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Release Date:
2 June 1939 (USA) See more »
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In the first entry of an unintended-series that turned into a long-running series for RKO, Carmelita... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A raucous, fast-moving comic farce. See more (3 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lupe Velez ... Carmelita Fuentes

Donald Woods ... Dennis 'Denny' Lindsay

Leon Errol ... Uncle Matthew 'Matt' Lindsay
Linda Hayes ... Elizabeth Price
Donald MacBride ... L. B. Renner
Edward Raquello ... Tony Romano (as Eduardo Raquello)
Elisabeth Risdon ... Aunt Della Lindsay

Ward Bond ... Mexican Pete - the Wrestler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Man Throwing Confetti (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
Carlos De Valdez ... Mexican Judge (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Delivery Entrance Guard (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Casa del Toro Patron (uncredited)

Martin Garralaga ... Carmelita's Relative (uncredited)
Tom Hanlon ... Bicycle Race Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)

Harry Harvey ... George Stuart - Romano's Aide / Publicity Man (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Wrestling Match Referee (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Renner's Office Worker (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Soda Vendor (uncredited)
Vivien Oakland ... Mrs. Renner (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
Lucio Villegas ... Señor Acosta - Mexican Consul (uncredited)

Max Wagner ... Headwaiter at Casa del Toro (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Mr. Patton (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... San Proximo Hotel Proprietor (uncredited)

Directed by
Leslie Goodwins 
Writing credits
Lionel Houser (story)

Lionel Houser (screenplay) and
Joseph Fields (screenplay) (as Joseph A. Fields)

Produced by
Robert Sisk .... producer
Original Music by
Albert Hay Malotte (uncredited)
Harry Tierney (uncredited)
Roy Webb (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jack MacKenzie  (as Jack Mackenzie)
Film Editing by
Desmond Marquette 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Ruman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Albert S. D'Agostino .... associate art director (as Albert D'Agostino)
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... sound recordist
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Renié .... wardrobe
Music Department
Roy Webb .... musical director
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Lee S. Marcus .... production executive (as Lee Marcus)
Crew verified as complete

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USA:71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)

Did You Know?

RKO wasn't planning a series while this film was being made, but the series developed after it was such a big hit.See more »
Uncle Matthew 'Matt' Lindsay:Marriage is like a mousetrap - easy to get in but hard to get out. And the husband is the piece of cheese.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940)See more »
Negra Consentida (Black Allowed)See more »


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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A raucous, fast-moving comic farce., 30 November 2001
Author: mark.waltz from United States

This is a film which shows that good things come in small packages. A rather short "B" comedy from RKO released in the greatest year that Hollywood had ever seen, "The Girl From Mexico" was the first of 8 films surrounding the hot-tempered yet loving character played by Lupe Velez. Velez had been around Hollywood for over a decade, and was in a career slump when she made this film. It rejuvenated her career, and for the next five years, she made over half a dozen films surrounding Carmelita, the "Girl From Mexico", later known as the "Mexican Spitfire". It was a title that Velez had been given in the early 30's, and now RKO hoped to take advantage of that to give her some much-needed box-office. "The Girl From Mexico" is the first and best of these films, although it was apparent that this was not meant originally to be a series. Well-crafted and fast-moving, the film takes advantage of the chemistry between rubber legged Leon Errol and hot-tempered Velez, and sends them soaring with loads of gags. Sad to say, Velez had more chemistry with Errol than any of the actors in the series who played her husband, Dennis Lindsey.

The story finds Dennis (Donald Woods in this outing) going to Mexico to find a singer for a radio show, and meets firecracker Carmelita. He brings her back, and almost immediately, chaos ensues. Carmelita and his Uncle Matt (Errol) hit it off, and head out for a night on the town where she gets publicity by getting into a boxing ring in the middle of the fight. Dennis is not too pleased by the publicity, and Uncle Matt's shrew of a wife, Aunt Della (Elisabeth Risdon) and fioncee (Linda Hayes) have good reason to be suspicious of Dennis's interest in Carmelita. I need say no more of the ensuing events that bring Carmelita and Dennis together by the end, but there are loads and loads of gags, funny lines, and just pure outrageousness. One of the funniest moments comes when Carmelita and Uncle Matt first meet, and begin to sing at the piano; The scene is classic comedy at its finest.

As the series continued, the plots got more contrived, dealing with Uncle Matt's constant pretending to be Dennis's boss, Lord Epping. However, for the first few films, the fast-pacing and chemistry between Errol and Velez made the "Mexican Spitfire" series a fun-filled hour or so of pure laughter.

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