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The Kissing Bandit (1948)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Western  -  January 1949 (USA)
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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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Chico
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Isabella
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Don Jose
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General Felipe Toro
Sono Osato ...
Bianca
Clinton Sundberg ...
Colonel Gomez
Carleton G. Young ...
Count Ricardo Belmonte
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Juanita
Vicente Gómez ...
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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)  »

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A csókos bandita  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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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If I Steal a Kiss
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Weak musical comedy has a few compensations but not enough...
12 December 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The lavish production values and a few good comic performances from J. CARROL NAISH, MILDRED NATWICK and BILLY GILBERT are not enough to save THE KISSING BANDIT from a witless script.

It's an MGM musical in which there are only two compensations: KATHRYN GRAYSON effectively warbling "Love Is Where You Find It" and an interesting Spanish-style menage-a-trois dance routine performed vigorously by RICHARDO MONTALBAN, CYD CHARISSE and ANN MILLER.

There's a Zorro-like flavor to the inept storyline that has FRANK SINATRA masquerading as his bandit father, "the kissing bandit," and wooing the lovely governor's daughter, Grayson, who has the camera in love with her most of the time. Sinatra looks uncomfortable throughout and one can't blame him but he does manage to croon a couple of ballads in his easy style.

It looks as though MGM had the use of leftover sets from THE PIRATE, but the color photography, sets and costumes are lavish enough on their own to elevate the film to passable entertainment for Sinatra fans and those who fancy Grayson's rather shrill soprano voice.

Summing up: The dance trio (Montalban, Charisse and Miller) easily steal the show with their fascinating Spanish dance.


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