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The Kid from Spain (1932)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  17 November 1932 (USA)
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Eddie and his Mexican friend Ricardo are expelled from college after Ricardo put Eddie in the girl's dormitory when he was drunk. Per chance Eddie gets mixed up in a bank robbery and is ... See full summary »

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Lyda Roberti ...
Rosalie
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Ricardo
Ruth Hall ...
Anita Gomez
John Miljan ...
Pancho
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Alonzo Gomez
J. Carrol Naish ...
Pedro
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Detective Crawford (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Stanley Fields ...
Jose
Paul Porcasi ...
Gonzales (as Paul Porcassi)
Sidney Franklin ...
Himself - American Matador
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Eddie and his Mexican friend Ricardo are expelled from college after Ricardo put Eddie in the girl's dormitory when he was drunk. Per chance Eddie gets mixed up in a bank robbery and is forced to drive the robbers to safety. To get rid of him they force him to leave the USA for Mexico, but a cop is following him. Eddie meets Ricardo there, Ricardo helps him avoid being arrested by the cop when he introduces Eddie as the great Spanish bullfighter Don Sebastian II. The problem is, the cop is still curious and has tickets for the bullfight. Eddie's situation becomes more critical, when he tries to help Ricardo to win the girl he loves, but she's engaged to a "real" Mexican, who is, unknown to her father, involved in illegal business. While trying to avoid all this trouble, Eddie himself falls in love with his friend's girl friend's sister Rosalie, who also want to see the great Don Sebastian II to kill the bull in the arena. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Film debut of Jane Wyman. See more »

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Eddie Williams aka Don Sebastian II: [after Rosalie drops the key down her dress] ...the key to the whole situation somewhere between Tijuana and the border!
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Danced by Grace Poggi at the nightclub
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Ole and bull to you..
2 April 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Utterly hilarious Pre Code musical with two massive and riotous Busby Berkeley dance sequences, this Eddie cantor farce was a huge success in Depressed 1932. Filmed and released in the musical lull years 1931 and 1932 when a musical was supposed to be box office poison, this bull snorter is genuinely toe tapping and rib tickling. Imagine seeing this in a 3000 seater full of unhappy people needing a laugh! THE KID FROM SPAIN must have blown the roofs off with thunderclaps of laughter from one side of the country to the other. It is on record as the highest rentals /film hire between 1932 and 1939 with $2.6m returned to the distributor. This means it must have sold over $6m in tickets...in the most economically bad time of the decade and at a time when ticket prices were in cents. Imagine today if seventy million Americans went to one film in its first release! We're talking TITANIC level ticket sales. Well THE KID FROM SPAIN did exactly that. The two dance sequences are truly spectacular and very funny...the finale WHAT A PEFECT COMBINATION is about risqué as it gets in reverse rude lyrics given he is singing about "I'm the lock and you're the key". Warners Bros clearly handed Busby their studio key after this UA success and booked a box office berth, ready to shuffle off to their 42nd Street box office honeymoon. This KID is worth adopting for your home.


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