Masquerade in Mexico


1h 36m 1946

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 22, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

On a plane to Mexico City, American nightclub entertainer Angel O'Reilly slips a stolen diamond into the pocket of her airsick seat mate, banker Tom Grant. Tom is detained in Mexico City when customs officials find the famous diamond in his pocket, and Angel breaks off her engagement to Boris Cassall, who coerced her into transporting the diamond across the border. Angel slips away from Boris, who has taken her wallet to keep her from escaping, and is driven into the city by kindly taxi driver Pablo, who dreams of being an opera singer. After Angel fails to get work on her own, Pablo tells the owner of a posh nightclub that she is the Condessa of Costa Mora from Spain, and she is hired to perform. Angel is horrified when she sees Tom at the nightclub the first time she sings, but Tom insists that she join him, as well as his estranged wife Helen, and Helen's suitor, Mexican bullfighter Manolo Segovia, for drinks. Pleased that Manolo has become smitten by Angel, Tom reveals that he is aware that she framed him, and insists that she maintain her pretense as a countess and lure Manolo away from Helen, who has left Tom for the bullfighter. Tom underwrites Angel's luxurious hotel room and expensive clothes, and Angel succeeds in making Helen extremely jealous. One afternoon, Boris sees them at the bullfight, and learns that Angel is pretending to be a countess. Later, Tom invites Angel to his country home, where Helen is planning to premiere a ballet she has created. Helen discovers that Angel is an impostor after her houseguest, Irene Denny, claims to know the condessa's best friend. Just as Helen is about to announce publicly that Angel is a fraud, she is interrupted by the arrival of Boris, who announces himself as the Condé of Costa Mora. As this seems to confirm that Angel is the real thing, Helen drops her accusation. Manolo then intensifies his romantic pursuit of Angel, but Angel falls in love with Tom because he has been honest and supportive. Angel has no intention of marrying Manolo or Boris, and reassures Tom that she was not a willing participant in the jewel theft. On the eve of the ballet's premiere, Tom pays Boris to leave for good. Before going, however, Boris steals Helen's diamond necklace while proclaiming his love for her. Angel finds them together and, disgusted by Helen's loose morals, decides to leave with Boris. After Helen discovers that her necklace has been stolen, Manolo follows Boris and Angel, chasing their car off the road and knocking out Boris. Manolo then retrieves the necklace and Angel tells him her true identity on the way back to the Grant mansion. Although Manolo still wants to marry her, Angel does not love him. Helen, meanwhile, tells Tom she is definitely suing for divorce despite his efforts to revive their relationship. After Manolo returns Helen's diamonds, Tom has renewed hope for the future, and goes to see Angel while Manolo flirts with a pretty dancer.

Cast

Dorothy Lamour

Angel O'Reilly, also known as Condessa de Costa Mora

Arturo De Córdova

Manolo Segovia

Patric Knowles

Tom Grant

Ann Dvorak

Helen Grant

George Rigaud

Boris Cassall, also known as Conductoré de Costa Mora

Natalie Schafer

Irene Denny

Mikhail Rasumny

Pablo

Billy Daniels

Rico Fenway

The Guadalajara Trio

Martin Garralaga

José

Lester Luther

Felipe Diaz

Dina Smirnova

Friedo Diaz

Enrique Valadez

Specialty dancer

Rita Lupino

Specialty dancer

Mimi Doyle

Stewardess

Lucille Porcette

Woman at airport

Tony Roux

Man at airport

Sam Appel

Man at airport

Elias Gamboa

Man at airport

Al Haskell

Taxi driver

Leo Martin

Taxi driver

Art Felix

Taxi driver

Ray Beltram

Taxi driver

Roque Ybarra

Taxi driver

Eddie Laughton

F.B.I. man

William Newell

F.B.I. man

James Flavin

F.B.I. man

Charles A. Hughes

F.B.I. man

Robert Middlemass

Customs official

George Anderson

Customs official

Kernan Cripps

Customs official

Nell Craig

Customs matron

Perc Launders

P.A.A. traffic man

Grace Gillern

P.A.A. passenger service girl

Frank Faylen

Brooklyn

Don Avalier

Headwaiter

Juan Torena

Master of ceremonies

Tony Paton

Desk clerk

Felipe Turich

Desk clerk

Pepito Perez

Angel's chauffeur

Leon Lombardo

Bellboy

Primo Lopez

Cushion boy

Joaquin Elizondo

Dignified man

Albert Baldo

Spectator

Nina Borget

Spectator

Enrique Acosta

Spectator

Rudolfo Hoyos Jr.

Spectator

Rudolfo Hoyos Sr.

