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Holiday in Mexico(1946)

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The film's working title was Mexican Holiday. This film marked Jane Powell's first picture for M-G-M. According to a pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, actor Skippy Homeier was originally sought for the part played by Roddy McDowall. Pre-production news items also noted that Hedy Lamarr and Ray Bolger were set for roles, but they did not appear in the released film. A March 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item listed Carlos Ramirez in the cast, but he was not in the released film. A January 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that director George Sidney filmed added scenes featuring former St. Louis Browns baseball team manager Fred Haney in the role of a baseball commentator. Though Haney's scene was set for the opening sequence, it was not used in the final film. According to an August 1945 memo in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the Hays Office complained to producer Joe Pasternak that the film had portrayed Mexicans as only "underlings and servants," and urged him to "find some way to get into your picture some nice Mexicans." Memos in the file also indicate that Pasternak complied with the Hays Office's request by changing the character of the boy who dances with Jane Powell from a French boy to a Mexican boy. Modern sources list Stanley Donen as the film's choreographer and include silent star King Baggot in the cast as "dress extra".