A Salesman tries to locate a notorious Mexican bandit, comedy musical



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Knute Knudsen


A Salesman tries to locate a notorious Mexican bandit, comedy musical

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Comedy | Musical | Short





Release Date:

7 December 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1935-1936 season) #9: Okay, José  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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José Pedro Carlos Hernandez II: Oh, when I first look into your eyes, I know that you and I - I want to marry you!
Knute Knudsen: [Disguised as a blonde señorita] No. No-no. No, Jose-zee. It can never be.
José Pedro Carlos Hernandez II: Why not?
Knute Knudsen: You don't know de half of it.
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Cielito lindo
Written by Quirino Mendoza
Played during the opening credits
Sung and danced during the production number
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Apart from seeing Brendel playing a luscious blonde, there isn't much to recommend this one.
5 March 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Vitaphone shorts were originally intended to be experimental and tested out the new Warner Brothers sound system before they ultimately released "The Jazz Singer". Following the release of the film, they continued to make Vitaphone films...even after sound became the norm. So, it's very fitting that Vitaphone also tested out a new innovation in their shorts as well--Three Color Technicolor. While there were earlier color systems (such as Cinecolor and Two Color Technicolor), they weren't true color but were made with a more primitive system where a blue-green and an orange-red strip overlapped the black and white strip. The colors, not surprisingly, tended to look very orange and green! With three strip, three different color strips overlapped the black & white strip...and resulted in vivid color. The only problems were that the films needed A LOT of lighting to make the picture look good and not too dark. And, the colors in the earlier versions of this system tended to look very over-saturated--with colors so intense it almost looked better than real life!

Sadly, I've seen several of these full-color Vitaphone films and most of them are incredibly boring. They emphasized singing and dancing and the stories themselves were pretty limp...and that is definitely true with "Okay, José"...a film with lots of singing and dancing...but not very good on either count. The story was also pretty lame and the only thing I really liked about it was watching Ed Brendel pretending to be a pretty blonde lady! This was pretty cute...but that and the color alone are not enough to recommend it.

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