Danny, a poor northern Californian Mexican-American, inherits two houses from his grandfather and is quickly taken advantage of by his vagabond friends.

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Cast

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Dolores Sweets Ramirez
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Danny
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The Pirate
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Pablo
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Tito Ralph
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Jose Maria Corcoran
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Connie Gilchrist ...
Mrs. Torrelli
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Portagee Joe
Henry O'Neill ...
Father Ramon
Mercedes Ruffino ...
Mrs. Marellis
Nina Campana ...
Arthur Space ...
Mr. Brown
Betty Wells ...
Cesca
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Storyline

Danny inherits two houses so Pilon and his lazy, impoverished friends move in. One of them, Pirate, is saving money which Pilon hopes to steal till he learns it is being saved to buy a gold candlestick for St. Francis. When one of the houses burns down and Danny is hurt fighting, Pilon makes an effort to make life better for his friend. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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They're Strong For Wine, Women and Song. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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28 August 1942 (Portugal)  »

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La vida es así  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 26 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); its New York City television premiere occurred Saturday 3 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 7 January 1959 on KGO-TV (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Pilon: I do not lead my friends around by the noses, senora. I only give them my good advice.
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Cielito Lindo
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Written by Quirino Mendoza
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It has its flaws but was decent for its time
23 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay yes, Spencer Tracy does NOT look like a Paisano, but his performance in this movie is pretty cool and worth noting. I absolutely loved the book and Spencer Tracy's portrayal of Pilon went above and beyond what I expected the character to turn out like on screen. Frank Morgan was wonderful too. The scenes with the songs are particularly charming.

The story is about homeless men who live life one day at a time. Their biggest concern of each day is how they're going to acquire wine. Their friend Danny inherits two houses and Pilon is concerned that this newfound wealth is affecting their friendship.

Along the way they bring in more roommates including the wonderful Pirate character and the guys get into some shenanigans involving what else? Money, women and wine.

I also very much adored the simplicity of Victor Fleming's direction. He made a lot of beautiful shots, especially of the Pirate's adorable dogs!


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