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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 ...
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

According to the documentary Filmmakers vs. Tycoons (2005), the movie was re-release and adapted to Cinemascope format, even if was not the original format. Luis García Berlanga didn't know that until they showed it to him in the documentary's interview. See more »

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Soundtracks

Coplillas de las divisas
Music by Juan Solano (as Maestro Solano)
Lyrics by José Antonio Ochaíta and Xandro Valerio
Performed by Lolita Sevilla
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Gentle but barbed satire
6 July 2013 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Gentle, sometimes very funny political satire, somewhat reminiscent of the UK Ealing Studio films.

The poor, small Spanish town of Villar del Rio is abuzz with the news that American officials are coming to visit, and plan to show off their best face in an effort to get their slice of the Marshall Plan pie. (Spain was actually excluded from the funds).

While sometimes predictable, and sometimes badly post dubbed this is a fun film with just enough edge to look at the darker side of human nature, but with a smile.

Frustratingly this classic of Spanish cinema isn't available on US DVD. I had to order mine from Amazon Spain (although it has US subtitles, and looks pretty good.)


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