Holiday in Mexico


2h 7m 1946
Holiday in Mexico

Brief Synopsis

An ambassador's daughter falls for a famous musician.

Film Details

Also Known As
Mexican Holiday
Genre
Comedy
Musical
Release Date
Sep 1946
Premiere Information
New York opening: 15 Aug 1946
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 7m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

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.

Cast

Walter Pidgeon

Jeffrey Evans

José Iturbi

Himself

Roddy Mcdowall

Stanley Owen

Ilona Massey

Toni Karpathy

Xavier Cugat

Jane Powell

Christine Evans

Hugo Haas

Angus

Mikhail Rasumny

Baranga

Helene Stanley

Yvette Baranga

Wm. "bill" Phillips

Sam

Amparo Iturbi

Iturbi's sister

Antonia Hero

Teresa Hero

Paul Stanton

Sir Edward Owen

Doris Lloyd

Lady Millicent Owen

Linda Christian

Angel

Marina Koshetz

Mme. Baranga

Warner Lee

Chinese boy

Ann Codee

Margaret

Rosita Marstini

Maria

Edward Kilroy

Secretary of State

Ruth Lee

Vera

Nino Pipitone Jr.

French boy

Frances Chung

Chinese girl

Jade King

Chinese girl

Grady Sutton

Tom

Juan Torena

Assistant

Gino Corrado

Assistant

Alfredo Sabato

Doorman

Albert Morin

Headwaiter

Jack Chefe

Headwaiter

Paul Bradley

Headwaiter

Tom Tamarez

Waiter

Lou Davis

Waiter

George Gastine

Waiter

William Hall

Naval attache

Bela Capary

Count Karpathy

Leon Belasco

Orchestra leader

Loraine Allen

Elsie, a maid

Harry Denny

Guest

Eugene King

Guest

Charles Gonzales

Guest

Ed Agresti

Guest

Olaf Hytten

Butler

Chris-pin Martin

Photographer

Emilia Diaz

Fortune teller

Robert Cory

British attache

Bob Thom

U.S. Army attache

Sam Savitsky

Diplomat

Julio Bonini

Diplomat

Joe Dominguez

Diplomat

Henry De Silva

Diplomat

John Piffle

Diplomat

Henry Orosco

Diplomat

Charles Legneur

Diplomat

Nestor Eristoff

Diplomat

Jack Deery

British secretary

Marie Farnum

Girl

Alice Grace

Girl

Sally Conlin

Girl

Leo Vandervelde

Boy

Denis Browne

Boy

Boots Brown

Boy

Bill Clauson

Boy

Paul Hilton

Boy

Tico-tico, A Dog

Xavier Cugat's chihuahua

Jascha, A Dog

The St. Bernard

Charles Regan

Lala De Tolly

Crew

Paul Abraham

Composer

Earl Brent

Composer

Nacio Herb Brown

Composer

James Campbell

Composer

Frédéric Chopin

Composer

Reginald Connelly

Composer

Xavier Cugat

Composer

Mark Davis

Matte paintings, Camera

Jack Dawn

Makeup created by

Alfred De Musset

Composer

Peter P. Decker

Music mixer

Leo Delibes

Composer

Ervin Drake

Composer

Rafael Duchesne

Composer

Ted Duncan

Orchestration

Jack Elliott

Composer

Sammy Fain

Composer

Ed Farley

Composer

Adrienne Fazan

Film Editor

James Z. Flaster

Re-rec and Effects mixer

Ralph Freed

Composer

Cedric Gibbons

Art Director

Victor Herbert

Composer

Red Hodgson

Composer

Irene

Costume Supervisor

Henry Jaffa

Associate (Color)

