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The Gay Desperado (1936)

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Opera singer Chivo is currently playing a singing cowboy, and Mexican bandito Braganza kidnaps him (along with Jane, an heiress) so he can learn to become more like the American movie gangsters he admires.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nino Martini ...
Chivo
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Jane
Leo Carrillo ...
Pablo Braganza
Harold Huber ...
Juan Campo
James Blakeley ...
Bill Shay
Stanley Fields ...
Butch
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Diego
Adrian Rosley ...
Radio Station Manager
Paul Hurst ...
American Detective
Al Ernest Garcia ...
Police Captain
Frank Puglia ...
López
Michael Visaroff ...
Theatre Manager
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Pancho (as Chris King Martin)
Harry Semels ...
Manuel
George Du Count ...
Salvador
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Opera singer Chivo is currently playing a singing cowboy, and Mexican bandito Braganza kidnaps him (along with Jane, an heiress) so he can learn to become more like the American movie gangsters he admires.

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opera | bandit | mexico | radio

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THE GIANT MUSICAL HIT OF THE YEAR! (original ad - all caps)

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Comedy | Musical

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2 October 1936 (USA)  »

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Featured in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997) See more »

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The World Is Mine Tonight
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz (as Holt Marvell)
Music by George Posford
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Delightful comedic romp with songs
23 February 2004 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful romp from Mamoulian - the clever in jokes concerning Mexican banditos trying to learn from American gangster films how to behave correctly is the sort of thing Capra loved to get hold of. Carrillo and Huber are a wonderfully comedic team - the former yanked back and forth between emotion and cruelty (especially by his love of music) and the former a bored sidekick who is always correcting Carrillo re which of his many wives he should be referring to. Lupino does well in a comic turn as the kidnapped love interest and Nino Martini (reminding one of Roberto Begnini) is happily and delightfully "Italian" in his exuberance and love-making. Although Martini can't act, he is well handled here by Mamoulian, and sings a number of arias.

The film takes place mostly at night so is rather "dark" and oppressive for great lengths of time. The comic touch is light and entertaining and it is over before one knows it. Not a great comedy by any means but certainly a solid and professional one. The New York Film Critics Society were impressed enough to give it their first Best Director award in 1936.

Worth a viewing.


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