Down Argentine Way

Synopsis: An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director(s): Irving Cummings
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win.
89 min

You'll find your life will begin

The very moment you're in Argentina

Where there are rumbas

and tangos to tickle your spine

Moonlight and music and orchids and wine

You'll want to stay

Down Argentina way

( "South American Way")

(sings in Portuguese)

(song continues)

In the grand and glorious,

gay, notorious South American way

(man) A un lado. Pnganse a un lado.

Suban al muelle. Anden. Suban al muelle.

Bonito, vas a tener un viaje muy bueno,

pero no te marees, eh? No te marees.


Here are the prices

I wish you to get for the horses, my son.

Wishing is one thing, but what will you take?

- When you win an event, double the price.

- If I lose, should I cut it in half?

If you lose, muchacho, cut yourself in half.

Ricardo, have the same success you had at

the London horse show and I'll be very happy.

Don Diego. Don Diego.

For you this was delivered at the estancia.

See this thing come for you.

You see, I did not open it.

(Diego) Esteban!


- Me llam usted, seor?

- Unload the horses.

Unload the horses?

Si. Unload the horses.

Get every one of them off the ship.

Si, seor.

Enseguida, que bajen los caballos pronto.

- Why do you change your plans, Papa?

- That cable.

The woman is interested in buying

some horses. Why is that so terrible?

I would rather kill every one of my horses

than have that woman get hold of them.

Why, is she as bad as that?

I do not know her, but her brother,

Willis Crawford, is a scoundrel.

We were at school together in Paris.

I trusted him and he cheated me.

Well, tell me what he did to you

and then we can hate him together.

I do not consider this

a matter forjoking, Ricardo.

Papa, why do you change your plans because

of somebody you have not seen for years?

If he or his sister attempts to buy

any of the horses, I won't sell to them.

- Perhaps you are right.

- Why, certainly.

- And the passage is paid for?

- Why, yes.


- Esteban!

- Si, seor.

Esteban, I have changed my mind.

Load the horses.

Lo-lo-load the horses?

Si, load the horses.

Suban los caballos pronto.

Suban los caballos, aprisa.

Suban los caballos, pronto.

Pronto, suban los caballos.


What are you doing here?

You have to get ready for your event.

I have plenty of time, Dad.

I had to see this event.

Carmelita, you show off for all the judges.


- Wonderful, isn't he?

- Do you mean the man or the beast?

- Beautiful.

- You're not thinking of buying that animal?

Of course not.

What would I do with him? I have 12.

That's what you said when you had 11.

Seor, that's the most

beautiful jumping I've seen all year.

Muchas gracias, seorita.

Carmelita is a great horse.

- I don't suppose she's for sale?

- Oh, yes. That is exactly what she is.

Oh, she's really something.

I don't see how you can sell her.

That is the trouble with breeding - you keep

getting more horses, and some you must sell.

What are you asking?

She was 10,000 before she won,

but now she's 20.

I'll give you five.

It would give me great pleasure for you

to have the horse, but that is impossible.

- Shall we say 15?

- Five.

Oh, seorita... I have it.

In as much as you were interested in her

before her victory, you can have her for ten.

Five. This is your last chance.

Well, you... you drive a hard bargain, seorita,

but if you will have dinner with me...

I have an engagement at the Westchester.

- A martini before dinner?

- Fine. Nine o'clock at the Westchester.

- All right. Good luck, seorita.

- Thank you.

Muy bien, Carmelita. Muy bien.

Te portaste como nunca.

Now, seor, you can sell her for a fortune.

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Darrell Ware

Darrell Ware (1906-1944) was an American screenwriter and film producer. Ware and Karl Tunberg were nominees for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay at the 14th Academy Awards for their film Tall, Dark, and Handsome.Ware wrote and contributed to the writing of several films starring Shirley Temple while he was under contract to 20th Century Fox. Ware joined Paramount Studios in 1942, where he wrote for film stars including Bing Crosby, Alan Ladd, and Paulette Goddard. more…

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