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The Girl from Monterrey (1943)

Approved | | Thriller | 4 October 1943 (USA)
Mexican club singer Lita Valdez is amazed to find that her younger brother Alberto is a talented boxer and is even more thrilled by his consistent success in the ring. Till he is forced to ... See full summary »

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Wallace Fox

Writers:

Robert Gordon (story), George Green (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Armida ... Lita Valdez
Edgar Kennedy ... Doc Hogan, Fight Promoter
Veda Ann Borg ... Flossie Rankin
Jack La Rue ... Al Johnson
Terry Frost ... Jerry O'Leary
Anthony Caruso ... Alberto 'Baby' Valdez
Charles Williams Charles Williams ... Harry Hollis
Bryant Washburn ... Fight Commissioner Bogart
Guy Zanette Guy Zanette ... Tony Perrone
Wheeler Oakman ... Fight Announcer
Jay Silverheels ... Fighter Tito Flores (as Harry Smith)
Renee Helms Renee Helms ... Hat Check Girl (as Renee White)
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Storyline

Mexican club singer Lita Valdez is amazed to find that her younger brother Alberto is a talented boxer and is even more thrilled by his consistent success in the ring. Till he is forced to fight Jerry O'Leary, the man she loves. Caught between her devotion to both men, Lita tries her best to have the match canceled, but there is much more to the boxing racket than she had ever imagined... Written by Robert

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Plot Keywords:

singer | sister | See All (2) »

Taglines:

SHE'S SUGAR and SPICE and EVERYTHING NICE -- And a Dash of Tabasco To Boot!

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Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl from Monterey See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jack Schwarz Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Girl From Monterrey
Written by Lou Herscher (as Louis Herscher) and Harold Raymond
Performed by Armida
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Not to be mistaken for "Rocky" or "Raging Bull"!
12 October 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I would love to sit down with a group of Mexican-Americans to see this film. That's because Armida's dialog and acting seem right from the Frito Bandito school of acting and I'd love to watch the reactions on this audience in order to see them looking on in horror! Yes, her acting is THAT silly. However, despite being a second-rate Lupe Valez wannabee, her shtick was also quite entertaining. Bad, but entertaining.

The film begins with Lita (Armida) singing in a Mexican night club. Soon, her brother (Antonio Caruso) arrives from America and announces he's a prize fighter. She is at first furious (and she is through MOST of the movie) but then relents when she sees he has no trouble 'knocking peeeple down', as she puts it. They both come to America together where they find it relatively easy moving up in the boxing rankings--mostly because EVERYONE you see fight other than Caruso appears to be LESS talented in boxing than either Wally Cox or Billy Barty! In fact, I have never seen a boxing film with such horrible boxers in all my life and Armida would have probably been more convincing in the ring. Oddly, of all the no-talent 'fighters', the worst clearly was Jerry (Terry Frost)--who is supposed to be the champion!! Eventually, the brother, 'Okay Baby' Valez is going to meet the Champ in the ring--which is a problem as Lita is now head-over-heels for Jerry and she can't stand to see either of them lose. Throw into this mix a BAD girl (Veda Ann Borg) and you've got the makings of a clichéd and often very silly film. However, despite being bad, it also is oddly likable. I don't really know why, but the film did keep my interest to the end and so it couldn't be 100% bad! By the way, although Caruso got rather low billing, he was one of the stars in the film. Also, you might recognize him as 'Bela Oxmyx' from the "A Piece of the Action"--one of the funnier episodes of the original "Star Trek" series. Also, fans of Laurel & Hardy would also be happy to know that Edgar Kennedy is in the film, and he's pretty good in his role as a boxing promoter.


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