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Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)

Bienvenido Mister Marshall (original title)
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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(as Luis G. Berlanga)

Writers:

(story) (as J.A. Bardem), (story) (as L.G. Berlanga) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lolita Sevilla ...
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Manolo
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Don Pablo, el alcalde
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Don Luis, el caballero
Elvira Quintillá ...
Señorita Eloísa, la maestra
Luis Pérez de León ...
Don Cosme, el cura
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Don Emiliano, el médico
Fernando Aguirre ...
Geronimo - el secretario
Joaquín Roa ...
Julían - el pregonero
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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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

4 April 1953 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Welcome Mr. Marshall!  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the documentary Cineastas contra magnates (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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Los Goya 27 edición (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Tío páseme el río
Music by Juan Solano (as Maestro Solano)
Lyrics by José Antonio Ochaíta and Xandro Valerio
Performed by Lolita Sevilla
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Eternal
8 December 1998 | by (Madrid, Spain) – See all my reviews

Probably, the best Spanish film ever made. A loyal portrait of Spaniards' personality and way of thinking with the particular sense of humour added by the writer Miguel Mihura. Essential: the Pepe Isbert's balcony scene, be ready to laugh .


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