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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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12 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dårfinkar ä' vi allihop  »

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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 »

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Carmelita Lindsay: You've been trifling with my afflictions.
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Followed by Mexican Spitfire at Sea (1942) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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The "Mexican Spitfire" Films: A Great Series of RKO Comedies
23 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lupe Velez. Remember that name. Lupe Velez, the Mexican Spitfire. In a series of extremely funny comedies for RKO she played the title character, Carmelita Lindsay. Wife of Dennis Lindsay, a Caucasian, the films were practically a reverse "I Love Lucy" over a decade ahead of time. Lupe Velez was a vivacious, energetic, beautiful AND funny comedienne. I'd even go so far as to say that her of portrayal of Carmelita Lindsay was a blueprint for Lucielle Ball's Lucy Ricardo. Lupe even had her own humorous way of crying, much as Lucy did. She was also forever getting herself into silly situation after situation and hair brained scheme after hair brained scheme. While she was always married to the same man, (played by different actors) the other constant of the series was character actor Leon Errol as Uncle Matt. Together, Lupe Velez and Leon Errol made a great comedy team! A BIG THANKS to TCM for airing every one of these films back to back. Every time I think that the Hollywood well has run dry of anything I haven't seen that I'd like to, TCM finds something else worthy of attention. I hope TCM runs them again soon so I can see the ones I missed. Solid, funny, well done movies all! The only sad thing connected with them is the fact that Lupe Velez died a suicide in her mid-thirties. If only she had known how much laughter and enjoyment she would have certainly brought to future audiences, perhaps she would had she lived through her depression. If you really love funny films from the 1930s and 40s, these are your kinds of films! Certifiable reasons why it was known as The Golden Age of Hollywood.


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