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The Girl from Mexico (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 2 June 1939 (USA)
In the first entry of an unintended-series that turned into a long-running series for RKO, Carmelita Fuentes is a fiery-Latin singer/dancer in Mexico City who has designs on Dennis Lindsay,... See full summary »

Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Writers:

Lionel Houser (story), Lionel Houser (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lupe Velez ... Carmelita Fuentes
Donald Woods ... Dennis 'Denny' Lindsay
Leon Errol ... Uncle Matthew 'Matt' Lindsay
Linda Hayes ... Elizabeth Price
Donald MacBride ... L. B. Renner
Edward Raquello ... Tony Romano (as Eduardo Raquello)
Elisabeth Risdon ... Aunt Della Lindsay
Ward Bond ... Mexican Pete - the Wrestler
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Storyline

In the first entry of an unintended-series that turned into a long-running series for RKO, Carmelita Fuentes is a fiery-Latin singer/dancer in Mexico City who has designs on Dennis Lindsay, an American publicity agent, for unclear reasons, while Lindsay's shiftless uncle, Matthew Lindsay, aids and abets her every step of the way to the marriage altar. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Oh, how she loves! She's dynamite! He lights the fuse! (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De Cabelinho nas Ventas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

RKO wasn't planning a series while this film was being made, but the series developed after it was such a big hit. See more »

Quotes

Carmelita Fuentes: Love is a wonderful thing! It makes your heart go bumpety bumpety bump... like a little baby falling down the steps!
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Connections

Followed by Mexican Spitfire's Elephant (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain
Traditional
Played on a player piano and sung by Leon Errol
Danced to by Leon Errol and Lupe Velez
Reprised a cappella by Lupe Velez
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The Spitfire takes off
15 August 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Just like when Ma and Pa Kettle became such a hit in The Egg And I that it became a movie series, Lupe Velez proved such a hit as the fiery and passionate Mexican singer Carmelita Fuentes that RKO did a whole series of Mexican Spitfire films. Velez who was on the downside of her career, she was no longer an A list player got her career extended a few more years. Sadly only a few years since she died by suicide in 1943.

This film which introduces the characters has Donald Woods press agent on a hunt in Mexico for a talented singer of the Latina persuasion for his boss Donald MacBride's radio station. He brings Lupe Velez and finds she's awfully hard to handle. The one she relates best to is Leon Errol who is his uncle. His aunt Elizabeth Risdon who usually played snooty old dowagers is at her snootiest here. Fiance Linda Hayes isn't too thrilled with Velez's presence either.

Velez and Errol worked well together and it was both of them that kept the Mexican Spitfire series going. Later on when Errol started playing the dual role of Uncle Matt and Lord Epping he could have spun out on a series of his own.

For better or worse this is what Lupe Velez is best remembered for cinematically as opposed to her sex life which was varied and tempestuous.


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