|HOLIDAY IN MEXICO (directors: George Sidney; screenwriter: Isobel Lennart; cinematographer: Harry Stradling; editor: Adrienne Fazan; music: Ralph Freed; cast: Jane Powell (Christine Evans), Roddy McDowell (Stanley Owen), Walter Pidgeon (Jeffrey Evans), Ilona Massey (Toni Karpathy), Hugo Haas (Angus), Xavier Cugat (Himself), José Iturbi (Himself); Runtime: 127; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Joe Pasternak; MGM; 1946)|
|"The 17-year-old Jane
Powell, singing "Ava Maria," made her
spectacular MGM debut."
by Dennis Schwartz
long but charming musical directed by George Sidney
("Pal Joey"/"Pepe"). The 17-year-old
Jane Powell, singing "Ava Maria," made her spectacular
MGM debut as the daughter of the widowed American
ambassador to Mexico Walter Pidgeon. Jane
develops a crush on the older pianist José
Iturbi. Xavier Cugat and
José Iturbi play themselves.
The relaxed screenplay is by Isobel Lennart.
film was made to push America's Good Neighbor policy.
It was filmed on MGM's back-lot in Culver City. It's
hard to see in this fluff piece anything that's
authentic Mexican, if that really matters.
choreography created by a young Stanley Donen adds to
the enjoyment. There's also the rarity of hearing
Pidgeon sing on-screen. Roddy McDowell plays the son
of the British ambassador, and is the same-aged
boyfriend of the confused Jane.
REVIEWED ON 5/21/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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