Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)

99 mins | Musical | 10 March 1950

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Ambassador to Brazil and His Excellency from Brazil . A Sep 1949 HR news item lists dancer and actress Nita Bieber in the cast, but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a late Jan 1950 DV news item, a routine called "Mention My Name in Sheboygan," with Jane Powell and Scotty Beckett, was cut from the film before its release. The 1940 Universal film It's a Date , produced by Joe Pasternak, directed by William A. Seiter and starring Deanna Durbin and Kay Francis, was also based on Jane Hall, Frederick Kohner and Ralph Block's screen story (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films; 1931-40 , ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Ambassador to Brazil and His Excellency from Brazil . A Sep 1949 HR news item lists dancer and actress Nita Bieber in the cast, but her appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a late Jan 1950 DV news item, a routine called "Mention My Name in Sheboygan," with Jane Powell and Scotty Beckett, was cut from the film before its release. The 1940 Universal film It's a Date , produced by Joe Pasternak, directed by William A. Seiter and starring Deanna Durbin and Kay Francis, was also based on Jane Hall, Frederick Kohner and Ralph Block's screen story (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films; 1931-40 , F3.2185). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Feb 1950.
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Daily Variety
3 Nov 49
p. 2.
Daily Variety
24 Jan 50
p. 4.
Film Daily
2 Feb 50
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jan 48
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Jun 49
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 49
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jul 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Sep 49
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Feb 50
p. 3, 11
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Feb 50
pp. 177-78.
New York Times
7 Apr 50
p. 22.
Variety
1 Feb 50
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Robert Z. Leonard Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
VISUAL EFFECTS
DANCE
Dances created by
MAKEUP
Hair styles des by
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
Technicolor col consultant
SOURCES
SONGS
"Time and Time Again," music by Fred Spielman, lyrics by Earl Brent
"Shine On, Harvest Moon," music by Jack Norworth, lyrics by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth
"Magic Is the Moonlight," music by Maria Grover, lyrics by Charles Pasquale
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SONGS
"Time and Time Again," music by Fred Spielman, lyrics by Earl Brent
"Shine On, Harvest Moon," music by Jack Norworth, lyrics by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth
"Magic Is the Moonlight," music by Maria Grover, lyrics by Charles Pasquale
"Nancy's Goin' to Rio," music and lyrics by Georgie Stoll and Earl Brent
"Cae, Cae, Cae," music by Roberto Martins, lyrics by Earl Brent and Georgie Stoll
"Yipsee-I-O," music and lyrics by Ray Gilbert
"Embraceable You," music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
"Ca-Boom Pa Pa," music by Ray Gilbert and Lauro Maia, lyrics by Ray Gilbert
"Musetta's Waltz" from the opera La Bohème , music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
"Love Is Like This," music and lyrics by Ray Gilbert and Joao de Barro.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Ambassador to Brazil
His Excellency from Brazil
Release Date:
10 March 1950
Production Date:
mid Jun--early Aug 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 January 1950
Copyright Number:
LP2824
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
99
Length(in feet):
8,941
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14099
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

On the closing night of a Broadway play, leading actress Frances Elliott hosts a party attended by many guests, including her eccentric father Gregory, who is also an actor; her seventeen-year-old daughter, Nancy Barklay, an aspiring actress; and Brazilian playwright Ricardo Domingos, who is considering starring Frances in his next play. Frances eagerly pursues the part in Ricardo's play, and though she is virtually assured of the role, Ricardo asks her not publicize the news until a final decision is made. Later, Ricardo privately tells Frances' producer that Frances may not be right for the part and that he had a younger actress in mind. Then,when Ricardo meets Nancy, he instantly knows that he has found the perfect young woman for the role. The next day, Frances sets sail for Rio de Janeiro, where she intends to vacation and devote herself to studying her lines. Gregory accompanies Frances to Rio de Janeiro, while Nancy, who is about to star in a small stock company play, goes to Connecticut. After observing Nancy's acting abilities, Ricardo offers her the part that he promised Frances. Nancy accepts the role, though she is unaware that Ricardo has already promised it to her mother. Seeking the quiet she needs to study for the part, Nancy follows her mother and grandfather to Rio de Janeiro. On board the ship, businessman Paul Berten overhears Nancy rehearsing her lines and mistakenly concludes that she is a deserted wife and an expectant mother. Paul takes pity on Nancy and enlists the help of his business partner, Marina Rodrigues, to counsel the young girl. Nancy does not know that Paul is ... +


On the closing night of a Broadway play, leading actress Frances Elliott hosts a party attended by many guests, including her eccentric father Gregory, who is also an actor; her seventeen-year-old daughter, Nancy Barklay, an aspiring actress; and Brazilian playwright Ricardo Domingos, who is considering starring Frances in his next play. Frances eagerly pursues the part in Ricardo's play, and though she is virtually assured of the role, Ricardo asks her not publicize the news until a final decision is made. Later, Ricardo privately tells Frances' producer that Frances may not be right for the part and that he had a younger actress in mind. Then,when Ricardo meets Nancy, he instantly knows that he has found the perfect young woman for the role. The next day, Frances sets sail for Rio de Janeiro, where she intends to vacation and devote herself to studying her lines. Gregory accompanies Frances to Rio de Janeiro, while Nancy, who is about to star in a small stock company play, goes to Connecticut. After observing Nancy's acting abilities, Ricardo offers her the part that he promised Frances. Nancy accepts the role, though she is unaware that Ricardo has already promised it to her mother. Seeking the quiet she needs to study for the part, Nancy follows her mother and grandfather to Rio de Janeiro. On board the ship, businessman Paul Berten overhears Nancy rehearsing her lines and mistakenly concludes that she is a deserted wife and an expectant mother. Paul takes pity on Nancy and enlists the help of his business partner, Marina Rodrigues, to counsel the young girl. Nancy does not know that Paul is trying to help her and mistakes his paternal concern for a marriage proposal. She rejects Paul's apparent proposal, and bids him farewell when the ship reaches Rio de Janeiro. Soon after she is reunited with her mother, Nancy overhears her rehearsing her lines and immediately realizes that they are studying for the same part. The revelation devastates Nancy and prompts her to bow out of the play. She does not tell her mother that she was set to star in Ricardo's play, and instead informs her that she came to Rio de Janeiro to get married. Confusion abounds when Nancy later visits Paul at his office and tries to accept the marriage proposal she thought he had made. Paul is perplexed by her behavior, and still thinks that Nancy is pregnant and troubled. He sends her home to talk to her mother about her situation, but Nancy misunderstands him and thinks that he meant for her to discuss their impending marriage with her mother. Marina follows Nancy to her mother's house, and privately tells Frances about Nancy's supposed pregnancy. The confusion is heightened when Frances misunderstands her daughter's anguish and concludes that she must be pregnant by Paul. Frances demands a private meeting with Paul, during which Paul reveals his romantic attraction to Frances. Frances leaves Paul in disgust, but the situation is soon clarified when Paul tells Gregory that he just met Nancy. Gregory immediately recognizes Nancy's supposed predicament from the story of the play that Frances was reading, and explains the situation to Frances. When Frances learns the truth about Paul, she changes her impression of him and they embark on a romance. After announcing her engagement to Paul, Frances withdraws from Ricardo's play and suggests Nancy as her replacement. All ends happily when the show opens in New York with Nancy in the starring role. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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