Down Argentine Way

Down Argentine Way is a 1940 American musical film made in Technicolor by Twentieth Century Fox. It made a star of Betty Grable in her first leading role for the studio although she had already appeared in 31 films,[1] and it introduced American audiences to Carmen Miranda. It also starred Don Ameche, The Nicholas Brothers, Charlotte Greenwood, and J. Carrol Naish.

Down Argentine Way
Theatrical release poster
Directed byIrving Cummings
Screenplay byRian James
Ralph Spence
Story byKarl Tunberg
Darrell Ware
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
StarringBetty Grable
Don Ameche
Carmen Miranda
CinematographyLeon Shamroy
Ray Rennahan
Edited byBarbara McLean
Music byHarry Warren (music)
Mack Gordon (lyrics)
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
October 11, 1940 (1940-10-11)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$2 million

The film was directed by Irving Cummings and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck from a screenplay by Karl Tunberg and Darrell Ware, based on a story by Rian James and Ralph Spence. The cinematography was by Leon Shamroy and Ray Rennahan, and the costume design was by Travis Banton. The American-composed music was by Harry Warren and Jimmy McHugh, with lyrics by Mack Gordon and Al Dubin.

Shooting lasted for 10 months in which members of the film's crew traveled about 35,000 miles. A second unit was sent to Buenos Aires for location establishing shots, returning with about 20,000 feet of film, and another group flew to New York City and filmed Miranda for over a month. Miranda was then performing South American songs in the Broadway production The Streets of Paris. She was thus a prominent participant in the film although she spent no time in Hollywood.[2]

In 2014, Down Argentine Way was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.[3][4]


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