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Mexican Hayride (1948)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  December 1948 (USA)
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Two con men selling phony stock flee to Mexico ahead of the law, where they run into a woman friend from their earlier days, who is now a bullfighter.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Virginia Grey ...
Montana the Bullfighter / Mary
Luba Malina ...
Dagmar
John Hubbard ...
David Winthrop, American Embassy
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Señor Martinez
Fritz Feld ...
Professor Ganzmeyer
Tom Powers ...
Plainclothesman Ed Mason
Pat Costello ...
Plainclothesman Tim Williams
Frank Fenton ...
Gus Adamson
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Mariachi Leader (as Chris Pin Martin)
Sid Fields ...
AP reporter (as Sidney Fields)
Flores Brothers Trio ...
Musicians Playing 'Is It Yes, or Is It No?'
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Storyline

Two con men selling phony stock flee to Mexico ahead of the law, where they run into a woman friend from their earlier days, who is now a bullfighter.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Release Date:

December 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abbott und Costello im Lande der Kakteen  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,032,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Patricia Alphin was originally cast as Montana, but she was replaced after three days' shooting by Virginia Grey. See more »

Goofs

After the bull sends the barrel (with Lou inside) flying into the center of the bullring and it crashes, you can momentarily see the wires attached to the barrel. See more »

Quotes

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Soundtracks

Kiss Me Kate
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Written by Cole Porter
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So It's A Hayride
20 January 2008 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I don't know why people think so poorly of this film. Although it seems a little odd the way it begins in the middle of the story, it ticks along at a good rate; Pat Costello has an effective repartee with Lou, which is very interesting; Luba Malina, Fritz Feld, Sid Fields and Chris-Pin Martin are all funny. Costello is over the top, yet seems lovable and genuine in this movie. There are no gratuitous musical numbers to FF through, but there are a couple of comic musical numbers. It does not have the slow moments or the maudlin handling they had in "Little Giant" (which does have some good moments, by the way); Lou keeps things moving, and I can count 10 good skits off the top of my head--the one with Lou preparing tortillas has something close to a spectacular ending...if only the plot hadn't got in the way. Even the grand finale with a few rear-projections (and a "trained" bull) turns out pretty funny.

It's the logical extension of Abbott's character for him to be an all-around swindler, so that doesn't bother me; their teamwork is still top-rate, and I'm happy to see Costello get the better of Abbott once in a while. It's also relieving that in this context (and maybe an off-screen agreement?), Abbott refrains from slapping Costello, which would make his character unacceptable.

So spend a few bucks and watch it on DVD. Not a classic, but a good Sunday afternoon comedy with two comedians still at their peak of performance. And that's not bad.


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