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Holiday in Mexico (1946)

The U.S. Ambassador's (Walter Pidgeon) daughter falls for a Mexican pianist (Jose Iturbi) old enough to be her grandfather.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

William Kozlenko (story), Isobel Lennart
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Cast

Cast overview:
Walter Pidgeon ... Jeffrey Evans
José Iturbi ... José Iturbi
Roddy McDowall ... Stanley Owen
Ilona Massey ... Countess Toni Karpathy
Xavier Cugat ... Xavier Cugat
Jane Powell ... Christine Evans
Hugo Haas ... Angus, Evans' butler
Mikhail Rasumny ... Baranga
Helene Stanley ... Yvette Baranga
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Sam, Evans' chauffeur
Amparo Iturbi Amparo Iturbi ... Herself
Tonia Hero Tonia Hero ... Mouse (Iturbi Grandchild)
Teresa Hero Teresa Hero ... Mouse (Iturbi Grandchild)
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Storyline

The U.S. Ambassador's (Walter Pidgeon) daughter falls for a Mexican pianist (Jose Iturbi) old enough to be her grandfather.

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M-G-M presents its Gayest Musical Romance in Carnival TECHNICOLOR


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ball in der Botschaft See more »

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Technical Specs

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 Los Angeles Tuesday 5 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Seattle 27 April 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in both Phoenix and Honolulu 18 May 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5) and on KHVH (Channel 13), in Norfolk VA 5 June 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Portland OR 7 June 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Syracuse 5 July 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Chicago 27 July 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Memphis 22 November 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 20 February 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Altoona PA 16 March 1958 on WFBG (Channel 10), and in San Francisco 18 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City its earliest documented airing took place 3 July 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). 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

At around the 53-minute mark, a shot shows a badly cracked floor tile. When an extra walks across the adjoining tile, it lifts up on one end and makes a SPLUNK sound when it falls back into place. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Owen: Mr Iturbi, you had lot of experience with women, isn't it?
José Iturbi: Well... yes.
Stanley Owen: What's the answer ?
José Iturbi: When I don't know what to do, I play the Piano
Stanley Owen: But... I don't know how to play Piano.
José Iturbi: Tch Tch... my boy, you are in trouble.
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Alternate Versions

"Why So Gloomy?", a musical number featuring Jane Powell and a Chinese boy, was cut from the film. It is included in the "Musical Jukebox" feature of the 2004 That's Entertainment! DVD box set. See more »

Connections

Featured in Private Screenings: Jane Powell (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Someone to Love
(uncredited)
Music by Paul Abraham
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
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enjoyable
1 April 2004 | by gwenearnoldSee all my reviews

My husband and I had the pleasure of attending Jose Iturbi's concerts in San Antonio and Austin, Texas; also, my husband was fortunate to hear sister Ampara Iturbi while stationed on Trinidad during WWII, so I always rewatch these old films with great nostalgia. As an amateur pianist I did so enjoy all the music in this film. Calypso, boogie woogie, and classical...something for anyone who enjoys music. Yes, the plots of these old movies were always simplistic, but they make such good clean time-passers, particularly amid the sleaze presented to us on TV and in film today. I am so glad they have been preserved and that we have channels devoted to them. They take me back to happy times.


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