria is fascinated with the ring. Eventually, Mario is angered by the high demands of his father and leaves town for a chance to study with a famous composer. Mario abandoning the bullring brings disgrace to the family name, but Maria has a plan... Written by L. Hamre

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12 June 1947 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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American film (credited) debut of Ricardo Montalban. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the first bullfighting scene when Maria is posing as Mario, we see her wave at the crowd with her matador hat in her hand, then we see her toss her hat into the crowd, then we see her walking with the hat in her hand and finally see her waving at the crowd without her hat. See more »

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Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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Jarabe Tapatío (The Mexican Hat Dance)
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"All day long just one thought's been running around in my head: when will Pepe get here?"
3 September 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A famous matador raises his son to be a bullfighter like him but the boy would rather be a musician. The son's twin sister, however, enjoys bullfighting and becomes quite good at it. Eventually the son grows tired of his pushy father and abandons the ring, which leaves his sister to save the family's honor by pretending to be her brother and fighting bulls herself.

Middling semi-musical with Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban as the unlikeliest pair of twins you'll ever see. I'm really not sure what MGM was thinking with this one. I can only assume they were hoping it would help make Ricardo Montalban a star. He does a fine job with what he's given. Esther is certainly nice to look at and plays her part well. They do manage to find a way to put Esther in a bathing suit for one scene, which I appreciated but thought amusing given how it was shoehorned in there. She also looks very cute in her matador outfit. Corny John Carroll plays Esther's boyfriend, a character named Pepe. There's a rather creepy subtext to the story as both Esther and Ricardo's love interests openly complain about the siblings' attentions toward each other. Fortunio Bonanova does well as the dad. Nice support from Mary Astor, Akim Tamaroff, and Cyd Charisse.

The most interesting part of this film's plot is that it has a woman proving herself capable of being as good as a man in a masculine "sport" at a time when such a thing was not common in movies. Yeah they cop out a little in the end but it's still pretty forward-thinking for its time. The production was a very troubled one and, unfortunately, some of the bulls were actually killed during the making of this film. Despite some lovely Technicolor and solid MGM production values, it's just such a forgettable movie that I wouldn't bother unless you were an Esther Williams completist.


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