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The Torch (1950)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 2 June 1950 (USA)
A revolutionary and his band take over a small Mexican town. The townspeople begin to take sides over whether to fight him, join forces with him or just try to get along with him.

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María Dolores Penafiel
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José Juan Reyes
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Father Sierra
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Dr. Robert Stanley
Julio Villarreal ...
Don Carlos Penafiel
Carlos Múzquiz ...
Fidel Bernal
Margarito Luna ...
Capt. Bocanegra
José Torvay ...
Capt. Quiñones (as José I. Torvay)
Pascual García Peña ...
Don Apolinio
Antonia Daneem ...
Adeli
Jorge Treviño
Rosaura Revueltas
Eduardo Arozamena
Guillermo Calles
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A ruthless, comical, fun-loving, romantic rebel general, General Jose Juan Reyes, preparing to make a stand against the Mexican-government army takes over a small Mexican town and imprisons the town leaders, including the father of fiery Maria Dolores Penafiel, who is among those citizens who take a stand against Reyes. Maria protests by slapping the face of Reyes, (the first of many times) and he is so enthralled by her spirit that he immediately declares she must become his wife. In response, she shows some more spirit, she sets off a firecracker under his horse. Reyes begins to soften and, with the aid of Father Sierra and Maria, who is about to marry her local suitor, he helps the town fight an influenza epidemic. He decides to retreat than stage a battle in the town against the advancing government troops. Maria is so stirred by the bugles of the retreating rebels, that she leaves her marriage ceremony and marches with Reyes and his ragged army across the desert into the sunset. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BY GUN...BY FLAME...BY FORCE...He took everything he wanted!


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Rebellen der schwarzen Berge  »

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A ridiculous movie
5 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw The Torch when it came out in 1950. It was Thanksgiving weekend at Missouri U. in Columbia, and almost all the students were gone. Perhaps that's why this film was ever so briefly scheduled at the local theater. My friend (who later became my husband) and I were amazed that a movie this bad could be distributed and shown in the USA. Also, we were surprised that a movie star like Paulette Goddard would appear in such a film. It was so terrible that we have not forgotten it in 54 years and still laugh about it. I can still hear Paulette Goddard screeching. I can still see Armendariz swaggering in his huge sombrero. I remember acting so broad that even a teenager couldn't stand it. A "dark comedy/drama" indeed. What a ridiculous movie.


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