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Release Date:
March 1961 (Austria) See more »
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Tagline:
A New Excitement in Screen Entertainment! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Pepe Should Be Reassessed See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Cantinflas ... Pepe

Dan Dailey ... Ted Holt

Shirley Jones ... Suzie Murphy
Carlos Montalbán ... Rodriguez
Vicki Trickett ... Lupita
Matt Mattox ... Dancer
Hank Henry ... Sands Manager
Suzanne Lloyd ... Carmen
Carlos Rivas ... Carlos

Maurice Chevalier ... Maurice Chevalier

Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby

Michael Callan ... Dancer

Richard Conte ... Richard Conte

Bobby Darin ... Bobby Darin

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Sammy Davis Jr.

Jimmy Durante ... Jimmy Durante

Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Zsa Zsa Gabor

Judy Garland ... Vocalist on Radio (singing voice)

Greer Garson ... Greer Garson

Hedda Hopper ... Hedda Hopper

Joey Bishop ... Joey Bishop

Ernie Kovacs ... Immigration Inspector

Peter Lawford ... Peter Lawford

Janet Leigh ... Janet Leigh

Jack Lemmon ... Jack Lemmon

Jay North ... Dennis the Menace (as Jay 'Dennis the Menace' North)

Kim Novak ... Kim Novak

André Previn ... André Previn

Donna Reed ... Donna Reed

Debbie Reynolds ... Debbie Reynolds

Edward G. Robinson ... Edward G. Robinson

Cesar Romero ... Cesar Romero

Frank Sinatra ... Frank Sinatra

Billie Burke ... Billie Burke

Ann B. Davis ... Schultzy (as Ann B. 'Schultzy' Davis)

William Demarest ... Movie Studio Gateman
E.E. Fogelson ... Fogelson (as Col. E. E. Fogelson)
Jack Entratter ... 'Big' Jack Entratter (as 'Big' Jack Entratter)
Jane Robinson ... Jane Robinson
Bunny Waters ... Bunny Waters

Charles Coburn ... Charles Coburn
King Cotton the Horse ... Don Juan (as Don Juan)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dean Martin ... Dean Martin

Dorothy Abbott ... Girl (uncredited)
James Bacon ... Bartender (uncredited)
Steve Baylor ... Parking Attendant (uncredited)
Stephen Bekassy ... Jewelry Salesman (uncredited)
Lela Bliss ... Dowager at Sands (uncredited)
John Burnside ... Parking Attendant (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Bit Part (uncredited)
James Cavanaugh ... Dealer (uncredited)

Tony Curtis ... Tony Curtis (uncredited)
Shirley DeBurgh ... Dancer (uncredited)
Carol Douglas ... Waitress (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Sands Patron (uncredited)
Bonnie Green ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Sands Patron (uncredited)
Joe Hyams ... Charro (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Sands Extra / Airline Attendant (uncredited)
David Landfield ... Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Luba Lisa ... Dancer with Maurice Chevalier (uncredited)
Jeanne Manet ... French Woman (uncredited)
Margie Nelson ... Patron (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Sands Patron (uncredited)
Francisco Reiguera ... Priest (uncredited)
Freddie Roberto ... Cashier (uncredited)
Billy Snyder ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Ray Walker ... Wilder's Assistant Director (uncredited)
James Waters ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Immigration Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sidney 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Binyon 
Leslie Bush-Fekete  play "Broadway Zauber aka Broadway Magic"
Dorothy Kingsley 
Sonya Levien  story
Leonard Spigelgass  story

Produced by
Jacques Gelman .... associate producer
George Sidney .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Green 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald  (as Joe MacDonald)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
Viola Lawrence 
 
Production Design by
Ted Haworth 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Myrl Stoltz .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Silver .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Gunther Gerszo .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
James Z. Flaster .... sound director
Charles J. Rice .... sound director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gordon T. Dawson .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Johnny Green .... general music supervisor
Maury Winetrobe .... music editor
Alexander Courage .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Jack Dumont .... musician (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... conductor (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Roger Edens .... special material and routines: "Pepe" and "Mimi"
Eugene Loring .... choreographer
Alex Romero .... choreographer
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
 

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  • RCA  sound recording

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Runtime:
180 min | 158 min (cut version)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
The Rumble dance routine that Suzie performs is based on the dancing style from 'West Side Story'.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Some Like It Hot (1959)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hooray for HollywoodSee more »

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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Pepe Should Be Reassessed, 17 January 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Now any film with as many stars as they gathered together for bit parts as Pepe will automatically get me watching it in any event. There's no way I'd give this a bad review.

But in terms of the film itself, it might well have been oversold back then. Cantinflas got rave notices for his performance as Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, but failed to win audiences in the English speaking world. So this time Cantinflas played the title role and Columbia Pictures gathered together just about every star who had a free minute or so to appear in this. When you consider that Around the World in 80 Days was also such an all star extravaganza, did any other performer in history ever command such support?

Not that he didn't deserve it. In Latin America, especially in his native Mexico, Cantinflas was a national icon. I think that it was no accident that all these stars wanted to appear with him, it certainly would boost their market value in the Latin American area to be identified with him.

Seeing this film again 46 years after it first came out and I did see it in the theater back in the day, I was struck with how similar the Pepe character was to Forrest Gump. Tom Hanks who got an Oscar for his performance of someone as guileless as Pepe also during that film ran into as many famous folks as Pepe managed to.

Columbia cheated a little bit by going to Las Vegas for part of the story. This was the height of the Rat Pack era and a whole lot of the cast from Ocean's 11 took time from filming that to do some ring-a-ding walk-ons here.

There are some nice musical numbers. Shirley Jones is in good voice singing the title song. A real treat is Cantinflas, Dan Dailey, and Maurice Chevalier doing a reprise of Mimi. My favorite though is a star that appears only by voice, but Judy Garland's The Faraway Part of Town which is heard over a radio should rank as one of the best songs she ever sang.

Seen almost a half a century later, I'd say Pepe was undeservedly panned by the critics back then and is worth looking at whenever it gets broadcast.

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