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Fiesta(1947)

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The onscreen credits contain the following written acknowledgment: "We wish gratefully to acknowledge the friendly cooperation of the Mexican government and the genuine hospitality of the Mexican people, without whose assistance the filming of this picture in their country would not have been possible." The film marked the American film debut of actor Ricardo Montalban, who had previously starred in Mexican films. Hollywood Reporter production charts and contemporary news items indicate that actor Carlos Ramirez was set for a featured role, but he did not appear in the released film. A September 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Leonard Smith was set as the director of photography, but the extent of his contribution to the released film has not been determined. News items in Hollywood Reporter indicate that prior to the start of principal photography, some shooting took place in Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico in October and November 1945. It is possible that Smith shot these sequences but they were not included in the film. Most of the picture was filmed in Mexico in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla and Quertaro. A December 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that M-G-M restored to its original state the Hacienda San Antonio Chatlou, which was used as a location for the fiesta sequences. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture. The Variety reviewer called the picture a "Technicolor trailer for Mexican-American goodwill."