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Copacabana (1947)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 30 May 1947 (USA)
An agent has his only client pose as both a French chanteuse and Brazilian bombshell to fool a nightclub owner.


Alfred E. Green


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Groucho Marx ... Lionel Q. Devereaux
Carmen Miranda ... Carmen Navarro / Mlle Fifi
Steve Cochran ... Steve Hunt
Andy Russell ... Andy Russell
Gloria Jean ... Anne Stuart
Abel Green Abel Green ... Abel Green
Louis Sobol Louis Sobol ... Louis Sobol (as Louie Sobol)
Earl Wilson ... Earl Wilson
The De Castro Sisters The De Castro Sisters ... Singing Trio
Raul Reyes Raul Reyes ... Rhumba Dancer
Eva Reyes Eva Reyes ... Rhumba Dancer
Ralph Sanford ... Liggett
Igor Dega Igor Dega ... Dance Specialty
Kay Marvis ... Cigarette Girl / Finale Performer (as Kay Gorcey)
Merle McHugh ... Copa Girl


Talent agent Lionel Devereaux sells his girlfriend/client Carmen Novarro to New York City's famous Copacabana nightclub as a Latin-American singer/dancer and, pressed for another act, he sells her again, this time with a blonde wig and Moroccan veil, as a French singer...for the same presentation. The wear and tear on Carmen, changing back-and-forth between numbers, leaves to a heated exchange of words between the performer and her fiancé agent. This leads to the disappearance of Carmen's alter ego, which arouses suspicions by the management...and the police. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

30 May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Копакабана See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Groucho Marx's then-wife, Kay Marvis, has a small part in the film. See more »


Lionel Q. Devereaux: Well, Steve Hunt, my life-long pal. You haven't changed a bit.
Steve Hunt: Do I know you?
Lionel Q. Devereaux: Do you know me? Lionel Q. Devereaux, your old roommate at Yale?
Steve Hunt: I never went to Yale.
Lionel Q. Devereaux: Remember those good old days at Erasmus High?
Steve Hunt: I never went to Erasmus High.
Lionel Q. Devereaux: At least you do remember when we graduated from Public School 27?
Steve Hunt: No.
Lionel Q. Devereaux: Say, for a man with no education, you've done alright.
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Crazy Credits

Steve Cochran's main title credit includes the following acknowledgment: "By Arrangement with Samuel Goldwyn." See more »


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Fun and different for fans of Groucho and Carmen
23 February 2012 | by earlytalkieSee all my reviews

Copacabana showcases the unlikely pairing of Groucho Marx and Carmen Miranda in a musical melange concerning Carmen playing two different singers in the famous nightclub. The gags are fast and funny and the songs tuneful. Andy Russell and Gloria Jean are along to add to the music quotient and Steve Cochran is on hand to oversee the nightclub. The Copa gals are gorgeous and are given the opportunity to show off their personalities a bit. Louis Sobel, Earl Wilson and Abel Green, all real-life collumnists from the era make cameo appearances. This is definitely a forties musical with all the trappings. The musical numbers, choreographed by Larry Cebellos, are fun to watch, and look good in the restored black-and-white print. Purists may prefer a Marx Brothers comedy or a Carmen Miranda Technicolor musical from Fox, but this is a delightful way to spend an hour and a half. For me, the seemingly strange combination of Groucho and Carmen works and becomes a unique musical comedy experience.

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