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Fiesta (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 12 June 1947 (USA)
When a matador leaves town to focus on his music, his twin sister takes on his identity in the bullfighting ring.


Richard Thorpe

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Cyd Charisse ... Conchita
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Famous matador Antonio Morales's disappointment turns to joy when his wife's pregnancy yields twins, and the second child is the hoped for boy. Morales names his twins Maria and Mario, and as soon as he is old enough, begins to train Mario for the bull-fighting ring. However, Mario's interests lie more in music, while his sister Maria is fascinated with the ring. Eventually, Mario is angered by the high demands of his father and leaves town for a chance to study with a famous composer. Mario abandoning the bullring brings disgrace to the family name, but Maria has a plan... Written by L. Hamre

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Release Date:

12 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiesta brava See more »

Filming Locations:

Puebla, Puebla, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Seattle Saturday 30 March 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Honolulu 28 May 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Portland OR 1 June 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Syracuse 29 June 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Chicago 7 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Los Angeles 16 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Tampa 21 September 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), in New York City Saturday 28 September 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Hartford CT 9 October 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Philadelphia 12 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Phoenix 23 January 1958 on KPHO (Channel 5), in San Francisco 1 November 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in Altoona PA 26 November 1958 on WFBG (Channel 10). 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 »


At the end of the first bullfighting scene when Maria is posing as Mario, we see her wave at the crowd with her matador hat in her hand, then we see her toss her hat into the crowd, then we see her walking with the hat in her hand and finally see her waving at the crowd without her hat. See more »


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Peaks and valleys.
1 May 2003 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

Leonard Maltin's mini-biography of Cyd Charisse contains a very accurate piece of text: "the producers saw to it that she made the maximum impact in the minimal amount of screen time." In FIESTA she has a painfully small role (roughly fifth or sixth billed in the credits), but when it comes time for her to do what she does best, she does not disappoint. The irony, of course, is that she more closely appears Latin (with enhanced Hollywood makeup) than does Esther Williams- and Williams has the dubious distinction of playing the twin sister (!) of Ricardo Montalban. This, of course, is not something to blame on the actors; it's simply one of those MGM premises you have to buy/accept right off the bat. Montalban's debut film shows him off very nicely as a passionate would-be toreador whose first love is composing music. The family seems to be socially prominent and the outdoor set pieces and colorful costumes enhance the south-of-the-border atmosphere quite nicely. But the highlights are undoubtedly from Montalban and Charisse playing young lovers who pause every fifteen or so minutes to dance: first in a sort of group flamenco in a local salon set to the music of "La Bamba," then in a rapturous formal duet (him in black suit and Mexican hat; her in a multi-tiered white gown). MGM must've liked them together as they paired them in no less than four different films in the late 40's: this one, THE KISSING BANDIT, MARK OF THE RENEGADE, and ON AN ISLAND WITH YOU, almost always in dance duets.

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