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5 March 1948 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeanette MacDonald ... Louise Rayton Morgan

José Iturbi ... José Iturbi (as Jose Iturbi)

Jane Powell ... Tess Morgan

Edward Arnold ... Robert Nelson

Harry Davenport ... Dr. Cannon

Moyna MacGill ... Mrs. Smith (as Moyna Macgill)

Elinor Donahue ... Alix Morgan (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)

Ann E. Todd ... Ilka Morgan

Tom Helmore ... Michael Pemberton
Kathryn Card ... Jonesy

Dick Simmons ... Mr. Hollow, Nelson's Secretary

Larry Adler ... Himself (Harmonica Player)
Amparo Iturbi ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anita Aros ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Don Avalier ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Amparo Ballester ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Nina Bara ... Cuban Singer (uncredited)

Leon Belasco ... Ship Bandleader (uncredited)
Nan Bennett ... Toney Tiger (uncredited)
Thomas E. Breen ... Ship Steward (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Miss Drake (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... William, Nelson's Chief Butler (uncredited)
David Cota ... Bellboy (uncredited)

William Forrest ... Ship Captain (uncredited)
Phyllis Graffeo ... Cuban Singer (uncredited)

Thurston Hall ... Howie Howard, Louise's Assistant (uncredited)
Shephen Hero ... Ribs (uncredited)
Conchita Lemus ... Cuban Singer (uncredited)
Bill Lewin ... Ship Steward (uncredited)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ... Freddy, Fat Man on Street (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Cafe Alegria Dance Floor Extra (uncredited)
Connie Montoya ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Dorita Pallais ... Cuban Singer (uncredited)

Edward Peil Sr. ... Waiter (uncredited)
Frank Pershing ... Ship Steward (uncredited)
Dorothy Porter ... Cuban Singer (uncredited)
Diane Stewart ... Cuban Singer (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Cabbie (uncredited)

Joan Valerie ... Hostess (uncredited)
Joanee Wayne ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Martin, Nelson's 2nd Butler (uncredited)

Estelita Zarco ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred M. Wilcox 
Writing credits
Albert Mannheimer (original screenplay) &
Frederick Kohner (original screenplay) &
Sonya Levien (original screenplay) &
John Meehan (original screenplay)

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer
Original Music by
Lothar Perl (uncredited)
Herbert Stothart (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ray June (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Production Management
Sergei Petschnikoff .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Krams .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Joe Edmondson .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dale Deverman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mervin Price .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Shugrue .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shirley Barker .... associate costume supervisor
Irene .... costume supervisor
Music Department
George Stoll .... musical director (as Georgie Stoll)
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Florence Swan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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

Did You Know?

This film was initially telecast in Philadelphia Thursday 30 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 20 March 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); it was not aired in San Francisco until 23 June 1961 on KGO (Channel 6), and New York City televiewers had to wait until it was offered on the Late Show 8 March 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2), possibly because of sponsor's resistance to backing it based on the all powerful Catholic Church's "Morally Objectionable for All" 1948 rating (see above). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later.See more »
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Four cooks didn't manage to spoil this bubbly broth!, 8 November 2004
Author: Greg Couture from Portland, Oregon

There are four writers credited for the script of this Technicolored concoction and somehow its froth still manages to fizz in a quite entertaining way. That's thanks in large part to an attractive cast and the delightful surprise of José Iturbi's charm as a very convincing actor. Plus, it almost goes without saying, some eminently listenable singing from Jeanette MacDonald and her young up-and-coming counterpart, Miss Jane Powell.

- Mini-Spoilers May Ensue -

Of course the manipulations of the rather simple plot are spun out almost to the point of frustration as a mother keeps her daughters in the dark about why their father and she divorced, the daughters plot to bring their father back from a distant work assignment, their mother meets and marries a charming man whom she truly loves, the daughters resist his introduction into their happy home, etc., etc., etc. Aaarrgh! It could have been utterly annoying, but Jeanette MacDonald, looking lovely, and Señor Iturbi, understandably falling head over heels for her, make for two adults who deserve their final happy song (with the three little vixens joining in) at one of the pianos that seem to be in every room of this film's many luxuriously appointed sets.

A few things of note: Someone (the set decorators, the hairdressers, the color consultants, the cinematographer, whomever) had a liking for the color orange and its many gradations from pale peach to burnished bronze. There's some note of it somewhere in virtually every shot of every scene in this film!

Young Miss Ann E. Todd (not to be confused with the English actress, Ann Todd) seems to have been forced to play almost every one of her scenes with a rather unbecoming scowl on her pretty, brown-eyed face. Its not out of character for the part she's playing, but it does seem a bit excessive.

And, wouldn't you know it? (I did without even checking the IMDb Trivia on this title.) The Roman Catholic Legion of Decency found this film "Objectionable In Part For All" because it appears to "condone" divorce, an absolute no-no as far as that censorious body was concerned when it held such influential sway.

But don't be deterred. Next time Turner Classic Movies unearths this bon-bon from their vaults, give it a whirl. It's fun to see how the better half lived and loved in simpler times, and when a major studio could make going to Cuba and back (without ever leaving Culver City, California - The story happens to involve a vacation cruise on a ship with the most impossibly large public rooms and private suites, enough to make a Greek tycoon's yacht look like a rowboat!) a visual treat every mile of the way.

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