Last week’s mystery movie was the 1946 MGM picture “Holiday in Mexico,” with Walter Pidgeon, Jose Iturbi, Roddy McDowall, Ilona Massey, Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra, and your young singing star Jane Powell, Hugo Haas, Mikhail Rasumny, Helene Stanley, Wm. “Bill” Phillips, Amparo Iturbi, and the grandchildren of Jose Iturbi, Tonia and Teresa Hero.
And no, I don’t think for a moment that Fidel Castro was an extra in this film, despite what IMDB says.
Screenplay by Isobel Lennart. Original story by William Kozlenko.
Musical direction by Georgie Stoll.
Photographed in Technicolor. Photography by Harry Stradling, Technicolor color director Natalie Kalmus. Associate, Henry Jaffa.
Edited by Adrienne Fazan, recorded by Douglas Shearer. Art direction by Cedric Gibbons and Jack Martin Smith. Set decorations by Edwin B. Willis and Arthur A. Krams. Special effects by Warren Newcombe. Costumes by Irene. Men’s costumes by Valles. Makeup by Jack Dawn.
Produced by Joe Pasternak.
Directed by George Sidney.
“Holiday in Mexico” is available on DVD from TCM. It was once available from Warner Archive, but not any more and good grief the redesigned Warner Archive website is horrible.
Seriously, Warner Bros., you have to work at being this unhelpful and useless.
I was on vacation last week – except there’s no rest for the mystery movies. So I picked “Holiday in Mexico,” which helped Roddy McDowall bridge the gap between child and adult roles (he’s about 18 in the film).
Correction: A previous version of this post said “Holiday in Mexico” was Jane Powell’s film debut. Powell debuted in “Song of the Open Road.”
Let’s see which New York Times critic hated it….
Oh my! T.M.P. (Aug. 16, 1946) liked it! Well, sort of.
To paraphrase a popular tune of a couple of years ago, the new musical which arrived yesterday at the Capitol is lovely to look at and delightful to hear. For Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and more particularly the producer-director team of Joe Pasternak and George Sidney, have built a lavish and entertaining show around a serviceable romantic comedy plot in “Holiday in Mexico.” In fact, it might be said that the studio has been generous to a fault in turning out this two-hour Technicolor display. With about thirty minutes less running time, the first part of the picture could be tightened to advantage, thus doing away with the edge of slowness it now has.
I hardly ever get to do mystery guests from animation. But for Monday, we have a treat: a mysterious animated bird, also an incredibly human utility pole.
You say you would like another hint? OK.
Our mysterious animated bird has a mysterious animated bird buddy. With, incredibly enough, another lifelike utility pole.
Update: The animation sequence at the beginning of the film was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery guest in a helmet and goggles.
Update: This is Roddy McDowall.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (you’re warm on the animators), and Sylvia E. (right era for animation).
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mystery woman. Her companion has been cropped out due to insufficient mysteriousness and will appear Friday.
Update: This is Helene Stanley and Walter Pidgeon as Side of the Head Guy.
Update: For Friday, our mystery woman has a mystery companion.
We also have this mystery woman.
Update: This is Linda Christian.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mysterious gent), Anne Papineau (Tuesday’s mystery gent) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s mystery gent). Half-credit to Dan Nather: Right mystery studio, a different decade.
For “Aha Thursday,” we have this dapper mystery gent.
Update: This is Mikhail Rasumny.
We also have this perplexed mystery gent.
Update: Yes, this is Grady Sutton – with a mustache.
Here’s an arty shot of a mystery gent, also a mystery Chihuahua.
Update: This is Xavier Cugat with Tico-Tico. It was hard to pick just one of these photos as there are a bunch of him peering through the strings of various instruments.
And yet another arty shot of a mystery gent.
Update: Jose Iturbi in yet another peering through the strings shot.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Wednesday’s mystery women), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery women) and Anne Papineau (mystery movie and Wednesday’s Mystery Woman No. 1).
For Friday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Ilona Massey.
We also have these formally dressed mystery gents.
Update: This is Roddy McDowall and Walter Pidgeon.
And finally, we have a mystery woman serenading a mystery bird.
Update: This is Jane Powell .
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery guests and mystery Chihuahua), Sylvia E. (mystery movie, mystery guests and interesting information on our mysterious animators), Tucson Barbara (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery goggled youth, Wednesday’s mystery women and Thursday’s mysterious musicians), Beach Gal (mystery movie and all mystery guests, peering into the future to see Friday’s guests), Suzanne Stone (mystery movie, Wednesday’s mystery woman No. 2, and Thursday’s mystery musicians and mystery mustachioed gent, peering into the future to see Friday’s guests), David Inman (mystery movie, Thursday’s mystery musicians and mysterious mustachioed gent), Funky PhD (mystery movie and Thursday’s mystery musicians), B.J. Merholz (mystery movie), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery musicians and mysterious mustachioed gent), Blackwing Jenny (mystery movie and mysterious musician No. 1), Gary (mystery movie and interesting background on films set in Latin America), L.C. (mystery movie and mystery cast), Anne Papineau (Thursday’s mystery guests), Megan and Thom (mystery movie and all mystery guests), Sue Slutzky (mystery movie and all mystery guests) and Benito (Thursday’s mystery gents, but alas, it’s a different mystery movie).