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The Gay Desperado (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 2 October 1936 (USA)
Chivo, a singer who works in a movie theater providing live entertainment, is and apprehended by a music-loving Mexican bandit Braganza who wants to make Chivo part of his band. Braganza, who admires American gangsters, also kidnaps Jane and her rich boyfriend, Bill. to become more like the American movie gangsters he admires.

Director:

Rouben Mamoulian

Writers:

Leo Birinsky (story), Wallace Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nino Martini ... Chivo
Ida Lupino ... Jane
Leo Carrillo ... Pablo Braganza
Harold Huber ... Juan Campo
James Blakeley ... Bill Shay
Stanley Fields ... Butch
Mischa Auer ... Diego
Adrian Rosley Adrian Rosley ... Radio Station Manager
Paul Hurst ... American Detective
Al Ernest Garcia ... Police Captain
Frank Puglia ... López
Michael Visaroff ... Theatre Manager
Chris-Pin Martin ... Pancho (as Chris King Martin)
Harry Semels Harry Semels ... Manuel
George Du Count George Du Count ... Salvador
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Storyline

Chivo, a singer who works in a movie theater providing live entertainment, is and apprehended by a music-loving Mexican bandit Braganza who wants to make Chivo part of his band. Braganza, who admires American gangsters, also kidnaps Jane and her rich boyfriend, Bill. to become more like the American movie gangsters he admires.

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Plot Keywords:

opera | bandit | mexico | radio | See All (4) »

Taglines:

THE GIANT MUSICAL HIT OF THE YEAR! (original ad - all caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daring Desperadoes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pickford-Lasky See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although he's playing a Mexican, Nino Martini was actually born in Italy. See more »

Connections

Featured in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997) See more »

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Estrellita
Words and Music by Manuel M. Ponce
Adapted by Frank La Forge
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Local color and a correction...
21 April 2010 | by tkrehbielSee all my reviews

This is, as others have pointed out, a lovely film in many ways.

I particularly enjoyed seeing the Tucson, AZ landscape as it was some 80 years ago. This appears to have been filmed in the area in which Columbia Pictures built a whole 1860s town for the movie "Arizona." On a personal note, I can look eastward from my back yard and recognize the mountains and the terrain that has been preserved as a county park.

The correction I need to make is the use in various reviews of the Spanglish non-word "bandito" (created to rhyme with the product name Frito) in every place where the correct word, readily found in any Spanish dictionary, would be "bandido."


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