Down Argentine Way Overview:

Down Argentine Way (1940) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Irving Cummings and produced by Harry Joe Brown and Darryl F. Zanuck.

Down Argentine Way was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2014.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionRichard Day, Joseph C. WrightNominated
Best CinematographyLeon Shamroy, Ray RennahanNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Harry Warren; Lyrics by Mack GordonNominated

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Down Argentine Way ( 1940 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Mar 9, 2019 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Betty Grable and Don Ameche head south of the border in one of the most delightful Fox musicals of the 1940s - Down Argentine Way. Sparkling Technicolor, musical melodies to tickle your fancy, an amusing script, and Carmen Miranda chica-chica-booming in her tutti-frutti way are just a few of the ple... Read full article

Musical Monday: Down Argentine Way (1940)

on Jul 21, 2014 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: ?Down Argentine Way? ? Music... Read full article

Down Argentine Way (1940)

By Beatrice on May 22, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Down Argentine Way Directed by Irving Cummings Written by Darrell Ware, Karl Tunberg et al 1940/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation First viewing/YouTube This is strictly for old-time musical comedy lovers but I’m one and I liked it a lot in spite of, or maybe because of,?all its basi... Read full article


By Lara on Aug 30, 2013 From Backlots

Hello readers, I have had a very full day at Cinecon and am back with the latest returns! I have decided that this year I will do things a bit differently. Normally when I cover festivals, I give a brief rundown of the experience and a bit about each movie I watched. This year, since I am seeing clo... Read full article

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Glenda Crawford, aka Glenda Cunningham: Excuse me, I've got to go see a man about a horse.

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The part of Ricardo Quintana was intended for Desi Arnaz, but when he was forced to withdraw from the project for personal reasons, Don Ameche was cast as Ricardo Quintana, and his singing voice had to be dubbed completely.
Director Irving Cummings thought the dance number by the Nicholas Brothers (Fayard Nicholas and Harold Nicholas) was too long, but dance director Nick Castle convinced him to leave it uncut at a test screening. The test audience cheered so much that they had to rewind the film.
Starting with this film, Betty Grable would blossom as the box-office queen of Technicolor musicals. Between 1940 and 1955, Miss Grable was showcased in 22 tailor-made color vehicles at Twentieth Century-Fox, plus one at Columbia, Three for the Show. Note: Betty's last movie, How to Be Very, Very Popular, was shot in Color by DeLuxe.
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Down Argentine Way

Released 1940
Inducted 2014

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