Esther Williams
Director: Richard Thorpe Cast: Esther Williams
Esther Williams
, Akim Tamiroff
Akim Tamiroff
, Ricardo Montalban
Ricardo Montalban
Richard Thorpe


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Esther Williams moves from the swimming pool to the bull ring in this musical drama. Antonio Morales (Fortunio Bonanova) was once a champion bullfighter; now in retirement, Antonio and his wife (Mary Astor) have high hopes that their son Mario (Ricardo Montalban) will follow in his father's footsteps as a matador. However, Mario's great passion is music, and he longs to pursue a career as a composer. But there is a budding toreador in the family: Mario's sister Maria (Esther Williams), who has learned the basics of bullfighting from her sibling. Not wanting to be thought a coward, but with no desire to enter the ring, Mario allows Maria to disguise herself as him and take his place in the bullring, allowing her to compete in a traditionally male sport while Mario devotes his time to his music. Fiesta gave Ricardo Montalban his first English-speaking role, with Cyd Charisse appearing as Conchita, his love interest and dancing partner. Classical music buffs might notice that Mario's composition "Fantasia Mexican" is actually Aaron Copland's "El Salon Mexico."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2018
UPC: 0888574658144
Original Release: 1947
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 41,297

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Esther Williams Maria Morales
Akim Tamiroff Chato Vasquez
Ricardo Montalban Mario Morales
John Carroll Jose "Pepe" Ortega
Mary Astor Senora Morales
Cyd Charisse Conchita
Fortunio Bonanova Antonio Morales
Jean Van Maria Morales, as a child
Joey Preston Mario Morales, as a child
Frank Puglia Doctor
Alan Napier Tourist
Jose Arias Actor
Armida Actor
Nacho Galindo Proprietor
Soledad Jiminez Nurse
Alex Montoya Vaquero
Robert E. O'Connor Bus Driver
Rudy Rama Photographer
Rosa Rey Housekeeper
Dewey Robinson Cop
Ben Welden Actor
Jose Portugal Reporter
Hugo Haas Maximino Contreras
Ann Ayars Cholita
Betty Bryson Pancho's wife
George Givot Fernando Gomez
George Humbert Pancho
Antonio Moreno Don Hernandez
Frank Yaconelli Pablo

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
George Bruce Screenwriter
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Lester Cole Screenwriter
Jack Cummings Producer
Jack Dawn Makeup
William Ferrari Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Johnny Green Score Composer
Eugene Loring Choreography
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Blanche Sewell Editor
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Sidney Wagner Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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