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I'm a Real Mexican (1942)

Soy puro mexicano (original title)
German, Japanese and Italian agents are sent to Mexico to plan an invasion.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guadalupe Padilla
Janet Alcoriza ...
Raquel (as Raquel Rojas)
David Silva ...
Juan Fernández
Andrés Soler ...
Osoruki Kamasuri
Margarita Cortés ...
Charles Rooner ...
Rudolph Hermann von Ricker
Antonio Bravo ...
Agente X 32
Alfredo Varela ...
Pepe (as Alfredo Varela hijo)
Pedro Galindo
Alejandro Cobo
Ángel (as El Chicote)
Conchita Sáenz ...
Mamá de Conchita (as Concha Sáenz)
(as Alfonso Bedolla)
Abelardo Guttiérez


Guadalupe Padilla, a Mexican bandit, is released from the prison where he is incarcerated just before he is executed. The farm where Padilla goes in hiding happens to be a nest of Italian, German and Japanese spies. He sees red, for even if he is an outlaw, Guadalupe is first and last a pure Mexican: never will he let those obnoxious axis agents invade his cherished motherland... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

13 November 1942 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

I'm a Real Mexican  »

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1.37 : 1
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'Soy puro americano' is one of the few Mexican films made during World War II that deals with Mexico and the war. See more »


¡Viva Mexico, Viva America!
Written and Performed by Pedro Vargas
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Absurdist Drama
28 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is an absurdist drama beyond belief in which a Mexican bandit (in the line of Robin Hood) fights Nazi collaborators hidden in a big hacienda, out in the Mexican countryside, during World War II. Pedro Armendáriz at his macho best plays Lupe Padilla (somehow related to one Padilla ambassador), a man that is about to be executed for robbing the rich and giving to the poor, and who is rescued by his men using an old colonial cannon placed -as if nothing- in front of the jail! It is more fun than it sounds (with Pedro Vargas singing in jail, Japanese poisoning, German chauvinism and a wedding proposal in the middle of an unexpected barbecue, in the most dramatic moment). Unfortunately very bad actor Charles Rooner as the meanest Nazi ever, almost ruins it all with his overacting and shouting. This is such a rarity that one watches it with more attention than it deserves, but I cannot deny that I was seduced by its oddity. In the cast, the most surprising presence, though, is director Luis Alcoriza's Austrian wife Janet (Riesenfeld), credited as Raquel Rojas, as she was known during her brief acting career, from 1939 to 1944. As Janet Alcoriza she became a well-known scriptwriter, whose works included the screenplays for Luis Buñuel's "El gran calavera" (1949) and "La hija del engaño" (1951).

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