A Holiday in Mexico is an unforgettable adventure for a U.S. ambassador (Walter Pidgeon) and his precocious teenage daughter (Jane Powell). Determined to run her father’s personal life, she’s disappointed when he falls for a beautiful singer. She in turn develops a crush on an older pianist (Jose Iturbi). Engaging performances, many musical numbers performed by Xavier Cugat and his orchestra, such as “Italian Street Song” from Powell, and Iturbi’s performance of Chopin highlight this musical postcard.
Xavier Cugat, who portrays himself in the movie, claimed Cuban president Fidel Castro appeared as an extra in the film. Castro, who would have been only a teenager, was “a typical Latin American boy” according to Cugat.
Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Roddy McDowall, Jane Powell, José Iturbi, Ilona Massey, Xavier Cugat, Hugo Haas
Director: George Sidney
Producer: Joe Pasternak
Director of Photography: Harry Stradling
Composer: George E. Stoll
Screenwriter: Isobel Lennart
Production Designer: Cedric Gibbons
Art Director: Jack Martin Smith
Choreographer: Stanley Donen
Production Companies: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Release Date: 15 August 1946
Running Time: 128 minutes
Genres: Comedy, Music
Country: United States of America