Holiday in Mexico

Need a vacation? Then head south of the border for a Holiday in Mexico and say ?hola! to love, comedy, brilliant color and glorious music.


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Holiday in Mexico
 
4.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Engaging characters (3)
  • Entertaining (3)
  • Great cinematography (3)
  • High production value (3)

Cons

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  • At home (3)
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5.0

CLASSIC HOLIDAY ROMP!!!

By KENNETH

from WHALE WATCHING SOUTH PACIFIC

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Pros

  • Broad Appeal
  • Catchy Songs
  • Emotionally Engaging
  • Good Story
  • Great Acting
  • Great Cinematography
  • Unique Choreography

Cons

    Best Uses

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    • At Home
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    • Special Needs
    • Travel
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    Comments about Holiday in Mexico:

    CLASSIC HOLIDAY ROMP TO MEXICO ANYONE!!FUN MOVIE WITH GREAT ACTORS KEEPS YOU ENGAGED WITH STORY, MUSIC AND FUN ROMPS. IF YOU MISS BYGONE DAYS OF MOVIE MAKING THIS MOVIE IS FOR YOU!!!

     
    5.0

    loved all the great music in this pictur

    By nini

    from Elk Grove, CA

    About Me Movie Buff

    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • High Production Value
    • Informative
    • Original

    Cons

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      • At Home

      Comments about Holiday in Mexico:

      [...]-Great product

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      SHEER DELIGHT AND TWICE AS SWEET

      By NIK E-Z

      from Windsor, Ontario, Canada

      About Me Movie Buff

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Great Cinematography
      • High Production Value

      Cons

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        • Adult Viewers
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        • Younger Viewers

        Comments about Holiday in Mexico:

        George Sidney's Holiday in Mexico (1946) is a minor curiosity immeasurably fleshed out by MGM's glossy production values. Produced at the height of the studio's love affair with the musical as an art form, the film launched the MGM - as well as Technicolor - debut of perk and precocious Jane Powell. Powell had appeared opposite W.C. Fields in Song of the Open Road one year earlier for Universal and had so impressed L.B. Mayer with her musical talents that he immediately began negotiations to secure her for this film.

        In the echelons of musical stars, Powell's own journey to stardom is something of a starlight daydream. Certainly, it was immediate. She came to the attention of Universal through the machinations of her mother and was then costarred with Universal's biggest talent of his day - W.C. Fields - before migrating over to MGM - the king of movie musicals. There, Jane Powell reigned supreme as one of their most popular chanteuses, cast in one star studded extravaganza after the next - all of them built around her, despite the fact that she was the new kid on the block.

        Powell's New England modesty prevented her from developing the air of a diva, but it also isolated her from the rest of the pack at MGM. For the most part, she worked tirelessly and without complaints, eventually becoming MGM's most popular singer after Judy Garland.

        In Holiday in Mexico we get to see Powell at her modest beginnings as an actress perhaps, but fully formed as a singer of both weighty classical material and pop standards.

        Powell stars as Christine Evans, daughter of U.S. Ambassador, Jeffrey Evans (Walter Pigeon) who is stationed in Mexico. Regarding herself as the glue that keeps her father's life as a diplomat from faltering, Christine is besought by the romantic overtures of the British Ambassador's son, Stanley Owens (Roddy McDowell).

        Although Christine regards Stanley with minor affection, she doesn't really consider him a beau.

        Taking center stage in Christine's life at present are plans for a lavish Embassy ball that Christine has convinced her father she can coordinate on her own. Employing the use of Stanley's car, Christine arrives first at the home of Jose Iturbi, then at Xavier Cugat's nightclub to implore both men to perform at her father's benefit.

        There's really no struggle in convincing either, but Cugat suggests that perhaps his new singing discovery - Hungarian chanteuse, Countess Toni Karpathy (Ilona Massey) might have reservations. At first, this indeed seems to be the case - that is, until Toni learns who Christine's father is.

        Seems Toni and Jeffrey were once very much in love while Jeffrey was stationed in Europe - presumably also while Jeffrey was married to Christine's late mother. Learning of Toni's presence, Jeffrey takes matters into his own hands to rekindle their one time love affair.

        To Christine, it seems as though her father has thrown her over for another woman. To convince herself that romance can be grand with the proper suitor, Christine throws herself at Iturbi's head while her best friend, Yvette Baranga (Helene Stanley) does as much to Jeffrey.

        Eventually, both Christine and Yvette get rude awakenings in direct response to their grand romantic overtures but not before each inflicts its own set of comedic circumstances destined to make Iturbi and Jeffrey's lives uncomfortable for a time. So much for the film's plot.

        Produced by Joe Pasternak, Holiday in Mexico is a gargantuan musical undertaking. Powell receives the lion's share of the performances, beginning with The Street Song from The Firefly and topping out with a magnificently inspirational - if Americanized - rendition of Shubert's Ave Maria.

        Xavier Cugat gives us the rambunctious Yo Te Amo Mucho - And That's That, Jose Iturbi performs Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto N. 2 in C Minor and a boogie woogie rendition of Three Blind Mice. In all, the film abounds with memorable musical performances that continue to resonate the right chord of light-heartedness long after the footlights come up.

        Incidentally, the title of the film is something of a curiosity since the Ambassador and his daughter are neither on holiday or planning a holiday to Mexico, but rather permanently stationed there and living comfortably in a fashionably lush and tropical hacienda. This oversight aside, Holiday in Mexico is memorable entertainment - a sheer delight from start to finish.

        The Warner Archive edition of Holiday in Mexico exhibits a fairly sumptuous Technicolor image with bright and bold colors. Occasionally, flesh tones can appear slightly muddy and there is also a tendency for the image to occasionally suffer from some minor age related artifacts and residual softness. Otherwise, this is a fairly stellar visual presentation.

        The audio is mono and briefly crackles midway through the film. It also tends to be somewhat indistinguishable during the first part of Powell's rendition of Ave Maria. Still, this is a fine effort that will surely not disappoint fans of either Jane Powell or movie musicals in general. Recommended!

         
        5.0

        Suprising 1940's MGM Musicals

        By rhwasc

        from Valencia, CA

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Original

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home
          • Perfect Gift
          • Younger Viewers

          Comments about Holiday in Mexico:

          Amazing MGM musical with a great cast, incredible music (the very best use of Iturbi), powerful cinematography, and some of the most innovative uses of the camera seen in a mid range MGM Musical. I highly recommend this to anyone loving musicals.

           
          4.0

          a great holiday!

          By Holiday Jim

          from Tarrytown NY

          Comments about Holiday in Mexico:

          Another lightweight MGM musical from the mid 40's that delivered. Great fun, many stars supporting the young Jane Powell, and a beautiful Technicolor print. AS must for your MGM musical collection.

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