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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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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 Trumbo (2007)See more »
Heute Nacht ist mir die Liebe begegnetSee more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A fast, tight, but somehow mediocre movie with some exotic sets..., 29 October 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

They Were So Young (1954)

An early widescreen movie. It's low budget (showing how mainstream the format had become this first full year of its use), but has some terrific scenes and a fun twist of a plot about a scheme to trap young European girls into a modeling gig in Rio that turns into a kind of prostitution slave-girl trade.

The big star is Raymond Burr, who is excellent in his brief appearances, but the main man is a likable Scott Brady, who is an archetypal nice guy American who sees trouble in this foreign land and saves the damsels who would otherwise perish. It's an odd twist that the bad guys in Brazil are actually American, too (Burr), but that's probably good, not to typecast the South Americans as the bad guys.

Director Kurt Neumann is famous for the idiosyncratic and important original version of "The Fly" as well as the notoriously awful "She-Demon." The long list of his films includes a lot of dregs, including a series of half-length movies (called streamliners) that were super low budget fillers. But because of all this work he was an experienced pro by 1954, and adapted to the wide screen exotic scenario here pretty well. The story, however streamlined itself, is a believable and frightening one. If the outcome is too predictable, that's true with half of Hollywood, so just go for the ride.

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