Yolanda And The Thief

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Fred Astaire gracing an imaginative, surreal 16-minute ballet with his wit and unerring dance mastery. A jazzy, glorious-in-Technicolor® street carnival pulsing with movement and music. Director Vincente Minnelli’s lush, savvy sophistication evident... read more

Fred Astaire gracing an imaginative, surreal 16-minute ballet with his wit and unerring dance mastery. A jazzy, glorious-in-Technicolor® street carnival pulsing with movement and music. Director Vincente Minnelli’s lush, savvy sophistication evident in every scene. These elements highlight Yolanda and the Thief, a ravishingly beautiful fantasy about a con artist (Astaire) in a mythical Latin American country who convinces a naive heiress (Lucille Bremer) that he’s her guardian angel. It’s a perfect plot to fleece the winsome mark, until love gets other ideas. Ahead of its time in tone and visual style and largely underappreciated at its release, this musical is a real find for fans of bold, inventive filmmaking.

Original Release

11/20/1945

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Cast

Frank Morgan Victor Budlow Trout
Fred Astaire Johnny Parkson Riggs
Lucille Bremer Yolanda
Mildred Natwick Aunt Amarilla
Mary Nash Duenna
Leon Ames Mr. Candle
Ludwig Stössel School Teacher (as Ludwig Stossel)
Jane Green Mother Superior
Remo Bufano Puppeteer
Francis Pierlot Padre
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Vincente Minnelli

Writers

Jacques Théry, Ludwig Bemelmans, Irving Brecher

Cast

Frank Morgan Victor Budlow Trout
Fred Astaire Johnny Parkson Riggs
Lucille Bremer Yolanda
Mildred Natwick Aunt Amarilla
Mary Nash Duenna
Leon Ames Mr. Candle
Ludwig Stössel School Teacher (as Ludwig Stossel)
Jane Green Mother Superior
Remo Bufano Puppeteer
Francis Pierlot Padre
Leon Belasco Taxi Driver
Gigi Perreau Gigi (as Ghislaine Perreau)
Charles La Torre Police Lieutenant
Michael Visaroff Major Domo
Nina Bara Chambermaid
Marcel De La Brosse Policeman
Karen X. Gaylord Maid
Karen Lind Yolanda's Maid

Producers

Editors

George White

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