Down Argentine Way

  • 1940
  • 1 HR 32 MIN
  • NR
  • Musical

A frothy souffle that never falls flat is this bouncy and colorful picture that introduced the world to the unique Carmen Miranda. Alice Faye was supposed to star in the movie but suffered an emergency appendectomy and Grable was called in from New York to play the lead. A wealthy American girl who loves collecting jumping horses, Grable falls for Argentine...read more

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A frothy souffle that never falls flat is this bouncy and colorful picture that introduced the world to the unique Carmen Miranda. Alice Faye was supposed to star in the movie but suffered an emergency appendectomy and Grable was called in from New York to play the lead. A wealthy

American girl who loves collecting jumping horses, Grable falls for Argentine horse breeder Ameche and follows him to his native land. Once in love, they discover that their families are like the Hatfields and McCoys and have hated each other since before anyone can recall. They persuade Ameche's

father, Stephenson, that the feud is a waste of time and all ends well as the young couple get together. Miranda had nothing whatsoever to do with the plot but she scored with audiences and critics alike as she brought her "Souse Amereecahn" magic to the screen. The war was brewing and studios

were looking for new markets so they began making movies about South America in the hope that it would buck up the business they lost in Europe. Eight songs included the Oscar-nominated title tune by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon as well as songs by Al Stillman, Jaraca, Vincente Paiva and Gene

Rose. Shamroy and Rennahan were also nominated for their photographic efforts. Good comedy from Kinskey and Naish. If you're lucky enough to see a mint print of the picture, the Technicolor is thrilling. A sensational dance number by the Nicholas Brothers highlights the special appearances.

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