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Release Date:
March 1961 (Austria) See more »
A New Excitement in Screen Entertainment! See more »
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 »
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Enjoyable Variety Show, with Funny yet Touching Host, Thin yet Impassioning Plot, and One Really Great Song ! See more (25 total) »


  (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

Additional Details

Also Known As:
180 min | 158 min (cut version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

The Rumble dance routine that Suzie performs is based on the dancing style from 'West Side Story'.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable Variety Show, with Funny yet Touching Host, Thin yet Impassioning Plot, and One Really Great Song !, 29 October 2009

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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