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Pest from the West (1939)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  16 June 1939 (USA)
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A millionaire vacationing in Mexico falls for a local girl and sets out to win her.

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Cast overview:
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Lorna Gray ...
Conchita
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Martino
Richard Fiske ...
Ferdinand the Bullfighter
Bud Jamison ...
Neighbor taking siesta
Eddie Laughton ...
Deckhand
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Deckhand
Forbes Murray ...
Butler
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A rich Yank docks his yacht in Mexico and steps ashore for adventure. Meanwhile, Conchita, the local beauty, accepts an engagement ring from the hot-headed Martino, who promises to kill any man who gains her favors. Conchita already has another boyfriend, Ferdinand the bull fighter. They conspire to find a gull, she'll pretend he is her new boyfriend, Martino will kill him and be arrested, and she'll be free to be with Ferdinand. Their mark is none other than our rich gringo who's already fallen for Conchita. He's an innocent abroad; what chance does he have? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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mexico | yacht | millionaire | remake

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16 June 1939 (USA)  »

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La peste del West  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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This was Buster Keaton's first two-reeler for Columbia Pictures. See more »

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In the opening sequence with Keaton on his yacht, the reflection of the boom mic is visible on the glass window on the cabin door. See more »

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Remake of The Invader (1936) See more »

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One of Buster's best talkies
21 December 2001 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

This is the first and indeed the best of Buster Keaton's ten Columbia shorts. Most of these suffer from Stooge-style slapstick and heavy-handed direction,

but this first effort is great fun to watch. (Buster himself liked this one best, according to the late Mrs. Keaton.) In this reworking of his 1936 feature "An Old Spanish Custom," Buster plays an international tourist who falls for a pretty senorita. But he has several run-ins with belligerent locals, each resulting in a hasty retreat, a quick change of costume, and Buster coming back for more.

Exhibitors and audiences loved this film in 1939, and it was the first Columbia two-reeler selected for re-release (in 1948). It's still a crowd-pleaser today; this writer attended a screening where the audience members didn't just applaud -- they cheered!


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