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Down Argentine Way (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 11 October 1940 (USA)
An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Darrell Ware (screen play), Karl Tunberg (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Ameche ... Ricardo Quintana
Betty Grable ... Glenda Crawford
Carmen Miranda ... Carmen Miranda
Charlotte Greenwood ... Binnie Crawford
J. Carrol Naish ... Casiano
Henry Stephenson ... Don Diego Quintana
Kay Aldridge ... Helen Carson (as Katharine Aldridge)
Leonid Kinskey ... Tito Acuna
Chris-Pin Martin ... Esteban
Robert Conway ... Jimmy Blake
Gregory Gaye ... Sebastian
Bobby Stone Bobby Stone ... Panchito
Charles Judels ... Dr. Arturo Padilla
Fayard Nicholas ... One of the Nicholas Brothers
Harold Nicholas ... One of the Nicholas Brothers
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An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Argentijnse nachten See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentina See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alice Faye was set to play the role of Glenda, but she fell ill with appendicitis and was replaced by Betty Grable. Although Miss Grable was making films for 10 years, this was the role that made her a star. Cesar Romero contracted para-typhoid and was replaced by Leonid Kinskey. See more »

Goofs

Although Edward Fielding is listed in the credits as having portrayed Glenda Crawford's father, Willis Crawford, he is only seen at the Tuxedo Horse Show near the start of the film. He has no other scenes. See more »

Quotes

Glenda Crawford, aka Glenda Cunningham: Excuse me, I've got to go see a man about a horse.
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Bambu Bambu
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Music traditional
Lyrics by Almirante and Valdo De Abreu
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Lots of music to cover up thin romance between Grable and Ameche...
23 November 2011 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This is the film that launched Betty Grable into stardom at Fox when Alice Faye had to bow out due to pregnancy. Betty makes the most of her chance to show off her famous legs, warble a couple of tunes and shake her hips to some Latin music. Don Ameche is her lucky co-star and for good measure Fox introduced Carmen Miranda to American audiences for a couple of song numbers filmed elsewhere while she was doing nightclub work in New York. Miranda has no interaction with the players in what little plot there is.

Henry Stephenson is on hand with a Spanish accent, but it's Leonid Kinskey who steals the show as a guide/gigolo who takes Betty on a nightclub tour while she's under the impression he's an embassy worker. Charlotte Greenwood gets her high kicking routine into the act by the finale and everyone is happy that rival families have straightened out their feud over some nonsense about a horse race.

It's the racing aspects of the story that bored me--too much time at the track. But the songs are plentiful (if not terribly memorable), the color is bright, the smooth teaming of Ameche and Grable is pleasant to watch, and for all practical purposes the whole silly thing works as fluffy entertainment--bubble gum for the mind.


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