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Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940)

With husband Dennis preoccupied with a business deal, Carmelita decides to teach him a lesson by running off to Reno and filing for divorce.

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Dennis heads west to work on an important business deal minus the Mexican Spitfire, Carmelita. His hot-tempered spouse decides to surprise him, but ends up as the surprised one when she sees him with another woman. Instead of a second honeymoon, Carmelita begins divorce proceedings. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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29 November 1940 (USA)  »

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For no good reason at all, Carmelita (Lupe Velez) runs off to Reno to divorce husband Dennis (Donald Woods). Actually, she just wants to threaten the divorce so Dennis will beg her to come back. At the same time, Dennis is once again trying to get a contract with Lord Epping (Leon Errol) and this time he's got competition. So needless to say Uncle Matt (also Errol) will be impersonating Lord Epping again.

Another Leon Errol starring vehicle. Oh, this is a Mexican Spitfire movie supposedly starring Lupe Velez? Well, it's easy enough to make that mistake seeing as how Leon Errol plays more than one role in the movie, gets all the funny bits, and has the lion's share of the screen time. I'm not the biggest fan of Lupe Velez but there are plenty who like her shtick and watch her movies for HER, not an old (albeit amusing at times) vaudevillian.

The biggest flaw with this movie is that it is pretty much just a retread of the last movie, with a virtually identical plot. The only big changes are that Dennis has competition for Lord Epping this time, Carmelita goes to Reno instead of Mexico for a divorce, and Lord Epping's wife shows up. Dennis' aunt is still trying to break up his marriage and his ex is still interested in him, despite her humiliation at the end of the last movie. Most of the gags in this one fall flat if you have seen the last film. If this is your first Mexican Spitfire movie, it might play better.


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