The young Mexican Pepe's beloved horse is sold to Hollywood star Ted Holt, leading to Pepe's journey to Hollywood to get the horse back, and Pepe's encounter with half the stars working in Hollywood at the time.

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In Mexico, Pepe is the good-natured ranch foreman of Sr. Rodriguez. Pepe's pride and joy is Don Juan, a magnificent white stud stallion that he raised from a colt for Sr. Rodriguez and that he refers to as his "son". As Sr. Rodriguez has decided to sell Don Juan at auction, Pepe enacts a plan to dissuade any interested buyers so that he can buy Don Juan himself. The plan doesn't work, as Don Juan is sold to washed-up Hollywood movie director Ted Holt - his current Hollywood status due to alcohol over-consumption - who wants to use Don Juan for his comeback project to be shot in Mexico with an all-Mexican cast except for an American female lead. Pepe decides to head to Hollywood and earn lots of money so that he can buy Pepe and bring him back to Mexico. In Hollywood, Pepe gets into one misadventure after another with a cavalcade of Hollywood movie stars, those misadventures based largely on Pepe's limited grasp of the English language, he often taking what is said to him in their ... Written by Huggo

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SO HILARIOUS! SO HEARTWARMING! YOU'LL GLOW ALL OVER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Also Known As:

Pepe - Was kann die Welt schon kosten  »

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$9,600,000 (USA)
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The film's length gave Columbia inordinate problems, especially as it was a major box-office flop. Its first screening was at a length of 195 minutes, but by the time of its European openings in the Spring of 1961, it had been shortened to 170 minutes, with many star cameos noticeably trimmed. Later showings, especially on television, have been trimmed further. See more »

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References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

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September Song
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
Performed by Maurice Chevalier
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A delightful family movie
4 November 2003 | by (Miami, Fl) – See all my reviews

I have fond memories of this movie. I remember along with my brother Alan, begging our parents to take us to the drive-in to see Pepe. I don't know anyone who did not like Cantinflas. With the advent of DVD, I don't know why this title has not surfaced.


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