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Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 10 March 1950 (USA)
A mother and daughter compete over the same singing role and, unbeknownst to each other, the same man.


Robert Z. Leonard


Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Jane Hall (based on a story by) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Ann Sothern ... Frances Elliott
Jane Powell ... Nancy Barklay
Barry Sullivan ... Paul Berten
Carmen Miranda ... Marina Rodrigues
Louis Calhern ... Gregory Elliott
Scotty Beckett ... Scotty Sheldan
Fortunio Bonanova ... Ricardo Domingos
Glenn Anders ... Arthur Barrett
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Harrison
Hans Conried ... Alfredo
Frank Fontaine Frank Fontaine ... Masher


A mother and daughter compete over the same singing role and, unbeknownst to each other, the same man.

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It's Eastertime...time for M-G-M's TECHNICOLOR treat with a musical beat!!!


Comedy | Musical


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


This film was a turning point for Ann Sothern on two counts acknowledging her age. It was her first portrayal of a mother with a grown child, and the plot involved a playwright rejecting Sothern's character for a role -- despondently remarking "I thought she was younger!" -- which he then proceeds to offer to her daughter, See more »


When Nancy returns to her room after the shipboard dinner, it is late at night, but whenever we see the ocean behind her, it is bright day. See more »

Crazy Credits

based on a story by Jane Hall, Frederick Kohner and Ralph Block See more »

Alternate Versions

A whole musical number, "Mention My Name In Sheboygan", performed by Jane Powell & Scotty Beckett, was ultimately cut from the final film. Clips of this scene are still in existence. See more »


Featured in Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business (1995) See more »


Written by Ray Gilbert
Performed by Carmen Miranda
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Keep the Latins guessing!
13 October 2001 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

Can't help liking a musical that features silly lyrics like: "Nancy goes to Rio - Me-oh, my-oh, me-oh" and "Keep the Latins guessing!". How crude - sometimes enjoyably crude - Hollywood's image of foreign lands and sounds! I lived in Sao Paulo for a year (1962), and I don't remember seeing any Latins. Instead, there were a lot of fellow human beings. The best song in the movie was written by a "Latin": Mexican genius Maria Grever, so sadly forgotten. She wrote American standards like "What a Difference a Day Makes". Jane Powell is great, as usual, and so is Scotty Beckett. His life was one of the saddest Hollywood tragedies, probably a case of undiagnosed depression. Yet he looks so happy and confident on screen, more so than most major stars. This silly musical is not as good as "A DATE WITH JUDY", but it will do just fine. Enchantment guaranteed.

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English | Portuguese

Release Date:

10 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ambassador to Brazil 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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