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Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)

Bienvenido Mister Marshall (original title)
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After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

Director:

Luis García Berlanga (as Luis G. Berlanga)

Writers:

Juan Antonio Bardem (story) (as J.A. Bardem), Luis García Berlanga (story) (as L.G. Berlanga) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lolita Sevilla ... Carmen Vargas
Manolo Morán ... Manolo
José Isbert ... Don Pablo, el alcalde
Alberto Romea ... Don Luis, el caballero
Elvira Quintillá ... Señorita Eloísa, la maestra
Luis Pérez de León ... Don Cosme, el cura
Félix Fernández ... Don Emiliano, el médico
Fernando Aguirre Fernando Aguirre ... Geronimo - el secretario
Joaquín Roa ... Julían - el pregonero
Nicolás D. Perchicot ... Boticario (as Nicolás Perchicot)
José Franco ... Delegado general
Rafael Alonso ... Enviado
José María Rodríguez José María Rodríguez ... José
Elisa Méndez Elisa Méndez ... Doña Raquel
Matilde López Roldán Matilde López Roldán ... Doña Matilde
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Storyline

The little village of Villar del Río is awaiting the song performance of Carmen Vargas, 'The Great Andalusian Star'. The quiet village is governed by a deaf, naughty and good-natured Mayor, who's only seeking the way to give life to the place. By the same time good news comes to the village: the arrival of North American high personalities that will give economical aid to the nation city by city, village by village. The Mayor doesn't know what to do to welcome them. Carmen Vargas's agent throws surprising initiatives, moving all the village people just to prepare a better reception for the foreigners. His idea is to disguise all the farmers as Andalusians and add colour to every street with typical decorations. All of them start to work, and also to dream and think about what they're going to request the Americans, who will come with lots of dollars. The day of the arrival everybody at Villar del Río is in the streets, from the Mayor to the newborn child... Written by Miguel Ángel Díaz González

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Comedy

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Latin | English

Release Date:

4 April 1953 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome Mr. Marshall! See more »

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Runtime:

(censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the script was submitted to the Censors, it was approved with a scene cut, the school teacher dream of her encounter with the American, for its erotic and political content. Therefore, the scene could only be filmed fifty years later by director Luis García Berlanga as a short, El sueño de la maestra (2002). See more »

Goofs

When Juan runs to the tractor during the dream sequence, the plywood resting over the back of the tractor falls to the ground. When Juan and his family board the tractor, the plywood is back against the back of the tractor and it falls again. See more »

Quotes

Don Pablo, el alcalde: Dear citizens of Villar del Río: as your mayor, I owe you an explanation, and I'm going to give you this explanation that I owe you, because as your mayor, I owe you an explanation, and I'm going to give you this explanation that I owe you, because as your mayor...
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Featured in El sueño de la maestra (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Ni cariño ni dinero
Music by Juan Solano (as Maestro Solano)
Lyrics by José Antonio Ochaíta and Xandro Valerio
Performed by Lolita Sevilla
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Spanish classic movie
8 March 2007 | by jmmirasSee all my reviews

This movie is well considered all over the world and it is not difficult to see why. It was made in 1952 but it still remains as one of the truly classic movies of Spanish cinema.

Of course its cinematographic values are impressive. From the very beginning the techniques used in this film are different from those used in American cinema of the same time, a narrator introduces the small town and the characters to the audience, he seems to know everything about them, he is capable of stop the movement and take out the people of the screen. An audacious resource from one of the main directors in Spanish cinema history, Luis García Berlanga. This beginning is modern for the time and it can be linked to the European cinema of the era.

On one hand, we are about to see a description of Spanish traditions and characters depicted with lots of humor and irony. On the other hand, we see a critic of some of these statements and mentalities of Spanish people and institutions. This critics is plenty of melancholy in some cases and plenty of humor in other cases. Just about the end of the film, there are several dream scenes that satirizes some of the American cinema of the era and some American traditions and characters (as those of the Western movies).

The script is superb, the actors are very well chosen for their roles, the cinematography is excellent and so is the photography, direction is extraordinary taking into account that this is one of the first movies by Berlanga.

Finally, I have to say that this is a Spanish classic movie and one of my must sees.


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