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Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)

Nancy Goes to Rio





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Ann Sothern closed out her MGM contract with the Technicolor musical Nancy Goes to Rio. As Frances Elliot, Sothern is billed second to Jane Powell, who plays Nancy Barklay. A popular Broadway star, Frances heads to Rio for R&R before starting her next production. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Frances, her daughter Nancy is hired to appear in her mother's starring vehicle. This would seem to be enough to sustain a plot, but the screenwriters contrive to have Frances mistakenly believe that Nancy is about to become an out-of-wedlock mother. In addition, both ladies vie for the romantic attentions of leading man Paul Berten (Barry Sullivan). Also appearing is Carmen Miranda, just to remind us that the film takes place in Brazil. Producer Joe Pasternak handles the material with the same tastefulness that he'd applied to his Deanna Durbin pictures at Universal: in fact, Nancy Goes to Rio is a remake of Durbin's 1940 vehicle It's a Date.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ralph Block, Sidney Sheldon, Frederick Kohner
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On DVD: Jan 22, 1992


Ann Sothern
as Frances Elliott
Jane Powell
as Nancy Barklay
Barry Sullivan
as Paul Berten
Carmen Miranda
as Marina Rodrigues
Louis Calhern
as Gregory Elliott
Scotty Beckett
as Scotty Sheldon
Fortunio Bonanova
as Ricardo Domingos
Glenn Anders
as Arthur Barrett
Nella Walker
as Mrs. Harrison
Hans Conried
as Alfredo
Leon Belasco
as Prof. Gama
Leonid Kinskey
as Ivan Putroff
Danny Scholl
as Charles
Ransom Sherman
as Dr. Ballard
Sig Arno
as Captain of Waiters
Forbes Murray
as Party Guest
Bess Flowers
as Party Guest
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Who could completely resist a picture with Carmen Miranda having a bowl of fruit on top of her head?

Full Review… | May 15, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Nancy Goes to Rio

Splashy and elaborate musical is tuneful and humorous. Ann Sothern, Jane Powell and Louis Calhern all give funny spirited performances in a plot that is of course absurd. Carmen Miranda is along for the ride and her outfits are a sight to behold! Her umbrella number is a feast for the eyes and of course she gives it all she's got. Good fun.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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