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Holiday in Mexico

Holiday in Mexico(1946)

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Christine Evans, the fifteen-year-old daughter of the widowed American ambassador to Mexico Jeffrey Evans, believes that she is no longer a young girl and that she has fully matured into adulthood. Eager to make her mark in the sophisticated world of foreign diplomats living in Mexico, Christine appoints herself as organizer of her father's social activities and takes over the planning of a big garden party he will be hosting. Because he loves his daughter, Jeffrey is patient with Christine's meddling and allows her to take charge. At the same time, Stanley Owen, the young son of the British ambassador to Mexico and Christine's sweetheart, is perplexed by the sudden change in Christine's behavior. To ensure that the party at her house will be a great success, Christine visits the nightclub where famous orchestra leader Xavier Cugat is appearing, and asks him if he and his Hungarian singer, Toni Karpathy, will perform at her father's party. Cugat accepts Christine's invitation but tells her that Toni does not sing at private functions. Unaware that Toni and Jeffrey were former sweethearts, Christine sneaks into the singer's home and implores her to sing at the party. Toni consents when she realizes that the party will be hosted by Jeffrey. Later, Christine and Stanley visit pianist José Iturbi, who is rehearsing his new show, hoping that he, too, will agree to perform at the party. José, however, mistakes Christine for one of the many singers who seek an audition with him, and has her sing a song. Enchanted by Christine's voice, José immediately offers her a spot in his next concert. Christine eventually explains her reason for visiting José, and though he is disappointed that she will not be singing with his orchestra, he agrees to perform at the party. Before the party, Jeffrey pays a secret visit to Toni, and the two reminisce about their past. Jeffrey and Toni eventually rekindle their romance, and Christine becomes jealous. Christine later accepts the starring role in José's show, but complications arise when she mistakes his kindness to her for romantic interest. Stanley, jealous of Christine's attentions to José, tells Jeffrey that Christine has fallen in love with José. Jeffrey initially dismisses Stanley's claims as mere jealousy, but certain clues soon lead Jeffrey to suspect that José and Christine may be engaged in an unsavory affair. Confused about his daughter's relationship with José, Jeffrey tries to learn more about it by asking Christine's young friend Yvette Baranga some hypothetical questions about the nature of girlhood crushes on older men. Unknown to Jeffrey, Yvette, who has a crush on him, confuses his awkward questions for romantic interest. Jeffrey later is relieved when José insists that he and Christine are just friends, and José breaks Christine's heart when he tells her that he loves her as he loves his two grandchildren. Confusion abounds at the Evans home, as Jeffrey is visited by Yvette's parents, who are eager to see him marry Yvette and pay them a dowry. Jeffrey eventually scares away Yvette's parents by demanding dowry from them. Christine becomes distraught and plans to run away from home until Jeffrey comforts her and tells her that it is only human to make mistakes and look foolish. Christine later joins José on stage for her concert debut, which is attended by Stanley and Jeffrey, with Toni at his side.