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Pepe (1960)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Holt
Suzie Murphy
Carlos Montalbán ...
Matt Mattox ...
Hank Henry ...
Sands Manager
Maurice Chevalier
Bing Crosby
Richard Conte
Bobby Darin
Sammy Davis Jr.


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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PEPE...THE MOST FABULOUS FUNE SHOW EVER ON THE SCREEN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

26 April 1962 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Pepe - Was kann die Welt schon kosten  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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2.35 : 1
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Due the failure of this film, Mario Moreno never worked in Hollywood again. Some of his friends claimed that he got angry everytime someone mentioned this movie to him. See more »


References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »


Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Special Material and Routines by Roger Edens
Performed by Maurice Chevalier, Cantinflas and Dan Dailey
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Very good family entertainment, I'd like to see it on video
20 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson, Dan Daily, & Cantinflas (as Pepe) were very convincing in their major rolls in this movie. The guest star list was enormous and included just about everyone who was hot in Hollywood. My favorite was Bobby Darin during his zenith. This movie is like a time capsule from 1960 and would make a great addition to a collection of family entertainment videos.

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