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Cuando el amor ríe (1930)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
José Mojica ...
Emilion Rodríguez de Viana
Mona Maris ...
Elvira Alvarado
Carlos Villarías ...
Don José Alvarado
Carmen Rodríguez ...
Sra. Alvarado
René Cardona ...
Manuel
Rosita Granada ...
Anita
Rafael Valverde ...
Alonso
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16 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ladrón de amor  »

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1.20 : 1
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'When Love Laughs'? It's not laughing here, muchacho.
15 March 2005 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

I'm not a big fan of cowboy movies in general, although I enjoy the truly great Westerns by Ford, Hawks, Walsh, Wellman. Something I enjoy even less than the typical shoot-'em-up oater is the *singing* cowboy movie, as musical cowpokes tend to be even more brainless than the other sort.

'Thief of Love' ('Ladrón de Amor') is a Mexican singing-cowboy movie, so it manages to embody all the flaws of singing-cowboy flicks made north of the Rio Grande with a few extra flaws of Mexican origin. The film takes place in Spanish California, in the early 19th century. I'll admit that I know very little about the culture of that time and place, yet I found the production design of this film very unconvincing, and I believe that I spotted some anachronisms.

José Mojica plays a singing vacquero who stops off in la cantina to have muchas cervezas with los muchachos. While José is all beered up, he boasts that he can tame the wild mare -- a horse no man can ride -- owned by local ranchero Don Alvarado (a stolid performance by Carlos Villarias). While he's in the neighbourhood, José also boasts that he can tame the Don's daughter, a Mexican spitfire played by Mona Maris.

From here, the rest of the movie is by the numbers. One thing I found quite offensive about this film is its 'Taming of the Shrew' attitude: if a man desires a woman, he is her absolute master and she must bend to his will. If she fails to realise this at first, she will come to her senses eventually. I got the impression that the blatant sexism and machismo in this movie were due to the fact that this film is a product of Mexican culture, intended for Mexican audiences. But Mexicans have no exclusive copyright on such attitudes: quite a few 'yanqui' movies have committed the same crimes.

I'll rate this dire effort just one point out of 10.


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