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The Singer Not the Song (1961)

In a small Mexican town, a Catholic priest and a local bandit clash, but the brave priest ultimately wins the outlaw's respect.

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(as Roy Baker)

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(novel) (as Audrey Erskine Lindop), (screenplay)
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Anacleto Comachi
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Father Michael Keogh
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Locha de Cortinez
Laurence Naismith ...
Old Uncle
John Bentley ...
Police Captain
Leslie French ...
Father Gomez
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Presidente
Nyall Florenz ...
Vito
Roger Delgado ...
Pedro de Cortinez
Philip Gilbert ...
Phil Brown
Selma Vaz Dias ...
Chela
Laurence Payne ...
Pablo
Jacqueline Evans ...
Dona Marian
Lee Montague ...
Pepe
Serafina Di Leo ...
Jasefa
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During the 1950s, in a small isolated Mexican village, the local Roman Catholic priest, Father Gomez, is an older man with a broken spirit. During his tenure in the village of Quantano, he fought hard to keep his flock of parishioners, in spite of threats and intimidation from the part of local bandit Anacleto Comachi and his men. The atheistic bandit has imposed his tyrannical rule over the region for many years. The local Police cannot find any witnesses to come forward and testify to any wrongdoing from the part of Anacleto. Therefore, they cannot charge him or arrest him. The Catholic Church replaces Father Gomez with a younger, more energetic priest, Father Keogh from Ireland. Before departing the village, Father Gomez warns Father Keogh of the dangers of defying Anacleto Comachi's authority. But Father Keogh openly defies the bandit and administers his daily priestly duties at the village church. He even manages to persuade some of the villagers to start attending church again. ... Written by nufs68

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The strange and terrible combat of two men in a strange and terrible Mexican town. See more »

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Drama | Western

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2 May 1962 (USA)  »

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A Esperança Nunca Morre  »

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Hilarious!
22 January 2000 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

An unintentional riot of fun! Never has the wonderful Dirk Bogarde been so poorly miscast. The sight of his character reduced me to tears as he failed to strike fear dressed as a Jim Morrison wannabe in leather trousers and black silk shirt. John Mills appeared to be having a hard time holding onto his ersatz Irish accent and his attempts at steely determination were a joy to behold. One must assume that money was the prime motivation behind theses to old pros participation - Bogarde did go on to give us some of his finest performances in films like The Servant and Death in Venice. This shocking waste of time would have been better left on the cutting room floor. Unless you are really stuck for something to watch or have a finely tuned sense of the bizarre give this a miss


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