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The Devil on Horseback (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 11 October 1936 (USA)
A movie star visits a small Latin country with her press agent, and a local bandit who has a crush on her invites her to visit his hacienda. Her press agent decides to spread the story that she's been kidnapped, which brings out the army.

Director:

Crane Wilbur

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (play), Crane Wilbur (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lili Damita ... Diane Corday
Fred Keating ... Gary Owen
Francisco Flores del Campo Francisco Flores del Campo ... Pancho Granero (as Del Campo)
Jean Chatburn ... Jane Evans
Tiffany Thayer ... Wilbur Hitchcock
Renee Torres Renee Torres ... Rosmond
Juan Torena ... Juan Torres
Blanca Vischer ... Manuela Torres
Enrique de Rosas ... Col. Enrique Berea
Jack Stegall Jack Stegall ... Capt. de Reana
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A movie star visits a small Latin country with her press agent, and a local bandit who has a crush on her invites her to visit his hacienda. Her press agent decides to spread the story that she's been kidnapped, which brings out the army.

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100% Color Production!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Wednesday 3 November 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

Connections

Remade as El carnaval del diablo (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Out of the Hills
Music by Jack Stern
Lyrics by Harry Tobias
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Ample proof that even big studios could make really bad B-movies!
19 June 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Apart from the novelty of seeing one of Errol Flynn's wives, Lila Damita, in this film, I can't really think of any conceivable reason to see "The Devil on Horseback". It's ample proof that even a big studio (in this case First National—a division of Warner Brothers) can make a really bad B-movie—one even worse than most tiny studio offerings.

The film is set in Mexico. Fred Keating plays an annoyingly studio Mexican bandit—and plays him with all the subtlety of the Frito Bandito! He is truly a caricature of such a person and his simple-minded ways and style really are NOT a credit to the way Hollywood once treated minorities! A grinning idiot who LOVES to sing, that's Keating in this one. The guy is apparently in love with an American film actress (Damita) and insists on going into town to see her—even though he's been banished. The plot doesn't get any deeper than that and it's full of the sort of songs Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy sang—though much worse! So, you've got a dopey plot, lots of operatic singing, REALLY BAD acting, a racially insensitive portrait of our friends to the South and a plot that even a chimp could only do better! The bottom line is that this is a painful and boring film—one that, even if it IS in the public domain, isn't worth your time. Quite bad, I assure you.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil on Horseback See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Color:

Color (Hirlicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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