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Release Date:
7 January 1955 (USA) See more »
Too innocent! Too willing! and far, far Too Eager!... and so Beautiful!
A model agency in Rio de Janeiro is actually a front for a white-slavery ring that kidnaps European women and sells them on the South American sex market. | Add synopsis »
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Scott Brady and Raymond Burr star in German-made white slavery melodrama set in Brazil! See more (8 total) »


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Johanna Matz ... Eve Ullmann
Scott Brady ... Richard Lanning
Ingrid Stenn ... Connie Voorhees

Raymond Burr ... Jaime Coltos
Gisela Fackeldey ... Mme. Lansowa
Kurt Meisel ... Pasquale
Katharina Mayberg ... Felicia

Gert Fröbe ... Lobos
Erica Beer ... Elise LeFevre
Hanita Hallan ... Lena
Elizabeth Tanney ... Emily
Gordon Howard ... Garza
Eduard Linkers ... M. Albert
Pero Alexander ... Manuel

Caterina Valente ... Tanzt & singt auf der (Palacio do Oro)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hannelore Axman ... Vincenta
Das Cornell-Trio ... Music Players
Josef Dahmen ... Dr. Perez
Das Horst Wende-Sextett ... Music Players
William Trenk ... Senor Bulanos
Leo Fischer ... (uncredited)
Friedl Hardt ... VicentaGamboa Mannequin (uncredited)
Ian MacDonald ... General Rodriguez Garcia (uncredited)
Gerhard Wendland ... Singt im Nacht-Club zu Rio (uncredited)

Directed by
Kurt Neumann 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernst Blass  retold by
Jacques Companéez  source material
Felix Lützkendorf 
Kurt Neumann 
Dalton Trumbo  uncredited
Michael Wilson  uncredited

Produced by
Kurt Neumann .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Jary 
Cinematography by
Ekkehard Kyrath 
Film Editing by
Eva Kroll 
Art Direction by
Hans Sohnle 
Costume Design by
Alfred Bücken 
Makeup Department
Gertrud Coesfeld .... makeup artist
Josef Coesfeld .... makeup artist
Production Management
Max Koslowski .... production supervisor
Georg von Block .... production manager (as George von Block)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Winterstein .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ernst Walter .... sound

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mannequins für Rio" - West Germany (original title)
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Germany:95 min | USA:80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Klangfilm-Magnetcord-Eurocord)
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Referenced in Buccaneer Soul (1993)See more »
Das sind die Nächte in RioSee more »


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Scott Brady and Raymond Burr star in German-made white slavery melodrama set in Brazil!, 1 January 2003
Author: django-1 from south Texas USA

Ninety-percent of this film is a well-made, exciting white slavery melodrama about a German girl lured to Brazil for "modeling" work but trapped in a white slavery racket. She turns to an American engineer working in Rio (Scott Brady) who initially asks for help from a powerful Brazilian industrialist, Jaime Coltos (Raymond Burr), but soon suspects that Coltos is not exactly what he appears to be. That's all developed well and acted convincingly by Burr, Brady, and newcomer Johanna Matz. Then there is a frame story explained in a talky prologue about how Coltos almost led Southern Brazil to secede from the rest of the country and how Coltos, modeling himself after Jefferson Davis and Aaron Burr (!!!) was a brilliant strategist and almost a dictator. And at the end of the film, after the white slavery plot has been resolved and you think the film is over, we go back to the two characters in the frame story--a general and an American reporter--and we learn that Coltos was eventually found guilty of high treason and sentenced to hard labor for life. While Raymond Burr's character may be a crook and control a corrupt machine, there doesn't seem to be anything "political" about his actions in the film. I wonder if the frame story was added after the fact? And I wonder why? In any event, this little-known entry in the Raymond Burr filmography is worth seeking out. Coincidentally, it was one of the last releases of Lippert Pictures, the interesting low-budget company that was a kind of PRC of the late 40s and early 50s. Lippert always padded its release schedule with imported films, including a number of excellent UK and continental crime/mystery films, some featuring American stars, and as the studio wound down to its end, more and more foreign films appeared. My review has been of the US release of this film, entitled THEY WERE SO YOUNG (AND SO IN DANGER). Perhaps someone who has the original German language version could tell us if the frame story exists in the original, or if there were political elements in the main plot that were cut out for the American release.

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