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Monday, November 28, 2016

Latin Lovers (1953)

When a wealthy heiress (Lana Turner) flies to Brazil to pursue her longtime boyfriend (John Lund), she meets a handsome Brazilian (Ricardo Montalban) and becomes smitten with him. But cultural differences and money issues threaten to derail the romance. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, this inconsequential romantic comedy gets the glossy MGM treatment but there's barely anything there! Comedy was never Turner's forte and other than her glamour (dressed to the nines in her Helen Rose wardrobe), she doesn't bring much to the party. Montalban does his usual latin lover bit and Jean Hagen, who the year before had showed what a great comedienne she was in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, is here reduced to the nondescript role of Turner's secretary! It's minimally a musical with more dancing (choreography by Frank Veloz) than songs. For Turner fans only. With Louis Calhern, Rita Moreno, Beulah Bondi, Eduard Franz and Dorothy Neumann who gets the movie's best bits.

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