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Mexican Spitfire (1940)

 -  Comedy  -  12 January 1940 (USA)
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Newlyweds Dennis and Carmelita have several obstacles to deal with in their new marriage: Carmelita's fiery Latin temper, a meddling aunt and a conniving ex-fiancee who's determined to ... See full summary »

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Newlyweds Dennis and Carmelita have several obstacles to deal with in their new marriage: Carmelita's fiery Latin temper, a meddling aunt and a conniving ex-fiancee who's determined to break up their marriage. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Viva! viva! velez!

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Comedy

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12 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dårfinkar ä' vi allihop  »

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Goofs

During the food fight, one of the guests standing behind Carmelita starts to throw a cupcake, and accidentally hits a blonde standing next to him. In the next shot, a wide shot of the room, both are seen throwing food at other guests. But in the next shot the blonde reacts to the cupcake and takes revenge on the man. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Matt Lindsay: The bloom is off the peach.
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Connections

Followed by The Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung at the Bachelor Party
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Before Carmen Miranda
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By the time this B-budget comedy was made by producer Lee Marcus for the ailing studio RKO, the big-wigs there had lured radio's wunderkind Orson Welles to Hollywood with an offer of total artistic control on any film he wanted to make. Why? Why not! To understand the desperate and forlorn shape the Gower Street studio was back then, just watch this film, a typical B&W programmer of the time. Leon Errol does his bi-lingual shtick with sexy and over-the-top Lupe Valdez. Neither actor, sad to say, turned out to be any guarantee of box-office success. Those who wish to analyze Latina stereotypes in American films will find the origin of Carmen Miranda's malapropistic character in these impoverished pre-war Lupe Velez comedies... Ironically enough, many of the regular RKO studio staff who worked valiantly on this Leslie Goodwins flick back in 1940 went on a year later to collaborate with Welles on his masterpiece CITIZEN KANE.


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