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Yolanda and the Thief (1945)

Approved | | Fantasy, Musical, Romance | 23 April 1946 (Sweden)
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 ... Major Domo
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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


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Trivia

According to the introduction by Robert Osborne on a TCM broadcast, Lucille Ball was going to play the Frank Morgan role of the fellow con-artist to Fred Astaire. 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

Victor Budlow Trout: Johnny, do you realize the penalty for impersonating an angel?
Johnny Parkson Riggs: No, what is it?
Victor Budlow Trout: Well, it's - it's - pretty severe.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Yolanda
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Fred Astaire and Lucille Bremer (dubbed by Trudy Erwin)
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thief or angel?
20 July 2008 | by didi-5See all my reviews

A piece of Hollywood hokum, this musical has Lucille Bremer as an heiress who has been sheltered all her young life in a convent, and Fred Astaire as an enterprising thief who (stay with us here) presents himself, and is accepted as, Yolanda's guardian angel! Of course his aim is to get all her money and disappear over the border, but he's foiled along the way by fate (or is it?). The good thing about this hard to swallow fable is that there are two or three really enterprising dance numbers, and they are worth your time. But there are no real story surprises - the 'twist' you can probably see coming a mile away and of course, there is always a happy ending and a quick resolve in an MGM movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,443,322 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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