Two Latins from Manhattan (1941)

65 mins | Comedy | 2 October 1941

Director:

Charles Barton

Writer:

Albert Duffy

Producer:

Wallace MacDonald

Cinematographer:

John Stumar

Editor:

Arthur Seid

Production Designer:

Lionel Banks

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Girls from Panama . According to a pre-production news item in HR , Lois Andrews was cast in a major role in the film, but had to withdraw after she discovered she was pregnant. The film marked top model Jinx Falkenburg's first important screen part. Joan Davis was borrowed from Twentieth-Century Fox to appear in this ... More Less

The working title of this film was Girls from Panama . According to a pre-production news item in HR , Lois Andrews was cast in a major role in the film, but had to withdraw after she discovered she was pregnant. The film marked top model Jinx Falkenburg's first important screen part. Joan Davis was borrowed from Twentieth-Century Fox to appear in this picture. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Aug 1941.
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Film Daily
25 Sep 1941.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 41
p. 1.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Aug 41
p. 209.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 Sep 41
p. 287.
Variety
1 Oct 41
p. 9.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
SOURCES
SONGS
"Daddy," words and music by Bob Troup
"The Kid with the Drum" and "How Do You Say It?" words and music by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Girls from Panama
Release Date:
2 October 1941
Production Date:
15 May--29 May 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 October 1941
Copyright Number:
LP11134
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
5,848
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7406
SYNOPSIS

Joan Daley, the publicity agent for the Silver Key nightclub in New York, signs Cuban singing sensations Rosita and Marianela to appear at the club. On the night that Joan is to meet the singers at the airport, her roommates, Jinx Terry and Lois Morgan, two aspiring singers, audition for a job at the Rhumba Rhumba Club. When the owner of the club pronounces that their act lacks style and excitement, the two, dejected, return their borrowed costumes to the Kittleman Theatrical Agency. While there, they accidentally trigger a burglar alarm and are arrested by the police and taken to headquarters. When Lois and Jinx notify Joan of their predicament, she rushes to the courthouse to defend them and enters just in time to hear Kittleman explain that he loaned the costumes to Jinx and Lois. Joan takes the girls home, but her trip to the courthouse has delayed her arrival at the airport. When Rosita and Marianela land, they are met by Armando Rivero, who claims that he has been delegated to meet them. After Armando drives away with the Cubans, Joan reaches the airport and learns that the singers have gone, but have asked that their luggage be delivered to the Essex House hotel. Joan proceeds to the hotel and is handed a note by the desk clerk, signed "Mr. X," directing her to cancel the singers' engagements. When Joan's boss, Don Barlow, arrives at the hotel to meet his new stars, Joan, desperate, conceives of the idea of having her singing roommates impersonate the missing Cubans. After procuring the costumes from the Cubans' suitcases, Joan hires Felipe Rudolfo MacIntyre to ... +


Joan Daley, the publicity agent for the Silver Key nightclub in New York, signs Cuban singing sensations Rosita and Marianela to appear at the club. On the night that Joan is to meet the singers at the airport, her roommates, Jinx Terry and Lois Morgan, two aspiring singers, audition for a job at the Rhumba Rhumba Club. When the owner of the club pronounces that their act lacks style and excitement, the two, dejected, return their borrowed costumes to the Kittleman Theatrical Agency. While there, they accidentally trigger a burglar alarm and are arrested by the police and taken to headquarters. When Lois and Jinx notify Joan of their predicament, she rushes to the courthouse to defend them and enters just in time to hear Kittleman explain that he loaned the costumes to Jinx and Lois. Joan takes the girls home, but her trip to the courthouse has delayed her arrival at the airport. When Rosita and Marianela land, they are met by Armando Rivero, who claims that he has been delegated to meet them. After Armando drives away with the Cubans, Joan reaches the airport and learns that the singers have gone, but have asked that their luggage be delivered to the Essex House hotel. Joan proceeds to the hotel and is handed a note by the desk clerk, signed "Mr. X," directing her to cancel the singers' engagements. When Joan's boss, Don Barlow, arrives at the hotel to meet his new stars, Joan, desperate, conceives of the idea of having her singing roommates impersonate the missing Cubans. After procuring the costumes from the Cubans' suitcases, Joan hires Felipe Rudolfo MacIntyre to coach her roommates in their dance routines. Fooled by the girls's Latin accents, Barlow becomes smitten by his new stars. When Armando appears at the apartment and greets Jinx and Lois as his sisters Rosita and Marianela, Joan whisks Barlow back to the club. After Joan and Barlow leave, the girls question Armando, who insists that he is their brother and offers to be their accompanist. Later, at the club, Jose Cordoba, a customer, claims that the women pictured on the lobby card are not Rosita and Marianela, but Armando convinces him to retract his statement. The girls's performance wins the applause of the audience, and the next day, the newspapers laud them with rave reviews. After they sign a lucrative contract for product endorsements, Tommy Curtis, Lois' boyfriend, comes to the apartment and charges that Joan's Latin stars are really from Brooklyn. After coyly denying Tommy's accusations, the girls prance off to be honored at the American Trade Commission banquet. From the banquet, they go to the club, and in their dressing room, they are confronted by the real Rosita and Marianela. When the stage manager informs Joan that the police are backstage and want to talk to Rosita and Marianela, Joan confesses her ruse to Barlow and the others. Claiming to be from the immigration department, the police charge the Cubans with entering the country illegally. Cordoba then arrives backstage and identifies himself as a Cuban nightclub owner, who hired Armando to kidnap the singers and filed the immigration charges because the singers broke their contract with him to come to America. When Cordoba offers Rosita and Marianela a new contract and a raise, they agree to return to Cuba with him. Joan then explains the situation to the audience, who enthusiastically embrace Lois and Jinx as American singers. All ends happily as Tommy arrives at the club to see Lois, and the audience joins the singers in a conga line. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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