Spectator

Eva Puig

Spectator

Jerry Martin

Spectator

Jose Portugal

Spectator

Leon Lenoir

Spectator

Paulita Arviza

Spectator

Frank Leyva

Newspaperman

John Laurenz

Banderilla vendor

Guy Zanette

Servant

Ted Rand

Servant

Charles Teske

Guest

Allen Pinson

Guest

Gordon Arnold

Guest

John Marlowe

Guest

Jean Acker

Guest

Roberta Jonay

Guest

Mae Busch

Guest

Stan Johnson

Guest

Miriam Franklin

Guest

Julia Faye

Guest

Ernest Hilliard

Guest

Virginia Doffy

Dancer

Rosalie Miller

Dancer

Betty Jean Orth

Dancer

Jean De Briac

Julian Rivero

Alfonso De Larios

Charles Stevens

Crew

Pancho Aliati

Nightclub tech adv

Roland Anderson

Art Director

Neal Beckner

2nd Camera

Jack Bishop

Assistant Camera

Dick Brandow

Props

Douglas Bridges

2d Assistant Director

Charley Burner

Makeup Artist

Salvatore Cammarano

Composer

Fay Chaney

Body makeup artist

John Coonan

Assistant Director

Irving Cooper

Screenplay clerk

Rex Coover

Wardrobe

John Cope

Sound Recording

Billy Daniels

Dances staged by

Ruth Davis

Wardrobe

Joe Dominguez

2d Assistant Director

Gaetano Donizetti

Composer

Hans Dreier

Art Director

Josephine Earl

Dance Director

Farciot Edouart

Process Photography

George Erlinger

Recording

Arthur Franklin

Music Associate

Miriam Franklin

Dance Assistant

Jack Golden

Dance Music adv

Frances Grant

Assistant Dance Director

Loyal Griggs

1st Camera, Mexico

Tex Harris

2d Assistant Director

Edith Head

Costumes

Hayden Hohstadt

Mike grip

Gordon Jennings

Special Photography Effects

Marcos A. Jiménez

Composer

Jack Koffman

Stills

Augustín Lara

Composer

María Teresa Lara

Composer

Sam Ledner

Dance Supervisor

Mitchell Leisen

Company

Joseph J. Lilley

Vocal Arrangements

Lionel Lindon

Director of Photography

Eddie Lisbona

Composer

Phyllis Loughton

Dialogue Director

Alma Macrorie

Editing

Noel Madison

Dial coach

Nellie Manley

Hair

Al Mann

Assistant Dance Director

Edwin Justus Mayer

Based on a Story by

Bob Mayo

Casting

Don Mckay

Sound Recording

Ray Moyer

Set Decoration

Bob Musel

Composer

Ben Raleigh

Composer

Ed Ralph

Production Manager

Elaine Ramsey

Hair

Francisco Reves

Bullfighting tech adv

Bob Rogers

Electrician

Ernesto A. Romero

Technical Advisor

Leonora Sabine

Hair

Floyd Simonton

Pub

W. C. Smith

Stage eng

Franz Spencer

Based on a Story by

Alice Thomas

Casting

Karl Tunberg

Producer

Karl Tunberg

Screenwriter

Darrell Turnmire

Grip

J. Vincent

Dial coach

James M. Walters

Props

Bernie Wayne

Composer

Wally Westmore

Makeup Supervisor

Stanley Williams

Gaffer

Victor Young

Music Director

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 22, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library reveals that in December 1944, the PCA rejected an early draft of this film's script, calling it "both basically and in detail...completely unacceptable" due to the "thoroughly unacceptable treatment of marriage, which is further complicated by the suggested relationship between "Helen" and Tito [later called "Manolo"]. The PCA also objected to "the unacceptable sex suggestiveness which is inescapable, in the several scenes having to do with the attempts to have Boris and Angel occupy the same room." In the original script, "Angel" and "Boris" are partners in crime, and she slips the stolen diamond into "Tom Grant's" pocket to avoid a customs search. The original story then continues in the same vein as the film; however, Grant and his wife have not separated, and he seeks to prevent a split-up by using Angel as a distraction for Manolo. In the end, both Boris and Angel are arrested, but Tom gets Angel paroled into his custody after his divorce. After several conferences, Paramount agreed to change the story, and a December 21, 1944 PCA memo noted that "[a]s they now propose to re-write it, it will be a story of a marriage which has already broken up, before the play gets under way, and it will really be the story of the attempt on the part of a married man to regain his marriage." Furthermore, the file noted that "the Dorothy Lamour character would not be shown as a criminal and consequently, it will not be necessary to 'punish' her."
       According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Paulette Goddard was initially considered for the lead role. Hollywood Reporter news items also noted that actresses Margaret Field and Beverly Johnson were cast in the film, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Writers Edwin Justus Mayer and Franz [Schulz] Spencer also wrote the original story for the 1939 film Midnight, on which this film was based (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.2853). According to information in the Paramount Collection at the AMPAS Library, some scenes were shot on location in Brownsville, TX and Mexico City, Mexico.