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Kiss of Fire (1955)

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In 1700, a Spanish princess travels from New Mexico to California with ruthless outlaw El Tigre as guide.

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El Tigre
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Princess Lucia
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Duke of Montera
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Felicia
Leslie Bradley ...
Baron Vega
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Sergeant Diego
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Padre Domingo
Joseph Waring ...
Victor
Pat Hogan ...
Chief Pahvant
Karen Kadler ...
Shining Moon
Steven Geray ...
Ship Captain Bellon
Henry Rowland ...
Acosta
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In 1700, news that the king of Spain is dying comes to the Spanish outpost in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For some reason, lovely Princess Lucia, the preferred heir, is in this remote location. To get her back to Europe without running afoul of the Viceroy of Mexico (who backs another heir) will require a guide friendly with the Indians: outlaw El Tigre, whom the princess (initially) despises. The highly hazardous journey is made more so by presence of turncoats in the group... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He held his knife at the frontier's throat ... its treasure in his arms !


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14 October 1955 (Finland)  »

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The Rose and the Flame  »

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Rhonda Fleming was originally cast as Princess Lucia but she withdrew from the film due to a scheduling conflict. See more »

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Princess Lucia: Do you expect me to land on the shores of Spain wearing the same dress in which I leave Santa Fe?
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Kiss of Fire
Music by Robert Hill
Lyrics by Lester Allen
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Classic Melodramatic Historical Romantic Drama.
26 November 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Set in Spanish New Mexico in 1700, this wonderful Technicolor production is full of romance, intrigue, action and adventure. The three principals in the cast, Jack Palance, Barbara Rush and Rex Reason, all shine in this studio vehicle for star Jack Palance, who is terrific in the lead role, with style, sex appeal, and a good Spanish accent. (In real life, Palance is full-blood American-born Russian-Ukrainian, his real name is Vladimir Palanuik. He speaks six languages.) Rex Reason, looking very handsome and distinguished in a real mustache and beard, was especially good in one of his better costume character roles as the Duke of Montera, viceroy of the Spanish territories, sent to accompany Princess Lucia by the Spanish crown; Reason took lessons to learn how to swordfight from Basil Rathbone and had a fine swashbuckling action scene in a fight with Jack Palance's El Tigre. Good but typical melodramatic plot development as the Duke is in love with Lady Lucia but is unable to express his love for her, while El Tigre smolders with passion in every scene. Lovely Martha Hyer is on hand in beautiful period costumes as well. Filmed partly on location in the southwestern deserts, but mostly studio-bound, this was a lavish and colorful Universal costume drama. A fine, rousing adventure and a fiery romance. Sadly, many Universal pictures of the 1950s and 1960s are still unavailable on home video. Universal should be ashamed of themselves for not releasing this great film on video, and DVD as well.


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