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A New York magazine sends its editors to South America to find beautiful girls.
Charlie Corker, the foreign editor of Western World magazine, explains how his publication came to sponsor the Pan-American musical revue: Charlie had originally intended to publish a special issue featuring a photographic essay on the Pan-American countries until Dan Jordan, the magazine's womanizing photographer, returns from an assignment at the war front and Helen "Hoppy" Hopkins, the editor, assigns him to a glamour-shoot for the special issue. To work as his feature writer, Dan asks for Joan Parker, a woman he has never met but who has been highly recommended by a friend in Australia. When Dan kisses Joan immediately after being introduced to her, she slaps him and he hires her. On the way to Mexico City, the first stop on their tour, Dan's companion informs him that she is not Joan Parker but Jo Anne Benson and that she deceived him because she wanted the job. At the Mexico City airport, they are met by Hoppy and Charlie. When Jo announces that she and Dan are "sort of engaged," Hoppy warns her that Dan is a womanizer and asks what she plans to do about her fiancé, Jerry Bruce, who is living in Rio. Jo, who is Hoppy's protegé, explains that she only attached herself to Dan to hitch a ride to Rio, and that she knows Dan cannot be serious about any woman. That night, Dan meets his old girl friend, Lupita, at a nightclub, and after the two leave the club together, Jo reassures Hoppy that Dan is not interested in her. When Dan returns home early, however, Jo decides to openly pursue him, hoping that he will lose interest in her. Jo's night of seduction is interrupted by Hoppy, however, and the next day they all rise early to photograph a wedding ceremony being held at a country village. The bride is dressed in a white gown given to her by her groom, and inspired by the ceremony, Dan kisses Jo. When she tries to admit her true feelings to him, he confesses that he is falling in love with her. After leaving Mexico, the tour continues through Central America to Havana, where Jo receives sketches of the house that Jerry is building for her in Rio. Deciding that she must take more desperate measures to discourage Dan's romantic impulses, Jo asks Hoppy why he broke his three previous engagements. When Hoppy replies that the women were too enthralled by him and overly domestic, Jo decides to employ those traits to cool Dan's ardor. Lupita, determined to be named the winner of one of the Pan- American pageants, follows the tour to Havana, and when Dan refuses to date his old girl friend, Jo begins to gush about how "wonderful" he is and paints an image of blissful domesticity. When Jo's words fail to have their desired effect, she goes to Dan's room to tell him the truth. Before Jo can speak, however, Dan presents her with a wedding gown and is about to propose when Jerry calls, looking for his fiancée, Miss Benson. Dan is crestfallen at the news that Jo is engaged to another man, and Jo feels remorse for hurting him. From Cuba, the tour flies to Rio, where Jerry meets Jo and Jerry's uncle Rudy invites the group to stay at his estate. When the two rivals begin to vie for Jo's attention, Hoppy tells Dan that Jerry would be a better husband to Jo and asks him to leave her alone. Refusing to give Jo up, Dan pretends that a phone call from Charlie is really from his uncle, summoning him home to care for his sick aunt. At the news of Dan's imminent departure, Jo begins to cry and runs out of the room. Jerry, who has overheard the entire conversation and knows that it was all a ruse, congratulates Dan on his impending marriage to Jo. At the show that night, Jo and Dan hold hands, and by the time the curtain comes down and Lupita is declared Miss Brooklyn, the place of her birth, the two lovebirds have "flown the coop."
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|MPAA Ratings:||Premiere Info:||New York opening: week of 22 Mar 1945|
|Release Date:||1945||Production Date:||
|Color/B&W:||Distributions Co:||RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.|
|Sound:||Production Co:||RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.|
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Pan the leads
The musical numbers were enjoyable if a bit too similar. Phillip Terry and Audrey Long are the dull leads in this romantic comedy. What a shame that two of...
Pan Americana, a movie for everyone
The movie itself has two main pointswhich most movies today lack,acting, and location.......most movies today use computers to make the location seem...