Down Argentine Way

Down Argentine Way is a 1940 American musical film made in Technicolor by Twentieth Century Fox.wikipedia
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Technicolor

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Down Argentine Way is a 1940 American musical film made in Technicolor by Twentieth Century Fox.
Technicolor became known and celebrated for its highly saturated color, and was initially most commonly used for filming musicals such as The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Down Argentine Way (1940), costume pictures such as The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939), and animated films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Gulliver's Travels (1939), and Fantasia (1940).

Betty Grable

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It made a star of Betty Grable in her first leading role for the studio, and introduced American audiences to Carmen Miranda.
She replaced Alice Faye in Down Argentine Way (1940), her first major Hollywood film, and became Fox's biggest film star throughout the remaining decade.

Carmen Miranda

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It made a star of Betty Grable in her first leading role for the studio, and introduced American audiences to Carmen Miranda. "Mamãe Eu Quero" — Carmen Miranda "South American Way" — Carmen Miranda
The following year she made her first Hollywood film, Down Argentine Way with Don Ameche and Betty Grable, and her exotic clothing and Latin accent became her trademark.

Don Ameche

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The film also starred Don Ameche, The Nicholas Brothers, Charlotte Greenwood, and J. Carrol Naish.
He did a third biopic, Lillian Russell (1940) with Faye, and was top billed in a war film, Four Sons (1940), and a musical, Down Argentine Way (1940), which helped make a star of Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda.

J. Carrol Naish

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The film also starred Don Ameche, The Nicholas Brothers, Charlotte Greenwood, and J. Carrol Naish.

National Film Registry

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In 2014, Down Argentine Way was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Nicholas Brothers

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The film also starred Don Ameche, The Nicholas Brothers, Charlotte Greenwood, and J. Carrol Naish.
Down Argentine Way (1940)

Darryl F. Zanuck

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The film was directed by Irving Cummings and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck from a screenplay by Karl Tunberg and Darrell Ware, based on a story by Rian James and Ralph Spence.
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Leon Shamroy

The cinematography was by Leon Shamroy and Ray Rennahan and the costume design by Travis Banton.

Charlotte Greenwood

The film also starred Don Ameche, The Nicholas Brothers, Charlotte Greenwood, and J. Carrol Naish. Before leaving, Don Diego (Henry Stephenson) instructs his son that no steeds are to be sold to Binnie Crawford (Charlotte Greenwood) or any member of her family because her brother Willis cheated him years earlier.
Down Argentine Way (1940) - Binnie Crawford

Ray Rennahan

The cinematography was by Leon Shamroy and Ray Rennahan and the costume design by Travis Banton.
He was also nominated in that category for Drums Along the Mohawk in 1940, Down Argentine Way and The Blue Bird in 1941, Louisiana Purchase in 1942, For Whom the Bell Tolls in 1944, and Lady in the Dark in 1945.

Irving Cummings

The film was directed by Irving Cummings and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck from a screenplay by Karl Tunberg and Darrell Ware, based on a story by Rian James and Ralph Spence.
Down Argentine Way (1940)

Travis Banton

The cinematography was by Leon Shamroy and Ray Rennahan and the costume design by Travis Banton.
Carmen Miranda in Down Argentine Way, 1940, and ''That Night in Rio, 1941

Kay Aldridge

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Kay Aldridge as Helen Carson
The films she made during this period include Shooting High (1940) playing Evelyn Trent, Sailor's Lady (1940) playing Georgine, Down Argentine Way (1940) playing Helen Carson, and Dead Men Tell (1941) playing Laura Thursday.

Fayard Nicholas

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Fayard Nicholas as Specialty Dancer (as The Nicholas Brothers)
The Nicholas brothers also starred in the 20th Century-Fox musicals Down Argentine Way (1940), Sun Valley Serenade (1941), and Orchestra Wives (1942).

Mamãe Eu Quero

"Mamãe Eu Quero" — Carmen Miranda
The "carnival march" was included in her debut on Broadway and then in the film "Down Argentine Way" (1940).

Alice Faye

Grable was cast in the film as a replacement for Alice Faye, who was originally intended for the female lead but became ill. Faye appeared in the follow-up films That Night in Rio and Week-End in Havana, which again feature Carmen Miranda.
After declining the lead role in Down Argentine Way, because of an illness, Faye was replaced by the studio's newest musical star, Betty Grable.

South American Way

"South American Way" — Carmen Miranda
Carmen performed it on-screen a year later in her breakout role for U.S. audiences in the film Down Argentine Way (1940), causing it to become very popular in the United States.

Henry Stephenson

Before leaving, Don Diego (Henry Stephenson) instructs his son that no steeds are to be sold to Binnie Crawford (Charlotte Greenwood) or any member of her family because her brother Willis cheated him years earlier.
Down Argentine Way (1940) as Don Diego Quintana

Harold Nicholas

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Harold Nicholas as Specialty Dancer (as The Nicholas Brothers)
Harold appeared in more than 50 feature films, including The Big Broadcast (1936), Down Argentine Way (1940), Tin Pan Alley (1940), and Sun Valley Serenade (1941), which features the show-stopping "Chattanooga Choo Choo" tap dance number performed by Harold, Fayard, and Dorothy Dandridge.

1940 in film

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“Down Argentine Way” was 20th Century Fox’s number one musical hit of 1940.
Down Argentine Way, starring Don Ameche, Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda

Leonid Kinskey

Leonid Kinskey as Tito Acuna
Down Argentine Way (1940) as Tito Acuna

Charles Judels

Charles Judels as Dr. Arturo Padilla, the Ambassador
Down Argentine Way (1940) - Dr. Arturo Padilla

Academy Award for Best Cinematography

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The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, for Best Cinematography, Best Original Song and for Best Art Direction by Richard Day and Joseph C. Wright.