Natalie Kalmus

Technicolor Color Consultant

William Kozlenko

Original Story

Arthur A. Krams

Set Decoration

Sam Leavitt

2nd Camera

Isobel Lennart

Screenwriter

Frank B. Mackenzie

Unit mixer

Don Marcotte

Composer

Paul Marquardt

Orchestration

Noro Morales

Composer

Warren Newcombe

Special Effects

Ray Noble

Composer

Joseph Nussbaum

Orchestration

Joe Pasternak

Producer

Ralph A. Pender

Re-rec and Effects mixer

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Composer

George Rhein

Assistant Director

George Richelavie

Research Director

Mike Riley

Composer

William J. Saracino

Music mixer

Rece Saxon

Singing double for Ilona Massey

Franz Schubert

Composer

Wilbur Schwandt

Orchestration

Douglas Shearer

Recording Director

Robert W. Shirley

Re-rec and Effects mixer

Jack Martin Smith

Art Director

Raul Soler

Composer

Newell Sparks

Re-rec and Effects mixer

William Steinkamp

Re-rec and Effects mixer

Michael Steinore

Re-rec and Effects mixer

Sammy Stept

Composer

Georgie Stoll

Music Director

Harry Stradling

Director of Photography

Valles

Men's Costume

Richard Wagner

Composer

Felix Wayne

Research Assistant

Don T. Whitmer

Re-rec and Effects mixer

Edwin B. Willis

Set Decoration

Ed Woehler

Unit Manager

Rida Johnson Young

Composer

Film Details

Also Known As
Mexican Holiday
Genre
Comedy
Musical
Release Date
Sep 1946
Premiere Information
New York opening: 15 Aug 1946
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 7m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Articles

Holiday in Mexico


A 17-year-old Jane Powell made her MGM debut as the daughter of widowed ambassador Walter Pidgeon in this charming, tune-packed musical. The studio launched its newest star with a strong package featuring guest performances by Jose Iturbi and Xavier Cugat and a second blonde leading lady in Ilona Massey. They even allowed Pidgeon, once a star in operettas, a rare chance to sing on-screen. But the show is Powell's all the way as she sings "Ave Maria," an adaptation of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto called "I Think of You," the art song "Les Filles de Cadix," and one of Jeanette MacDonald's most popular numbers, "Italian Street Song." MGM even brought in Stanley Donen to choreograph and gave her an on-screen boyfriend played by Roddy McDowell, a relationship that's shaken when she develops a crush on the much-older Iturbi. The studio had signed the young soprano in 1944, but loaned her to United Artists for her first two pictures. Then they assigned her to producer Joe Pasternak, who had made teen soprano Deanna Durbin one of the '30s' biggest stars at Universal Pictures. He would go on to produce some of Powell's most popular pictures, including A Date With Judy (1948) and Rich, Young and Pretty (1951).

By Frank Miller
Holiday In Mexico

Holiday in Mexico

A 17-year-old Jane Powell made her MGM debut as the daughter of widowed ambassador Walter Pidgeon in this charming, tune-packed musical. The studio launched its newest star with a strong package featuring guest performances by Jose Iturbi and Xavier Cugat and a second blonde leading lady in Ilona Massey. They even allowed Pidgeon, once a star in operettas, a rare chance to sing on-screen. But the show is Powell's all the way as she sings "Ave Maria," an adaptation of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto called "I Think of You," the art song "Les Filles de Cadix," and one of Jeanette MacDonald's most popular numbers, "Italian Street Song." MGM even brought in Stanley Donen to choreograph and gave her an on-screen boyfriend played by Roddy McDowell, a relationship that's shaken when she develops a crush on the much-older Iturbi. The studio had signed the young soprano in 1944, but loaned her to United Artists for her first two pictures. Then they assigned her to producer Joe Pasternak, who had made teen soprano Deanna Durbin one of the '30s' biggest stars at Universal Pictures. He would go on to produce some of Powell's most popular pictures, including A Date With Judy (1948) and Rich, Young and Pretty (1951). By Frank Miller

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Trivia

One of several films in which a young Fidel Castro appears as an extra, mostly in crowd scenes.

Notes

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".