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Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)

Bienvenido Mister Marshall (original title)
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After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

Director:

Luis García Berlanga (as Luis G. Berlanga)

Writers:

Juan Antonio Bardem (story) (as J.A. Bardem), Luis García Berlanga (story) (as L.G. Berlanga) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lolita Sevilla ... Carmen Vargas
Manolo Morán ... Manolo
José Isbert ... Don Pablo, el alcalde
Alberto Romea ... Don Luis, el caballero
Elvira Quintillá ... Señorita Eloísa, la maestra
Luis Pérez de León ... Don Cosme, el cura
Félix Fernández ... Don Emiliano, el médico
Fernando Aguirre Fernando Aguirre ... Geronimo - el secretario
Joaquín Roa ... Julían - el pregonero
Nicolás D. Perchicot ... Boticario (as Nicolás Perchicot)
José Franco ... Delegado general
Rafael Alonso ... Enviado
José María Rodríguez José María Rodríguez ... José
Elisa Méndez Elisa Méndez ... Doña Raquel
Matilde López Roldán Matilde López Roldán ... Doña Matilde
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Storyline

The little village of Villar del Río is awaiting the song performance of Carmen Vargas, 'The Great Andalusian Star'. The quiet village is governed by a deaf, naughty and good-natured Mayor, who's only seeking the way to give life to the place. By the same time good news comes to the village: the arrival of North American high personalities that will give economical aid to the nation city by city, village by village. The Mayor doesn't know what to do to welcome them. Carmen Vargas's agent throws surprising initiatives, moving all the village people just to prepare a better reception for the foreigners. His idea is to disguise all the farmers as Andalusians and add colour to every street with typical decorations. All of them start to work, and also to dream and think about what they're going to request the Americans, who will come with lots of dollars. The day of the arrival everybody at Villar del Río is in the streets, from the Mayor to the newborn child... Written by Miguel Ángel Díaz González

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Comedy

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Trivia

When the film was presented at the Cannes Film Festival, the production company had the idea of distributing $1 bills with the images of José Isbert and Lolita Sevilla in place of George Washington. See more »

Goofs

When Juan runs to the tractor during the dream sequence, the plywood resting over the back of the tractor falls to the ground. When Juan and his family board the tractor, the plywood is back against the back of the tractor and it falls again. See more »

Quotes

Don Pablo, el alcalde: Dear citizens of Villar del Río: as your mayor, I owe you an explanation, and I'm going to give you this explanation that I owe you, because as your mayor, I owe you an explanation, and I'm going to give you this explanation that I owe you, because as your mayor...
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Connections

Referenced in ¡Que vienen los socialistas! (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

De Sevilla al Canadá
Music by Juan Solano (as Maestro Solano)
Lyrics by José Antonio Ochaíta and Xandro Valerio
Performed by Lolita Sevilla
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This is the most modern film in Spanish cinema
14 November 2010 | by m_zambrunoSee all my reviews

Bienvenido Mr Marshall is the most modern thing in the whole of Spanish cinema, because it was modern even before anyone knew what modernity was cinema wise, at least not in Spain, less so in England or I'd say even France... This was done in 1952, released next year!

If Billy Wilder had filmed this, it would have fitted in with the rest of his films, but, bad luck, Berlanga did it first!

I didn't give this film 10 stars because of the musical numbers, which I think are a bit too many and long. Although they've got their place in the story and there's a reason why they're there, this film isn't a music film, and I think them excessive.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Latin | English

Release Date:

17 July 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome Mr. Marshall! See more »

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Budget:

ESP2,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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