Holiday in Mexico (1946)

127 mins | Romantic comedy | September 1946

Director:

George Sidney

Writer:

Isobel Lennart

Producer:

Joe Pasternak

Cinematographer:

Harry Stradling

Editor:

Adrienne Fazan

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

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 HR , 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 Mar 1944 HR news item listed Carlos Ramirez in the cast, but he was not in the released film. A Jan 1946 HR 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 Aug 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 ... More Less

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 HR , 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 Mar 1944 HR news item listed Carlos Ramirez in the cast, but he was not in the released film. A Jan 1946 HR 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 Aug 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". More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 Jul 1946.
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Daily Variety
23 Jul 46
p. 3, 17
Film Daily
25 Jul 46
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Mar 44
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Mar 44
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 44
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 44
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jul 45
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Aug 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Dec 45
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jan 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 46
p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Dec 45
p. 2764.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 Jul 46
pp. 3113-14.
New York Times
16 Aug 46
p. 19.
Variety
24 Aug 46
p. 14.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
and His Orchestra
and Your Young Singing Star
and the Grandchildren of José Iturbi:
Lou Davis
Henry Orosco
Lala De Tolly
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Men's cost
SOUND
Rec dir
Unit mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Matte paintings, cam
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Research dir
Research asst
STAND INS
Singing double for Ilona Massey
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
Assoc
SOURCES
MUSIC
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Polonaise in A Flat, Opus 53 by Frédéric Chopin
"Linda Mujer" by Rafael Duchesne
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MUSIC
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Polonaise in A Flat, Opus 53 by Frédéric Chopin
"Linda Mujer" by Rafael Duchesne
"Liebstod" from Tristan and Isolde by Richard Wagner.
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SONGS
"Holiday in Mexico," music and lyrics by Ralph Freed and Sammy Fain
"Italian Street Song," music by Victor Herbert, lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
"Good Night, Sweetheart," music and lyrics by Ray Noble, James Campbell and Reginald Connelly
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SONGS
"Holiday in Mexico," music and lyrics by Ralph Freed and Sammy Fain
"Italian Street Song," music by Victor Herbert, lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
"Good Night, Sweetheart," music and lyrics by Ray Noble, James Campbell and Reginald Connelly
"Someone to Love," music and lyrics by Paul Abraham and Ralph Freed
"Les filles de Cadiz," music and lyrics by Leo Delibes and Alfred De Musset
"Yo Te Amo Much--And That's That," music and lyrics by Sammy Stept, Ervin Drake, Xavier Cugat and Noro Morales
"Csak Egy Szep Lany," traditional Hungarian folk song
"The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round," music and lyrics by Mike Riley, Ed Farley and Red Hodgson
"You, So It's You," music and lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Earl Brent
"And Dreams Remain," music and lyrics by Raul Soler and Ralph Freed
"I Think of You," based on Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, lyrics by Jack Elliott and Don Marcotte
"Three Blind Mice," traditional
"Ave Maria," music by Franz Schubert
lyrics traditional.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Mexican Holiday
Release Date:
September 1946
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 August 1946
Production Date:
28 August--4 December 1945
early January 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
16 July 1946
Copyright Number:
LP482
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
127
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11379
Passed by NBR:
Yes
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 ... +


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. +

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