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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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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Ted Holt
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Suzie Murphy
Carlos Montalbán ...
Rodriguez
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Lupita
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Hank Henry ...
Sands Manager
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Carmen
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Carlos
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Maurice Chevalier
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Bing Crosby
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Richard Conte
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Sammy Davis Jr.
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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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Comedy | Musical

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26 April 1962 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Pepe - Was kann die Welt schon kosten  »

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$9,600,000
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The complete three-hour print was released for television broadcast in the 1970s, most notably on Channel 29 (WTAF) in Philadelphia, which ran the film in a 3 hour and 30 minute time slot, and Channel 7 (WABC) in New York, which ran it in five successive one hour installments on its 10:00am Movie in the Morning time slot. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

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Pennies from Heaven
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Music by Arthur Johnston and lyrics by Johnny Burke
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Enjoyable Variety Show, with Funny yet Touching Host, Thin yet Impassioning Plot, and One Really Great Song !
29 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

It's pure magic. Despite anyone tries to convince you not. When I was 14-year-old this movie was among my top 5. Who can resist many stars, bright dances, droll sketches, great music, and so sizzling girls from the good old 1950s as well ?! You can say it got a thin plot. But as whole I discovered that that was the point !

It's a variety show. (Cantinflas), the Mexican comic star, wasn't that hot name in America. And the way to achieve that was by putting him in the middle of Hollywood hall of fame, through delightful colorful episodes with a plot (somewhat) like kind of (Charles Chaplin)'s tales yet about a man and not a kid.. but a horse. And for me all of that worked magically.

I believe the TV at the moment was hitting the movies' industry badly. So Hollywood had to fight back with its heavy artillery. You can sense that rightly with Cantinflas's first American movie 4 years ago (Around the World in 80 Days). The many cameos of the stars, the episodic feel, and the international backgrounds all were the cinema's desperate weapons at its war. And Cantinflas's second American movie wasn't away from that.

Still the parts that really entertained me much were Maurice Chevalier's Mimi, the bar's erotic dance, Dean Martin's cameo, and the scene of Cantinflas with Edward G. Robinson near the end as a walking broken heart (Cantinflas lost that year's Golden Globe of the best actor for Jack Lemmon in The Apartment). So it is a funny, sexy, and touching show.

The title song is one of a few songs move my feeling to the highest degree. It's holy for me. Aside from perfect music, I ranked it as the best song ever made about the beauty of simplicity, the smiling clown in our life, or just the beauty of being simple smiling man.

This was the end of the musicals' age on-screen, and to tell you the truth Pepe isn't a great musical itself, though it managed to give the good emotions that any great musical used to deliver. And remember folks; this was nominated for 7 Oscars. Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Original Song (Faraway Part of Town), and Best Music; Scoring of a Musical Picture. It's surely better than many musicals I watched from Hollywood's golden age.

George Sidney's movies that I saw till now are all an absolute treat. Plus something else, the women in his movies are all sexy. So sexy at the least! It's clear that this man loved the showgirls along with the cabaret's dancing so much. And by the way I began to believe that (Sidney) was slightly having a passion for the butts (the good female butts!). Yes, you can believe that when you watch for instance his way of focusing on the dancing girl with Dailey (after Chevalier's number). And certainly in other movies like his next (Viva Las Vegas) and (The Swinger) !

I know it gets weird at places (the dance as small people), but again this is a show with various spectacles, and that trick wasn't familiar only, but was kind of dazzling back then also. However still boring for a big fan of the movie like me! Plus I couldn't stand Dan Dailey most of the time. But still the final scene was the worst thing; it abstracted the Hollywood happy ending yet in the wrong way.

It's a rare document about Hollywood at the end of the 1950s. You may catch on its value after experiencing Hollywood of the 1970s where movies like (That's Entertainment) were produced just to recall days like these! Although now it isn't among the top 5, but as this show was ultra-satisfying for me in my childhood, IT IS as satisfying after. So bad that it didn't serve its lead to be a Hollywood star. However Pepe (the movie, the character and the song) are real stars in my memories.


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