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The Kissing Bandit (1948)

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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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Mikhail Rasumny ...
Don Jose
General Felipe Toro
Sono Osato ...
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Colonel Gomez
Carleton G. Young ...
Count Ricardo Belmonte
Fiesta Specialty Dancer
Fiesta Specialty Dancer
Edna Skinner ...
Vicente Gómez ...
Mexican Guitarist


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 <>

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Release Date:

January 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A csókos bandita  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Frank Sinatra did not want to make this movie, feeling that he was not right for the part. The studio, anxious to build him up as a leading man, forced him to be in it. He stated later that he never watched the film since he was embarrassed by the whole thing. Kathryn Grayson likewise disliked the film saying that it was her least favorite of all her films. See more »


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Perfectly enjoyable. Certainly not any worse than any number of other MGM musicals no one remembers
21 February 2010 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

MGM musical starring Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson. Sinatra plays the son of a businessman who had a secret identity as the Kissing Bandit in California. When his father dies, Sinatra moves from Boston to California to take over the business - and the Kissing Bandit identity. The problem? He's kind of a wuss. During his first raid, he's too afraid to kiss Kathryn Grayson, the daughter of the governor, which causes her to seethe with jealousy. The Kissing Bandit has an awfully low IMDb rating at 4.7, but I didn't think it was that bad. It's certainly no worse than a good chunk of MGM musicals made around the same time. Sure, we could wish it were better, but it's cute enough, funny enough and it has some pretty good songs. Grayson is absolutely adorable in it. The film also includes Cyd Charisse, in what might be her lousiest dance sequence ever (obviously the choreographer's fault) with a whip to charm Sinatra, and Ann Miller and Ricardo Montelbahn (along with another uncredited dancer) share a fine dance as "fiesta specialty dancers".

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