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Latin Lovers (1953)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 28 August 1953 (USA)
Nora Taylor has $37,000,00 but thinks every man she meets prefers her bankbook figure to her own, and that include her current fiancé, Paul Chevron, who has $48,000,000 of his own. Paul ... See full summary »

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Mervyn LeRoy

Writer:

Isobel Lennart
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Nora Taylor
Ricardo Montalban ... Roberto Santos
John Lund ... Paul Chevron
Louis Calhern ... Grandfather Eduardo Santos
Jean Hagen ... Anne Kellwood
Eduard Franz ... Dr. Lionel Y. Newman
Beulah Bondi ... Analyst
Joaquin Garay Joaquin Garay ... Zeca
Archer MacDonald Archer MacDonald ... Howard G. Hubbell
Dorothy Neumann ... Mrs. Lionel Y. Newman
Robert Burton ... Mr. Cumberly
Rita Moreno ... Christina
The Modernaires The Modernaires ... Themselves
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Queenie Leonard ... Rufina (scenes deleted)
Natividad Vacío Natividad Vacío ... Vacuum Cleaner Man (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Nora Taylor has $37,000,00 but thinks every man she meets prefers her bankbook figure to her own, and that include her current fiancé, Paul Chevron, who has $48,000,000 of his own. Paul goes to Brazil to play some polo, and Nora follows along. There, she meets and falls for Roberto Santos, whom she thinks has no money, who is really overjoyed when he discovers she has a lot of money. This depresses her somewhat. But, this being a big-budget MGM film, which means that the two top-billed characters have to end up together, winds up with Metro-plot-218 that says Roberto has a few potatoes (or bananas) of his own and is just pleased to find out she isn't a gold digger after his money. The rich get richer and the poor need not apply. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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That "Bad and Beautiful" girl in a de luxe musical of romantic Rio! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lune de miel au Brésil See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The difference in the way Ricardo Montalban's and Rita Moreno's characters are presented here speaks to Hollywood's attitude toward Latin actors at the time. While Montalban is cast as a "Latin lover" (in the tradition of Rudolf Valentino and Gilbert Roland) Moreno serves merely as a romantic rival for Lana Turner but is not considered worthy of being an object of desire herself. It would be nearly a decade longer, when Moreno won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for West Side Story, before this inequity would finally be addressed. See more »

Quotes

Roberto Santos: I took one look at you and knew I had to kiss you.
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Featured in Hollywood, la vie rêvée de Lana Turner (2018) See more »

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
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Colorful but bland
5 March 2011 | by vincentlynch-moonoiSee all my reviews

When I was young I thought the two most beautiful women in the world were Sophia Loren and Lana Turner. Then I saw Lana Turner in an extensive interview, and discovered that she was close to being the clichéd dumb blond. There is something more stupid however -- this movie. Another one of those feel sorry for the rich because they have such difficult lives...even more pathetic since this is a romantic comedy.

Speaking of beauty, Lana is not at her most beautiful here...a little full in the face. And it's difficult to judge her acting here since the story is so dumb. Ricardo Montalban actually does quite well here, as does John Lund. Louis Calhern is absolutely delightful in the illogical role of the Latin Lover's grandfather. And, it's nice to see Beulah Bondi in an atypical role for her -- psychiatrist (too bad it was such a small -- though pivotal -- role). Jean Hagen is pretty good in her supporting role here, but Eduard Franz has a disappointing role for such a fine character actor.

But, the film is beautiful in its color, and there's some very nice Latin music here.

Mervyn Leroy is one of the great directors, but, as the old saying goes, you can't win them all.


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