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Cast overview:
Ann Ayars ...
Cholita (as Anne Ayars)
Jorge Negrete ...
José (as George Negrete)
Armida ...
Cuca
George Givot ...
Fernando Gómez
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Don Hernandez, Cholita's Uncle
Nick Moro ...
Pedro
Frank Yaconelli ...
Pablo
George Humbert ...
Pancho
Francisco Moreno ...
Paco (as Paco Moreno)
Betty Bryson ...
Pancho's Wife
Carlos Valadez ...
Oaxoco Plume Dancer
José Arias ...
Leader of the Mexican Tipica Orchestra
The Guadalajara Trio ...
Band
Tipíca Orchestra of the Mexico City Police ...
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Cholita, after a long absence in Mexico City, is returning home to take up her duties as head of the rancho and, as everyone expects, to marry her childhood sweetheart José. Expectations are somewhat dashed as she shows up with Fernando to whom she is engaged. This makes José and Cholita's uncle more than a little bit put out as Fernando is not only not a Mexican, he is also a city slicker afraid of the country. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Re-titled Gaiety, this film was first telecast (in B&W) in New York City Wednesday 17 November July 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »

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Never Trust a Jumping Bean
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Performed by Armida with The Guadalajara Trio
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Hollywood's idea of Mexico...
20 November 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the late 30s and early 40s, the Hal Roach Studio switched from making comedy shorts to longer-length B-movies. Most were about an hour long, though I have no idea why "Fiesta" is only 45. Regardless, it's a strange Hollywood version of life in the Mexican countryside--one that is very sanitized and full of happy peasants and singing.

When the film begins, the big boss-man of the town announces a fiesta because his daughter, Cholita (Ann Ayars) is returning. However, everyone is a bit surprised when she shows up with a fiancé-- especially since poor Jose thought she was his. Soon this fiancé proves to be a real drip so Jose decides to play a trick on him and pretends to be a bandit. Can he possibly win back Cholita or is the woman destined to be married to a haughty jerk?

This is a musical with a rather thin plot. The opening number is very nice but I had no idea what they were singing about as it was in Spanish. The second number, however, was awful, as the woman singing lead had a voice high pitched enough to cause dogs to bark and glass to explode! Apart from this, the rest of the songs are okay and the film a mildly entertaining affair if you have very low standards and expectations. Kind of like silly fluff, really.


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