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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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Ricardo
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Teresa
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Chico
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Isabella
Mikhail Rasumny ...
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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Fiesta Specialty Dancer
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Fiesta Specialty Dancer
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Edna Skinner ...
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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MGM's big, bold, different Technicolor musical! See more »


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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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(Technicolor)

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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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Referenced in Happy Days: The Kissing Bandit (1978) See more »

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Danced by Ricardo Montalban, Cyd Charisse and Ann Miller
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Aw, stop it. This was cute!
5 December 2009 | by (OKC) – See all my reviews

Okay, so it's not West Side Story, but The Kissing Bandit is darned cute. There were so many silly musicals throughout motion-picture history, I'm surprised that this one is getting such a bad rap.

The 1940's, regardless of how thinly the stories were laid-on, was the most beautiful decade in history for films. The remarkable lighting, set, and costume design of the '40's can make just about every movie enjoyable. Sinatra and Grayson are delightful; any scene in which Kathryn appears is worth watching just because she was so adorable and lovely. Mildred Natwick's role isn't very vivid, but she's a wonderful actress no matter how small the part.

If you don't care for the silliness of the "filler", just fast-forward to any scene with singing, dancing, or an actress -- Heck three of the most beautiful and talented women in film are all in the same movie. Just enjoy the pretty colors and all will be well... sleep... sleeeep...


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