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14 April 1934 (USA) See more »
In Mexico, a former bandit settles down and picks out a beautiful young dancer to be his wife. His younger... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

George Raft ... Manuel Montes

Adolphe Menjou ... Pancho Montes / Pancho Gomez
Frances Drake ... Chulita

Sidney Toler ... Pepi Sancho
Edward Ellis ... Chato

Nydia Westman ... Carmela Ramirez
Douglas Wood ... Senor Ramirez
Lillian Elliott ... Senora Ramirez

Katherine DeMille ... Lupe the Maid
Francis McDonald ... Vega
Morgan Wallace ... Police Inspector
Gertrude Norman ... Grandma Albrentez
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hooper Atchley ... Detective (uncredited)

Mischa Auer ... (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Policeman (uncredited)
Howard Brooks ... Priest (uncredited)

Joyce Compton ... Blonde on Train (uncredited)
Aleth Hansen ... Singing Beggar (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... Sheriff Mejias (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Stationmaster (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Roberts 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bartlett Cormack 
Wallace Smith 

Original Music by
Ralph Rainger 
Cinematography by
Harry Fischbeck 
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
Art Direction by
Wiard Ihnen 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Barton .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert A. Turnbull .... technical director

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72 min
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
Pancho Gomez:It isn't his leg; it's his spine. He's yellow.See more »
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This Night (My Heart Does The Rhumba)See more »


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Preposterous vehicle for Paramount sex star George Raft, 10 July 2014
Author: melvelvit-1 from NYC suburbs

THE TRUMPET BLOWS ...and so does the movie but it can also be amusing, especially if you like the stars. Manuel Montes (George Raft), a New York-educated Mexican (hence the accent), comes home to his brother Pancho's (Adolph Menjou) ranch and finds himself being set up for an arranged marriage but before that can happen, he falls in love with fiery dancer Chulita Valdez (a sultry Frances Drake) not knowing she's his brother's intended. In order not to cause a family rift, Raft runs off to become a famous matador and the usual complications ensue (a goring, Pancho revealed to be a notorious bandito, Manuelito denouncing Chulita) before things come to a head in a Mexico City bullring.

Frances Drake does a hot rumba and except for a brief spin around the dance floor, she doesn't do it with George -but since this is Pre-Code (albeit the tail end), she does spend the night with him. It's preposterous nonsense for sure and Mexican accents come and go but Georgie looks cute in his matador suit and yes, of course there were Latino actors in Hollywood at the time but, again, Paramount found a project for its star and not the other way around (Raft isn't billed above the title for nothing). Other Hollywood "exotics" in the offbeat (to say the least) cast include Sidney Toler & Katherine De Mille.

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