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Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)
"Bienvenido Mister Marshall" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  17 July 1953 (France)
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After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lolita Sevilla ...
Manolo Morán ...
Manolo
José Isbert ...
Don Pablo, el alcalde
Alberto Romea ...
Don Luis, el caballero
Elvira Quintillá ...
Señorita Eloísa, la maestra
Luis Pérez de León ...
Don Cosme, el cura
Félix Fernández ...
Don Emiliano, el médico
Fernando Aguirre ...
Geronimo - el secretario
Joaquín Roa ...
Julían - el pregonero
Nicolás D. Perchicot ...
Boticario (as Nicolás Perchicot)
José Franco ...
Delegado general
Rafael Alonso ...
Enviado
José María Rodríguez ...
José
Elisa Méndez ...
Doña Raquel
Matilde López Roldán ...
Doña Matilde
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The little village of Villar del Río is awaiting the song performance of Carmen Vargas, 'The Great Andalusian Star'. The quiet village is governed by a deaf, naughty and good-natured Mayor, who's only seeking the way to give life to the place. By the same time good news comes to the village: the arrival of North American high personalities that will give economical aid to the nation city by city, village by village. The Mayor doesn't know what to do to welcome them. Carmen Vargas's agent throws surprising initiatives, moving all the village people just to prepare a better reception for the foreigners. His idea is to disguise all the farmers as Andalusians and add colour to every street with typical decorations. All of them start to work, and also to dream and think about what they're going to request the Americans, who will come with lots of dollars. The day of the arrival everybody at Villar del Río is in the streets, from the Mayor to the newborn child... Written by Miguel Ángel Díaz González

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Trivia

When the script was submitted to the Censors, it was approved with a scene cut, the school teacher dream of her encounter with the American, for its erotic and political content. Therefore, the scene could only be filmed fifty years later by director Luis García Berlanga as a short, El sueño de la maestra (2002). See more »

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witty while full of commentary
7 October 2004 | by (Indiana, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is an excellent and witty portrayal of Franco's post-war Spain. There are many hidden agendas and underlying stereotypes of both the American and Spanish people. The more you watch the movie, the more one-liners you catch. The order in which the camera bounces from person to person always has a meaning. This style of exposition is unique and refreshing. The dream sequence contains many of the stereotypes held by the Spanish towards the American people. The people of the village change their town into what they think the Americans want to see, even though they have the wrong idea about them. The best part is all this content is delivered in a comedic fashion, which lets you enjoy the underlying commentary.


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