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Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 10 March 1950 (USA)
A mother and daughter compete over the same singing role and, unbeknownst to each other, the same man.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Jane Hall (based on a story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sothern ... Frances Elliott
Jane Powell ... Nancy Barklay
Barry Sullivan ... Paul Berten
Carmen Miranda ... Marina Rodrigues
Louis Calhern ... Gregory Elliott
Scotty Beckett ... Scotty Sheldan
Fortunio Bonanova ... Ricardo Domingos
Glenn Anders ... Arthur Barrett
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Harrison
Hans Conried ... Alfredo
Frank Fontaine Frank Fontaine ... Masher
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Storyline

A mother and daughter compete over the same singing role and, unbeknownst to each other, the same man.

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It's Eastertime...time for M-G-M's TECHNICOLOR treat with a musical beat!!!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

10 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nancy va a Rio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the marketplace, both MGM Records and Decca released versions of Carmen Miranda's pair of frolicsome movie songs, "Yipsee-I-O" (music and lyrics by Ray Gilbert) and "Ca-Room-Pa-Pa" (music and lyrics by Luiz Gonzaga, Humberto Teixeira and Gilbert). The MGM soundtrack album contained the prerecordings. For her last Decca session, Carmen was matched with The Andrews Sisters on each side of the single. See more »

Goofs

When Nancy returns to her room after the shipboard dinner, it is late at night, but whenever we see the ocean behind her, it is bright day. See more »

Crazy Credits

Miss Miranda accompanied by Bando da Lua See more »

Alternate Versions

A whole musical number, "Mention My Name In Sheboygan", performed by Jane Powell & Scotty Beckett, was ultimately cut from the final film. Clips of this scene are still in existence. See more »

Connections

Remake of It's a Date (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Embraceable You
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Jane Powell
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Enjoyable Southern and Powell Comedy Romp
26 May 2019 | by tr-83495See all my reviews

This was supposed to be a musical, but it is deficient in that regard. It is too bad director Robert Z. Leonard who oversaw such greats as "The Great Ziegfield" with its award-winning musical extravaganzas can only turn in one decent duet between these two women.

If you're a Carmen Miranda fan, then that would be a bonus for you. But, this does not a musical make. Luckily, leaving this out, the rest of the film is light, bouncy, and a great deal of fun.

The plot is entertaining and has minor mixups, reminiscent of a Lucille Ball television show, but there is joy is watching young Jane Powell and the wonderful Ann Southern interact with each other as daughter and mother. This MGM "gloss" worked because you were kept from noticing it.

The vibrant colors (for the time) and the expansiveness of the "boat" to Rio kept your mind away from the fact that this was all a Culver City creation.

But the film transforms all this by being good enough. You're with it. You're there. That's why this film works. This is how we'll remember Jane Pewell and Ann Southern, too.


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