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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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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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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 8 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Friday 26 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by New York City Sunday 3 November 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first aired 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

Referenced in Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Love is Where You Find It
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Earl K. Brent
Sung by Kathryn Grayson
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Silly, and enjoyable
28 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This rarely seen musical gets a bad rap probably because its as silly as it gets. It's not what audiences expected or could accept from MGM in 1948 or now. It starts silly and ends silly, and has equal amounts of good and bad in-between. The writers had a basic idea of Sinatra being weak-willed (similar to parts in Anchors Aweigh and On The Town) so it's not totally different than his other early films. The story meanders all over the place with comedy and musical sequences, a bizarre whip dance with Sono Osato (whose character doesn't show up again) and a total dud of a song called "Siesta". Movie rules: never have a musical number where everyone falls asleep on-screen; the audience will follow. Everyone works hard, especially the excellent character actors, and its tough to create the silly atmosphere. What can't be faulted are the outstanding MGM production values, the excellent "Love is Where You Find It" sung by Grayson and the generally good songs. This movie sat on MGM's shelf from 1947 with an eventual release at the end of 1948 due to poor audience previews and attempts to salvage the film. MGM added the "Fiesta" dance with Cyd Charisse, Ricardo Montalban, and Ann Miller after production ended to spice things up and it's probably the best thing in the movie. It's exciting, the music is propulsive, and the dancing and costumes are beautiful. The movie is cute, deluxe and enjoyable and certainly better many musicals of the period.


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