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The Kissing Bandit (1948)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Western | January 1949 (USA)
Ricardo, the milquetoast son of a Mexican bandit, would rather lead a quiet life in Boston. But the family would rather that he follow in his father's footsteps and become "The Kissing Bandit".

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Count Ricardo Belmonte
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Ricardo, son of a mexican bandit, becomes against his will a bandit. He falls in love with Theresa, the daughter of the governor, who is expecting tax collectors from spain. Ricardo sees a good chance there. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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January 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A csókos bandita  »

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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 Minneapolis Monday 4 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), followed by Los Angeles Friday 8 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Chicago 16 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 26 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and in New York City 3 November 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was finally seen 3 August 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.17 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Steal a Kiss
Frank Sinatra, reprised by Kathryn Grayson
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Cute 1940s musical
14 September 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson are paired together again in this 1940s musical that's a cross between The Mark of Zorro and The Court Jester. After getting an education in Boston, Frankie returns home to California to take over his dead father's hotel business. J. Carrol Naish, his father's faithful sidekick, is delighted to have another leader, but when Frankie arrives, they're both disappointed. It turns out, the hotel business was a cover-up—Frankie's dad was really "The Kissing Bandit" who kissed women after robbing their stagecoaches. Frankie's not a crook or a ladies' man, so J. Carrol Naish has his hands full when trying to train the new bandit.

Hidden in this cute and colorful musical are cameos by Mildred Natwick, Cyd Charisse, Ricardo Montalban, and Ann Miller. Yes, it's a little campy and corny, but compared to a lot of 1940s silly musicals, this one is pretty cute. There are some funny jokes and cute songs, including Kathryn Grayson's "Love is Where You Find It". If you're not looking for anything too serious, rent The Kissing Bandit for a fun girls' weekend!


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