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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Saturday 25 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 17 April 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), by New York City 6 August 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and by San Francisco 5 December 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. 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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A beautiful nightmare.
17 November 2003 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

It was shown on TCM this past weekend. It's a fantasy musical which has sort of unanimously been regarded as a mild stinker-- but amazingly has been amalgamated with a cult following over the years. (What're you gonna do?) It's not a serious piece of movie- not even in the Hollywood-attempting-a-certain-atmosphere vain. One look at the artificial sets, the candy-box Technicolor, and the performances and you need- I repeat NEED- to suspend yourself for 106 minutes and just let go. Lucille Bremer was actually a fine dancer (if you watched her and Fred Astaire in ZIEGFELD FOLLIES), but her abilities are not put to best use here. Record it (as I did), and just fast-forward to "Coffee Time," a sensational, four-minute hand-clapping dance performed in a Latin Carnival, on a floor of swirling black-and-white zebra stripes, easily the best thing in the movie.


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