Argentine Nights (1940)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Slapstick  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Andrews Sisters made their screen debut in Argentine Nights, but the stars of the show are the Ritz Brothers, in the first of their four Universal vehicles. The wafer-thin plotline finds the Ritz boys showing up flat broke in Argentina with an all-girl band. Despite their utter lack of funds, the zany trio tries to save a local hotel from the clutches of a con man. Highlights include the Ritz Brothers' famous "hero sandwich" routine (repeated by the two surviving brothers in 1975's Blazing Stewardesses) and a perversely hilarious climax in which the Ritzes are called upon to impersonate the Andrews Sisters (which may have given rise to Patty Andrews' oft-quoted observation "We looked like the Ritz Brothers in drag"). As a bonus for fans of the Superman TV series, nominal romantic lead George Reeves warbles the deathless tune "Amigo We Go Riding Tonight".

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band [music group], brother, career, entertainer, motel, musical [play], on-the-road, orchestra, pride, recognition [fame], romance, self-respect, sister, stage, success, television, traveling, troupe, wealth