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Yolanda and the Thief (1945)

Johnny Riggs, a con man on the lam, finds himself in a Latin-American country named Patria. There, he overhears a convent-bred rich girl praying to her guardian angel for help in managing ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Jacques Théry (story) (as Jacques Thery), Ludwig Bemelmans (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Johnny Parkson Riggs
Lucille Bremer ... Yolanda
Frank Morgan ... Victor Budlow Trout
Mildred Natwick ... Aunt Amarilla
Mary Nash ... Duenna
Leon Ames ... Mr. Candle
Ludwig Stössel ... School Teacher (as Ludwig Stossel)
Jane Green Jane Green ... Mother Superior
Remo Bufano Remo Bufano ... Puppeteer
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Padre
Leon Belasco ... Taxi Driver
Gigi Perreau ... Gigi (as Ghislaine Perreau)
Charles La Torre Charles La Torre ... Police Lieutenant
Michael Visaroff Michael Visaroff ... Major Domo
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Storyline

Johnny Riggs, a con man on the lam, finds himself in a Latin-American country named Patria. There, he overhears a convent-bred rich girl praying to her guardian angel for help in managing her tangled business affairs. Riggs decides to materialize as the girl's "angel", gains her unquestioning confidence, and helps himself to the deluded girl's millions. Just as he and his partner are about to flee Patria with their booty, Riggs realizes he has fallen in love with the girl and returns the money, together with a note that is part confession and part love letter. But the larcenous duo's escape from Patria turns out to be more difficult than they could ever have imagined. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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M.G.M.'s magic musical in Technicolor


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

El ladrón y la bella See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,443,322 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally planned to star Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. Plans were abandoned when Garland was cast in the big budget western musical The Harvey Girls (1946). The two would eventually be cast opposite each other in Easter Parade (1948). See more »

Goofs

During Johnny Parkson Riggs first dance / dream sequence, after the coins fall from the sky, the shadow of the camera dolly is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Amarilla: Do my fingernails immediately and bring them to my room.
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Soundtracks

Coffee Time
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Fred Astaire and Lucille Bremer (dubbed by Trudy Erwin)
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maybe just enjoy it anyway?
25 May 2006 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Imagine if Pufnstuf married Mary Poppins at MGM in 1945. Hmmm. This eyegoggling Technicolor extravaganza set in South America is basically the movie version of the box of chocolates Forrest Gump's Mum warned us about. Unsuspecting viewers might be initially puzzled at the setting and the ideology of the characters. But if you are willing to be patient and be generous about the casting and look forward to a sumptuous feast of color MGM musical effervescence... Well YOLANDA is possibly one of the three top visual treats from that studio. WIZARD OF OZ and THE PIRATE are my votes for the other two. This puts us firmly in a fantasy mode of dreamy musicals with some bitter edges and sexual undercurrent. Read the other comments on this site for YOLANDA they quite well describe some odd things and mostly agree on the film's triumphs: the art direction and the 'Coffeetime' dance number. For me there is an extra musical bonus: The song called "I've An Angel": its breathtaking romantic excitement, the swoon-worthy sexual beauty of Lucille Bremer emerging from her bath to dress in ultra sheer imagery of famed Vargas Girl style.. and the song itself hummed and sung as she bathes, dresses, leaves the house and rushes through the night for a possibly breathless encounter. YOLANDA has many delights, like that chocolate box itself, and it is over ripe and heady. But I am so happy it exists, so delicious a cinematic fruit salad. It cost a mammoth $4million dollars in 1945 and did not return its cost. Made in the days when 'Art for Arts sake" the MGM motto on the ribbon over the growling lion logo, actually meant what it said. YOLANDA (and THE PIRATE) are both genuine art musicals. Know that and you will enjoy.


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