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The Kissing Bandit (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Western | January 1949 (USA)
Ricardo, the milquetoast son of a Mexican bandit, would rather lead a quiet life in Boston. But the family would rather that he follow in his father's footsteps and become "The Kissing Bandit".

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Ricardo
Kathryn Grayson ... Teresa
J. Carrol Naish ... Chico
Mildred Natwick ... Isabella
Mikhail Rasumny ... Don Jose
Billy Gilbert ... General Felipe Toro
Sono Osato ... Bianca
Clinton Sundberg ... Colonel Gomez
Carleton G. Young ... Count Ricardo Belmonte
Ricardo Montalban ... Fiesta Specialty Dancer
Ann Miller ... Fiesta Specialty Dancer
Cyd Charisse ... Dancer
Edna Skinner ... Juanita
Vicente Gómez Vicente Gómez ... Mexican Guitarist
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Storyline

Ricardo, son of a Mexican bandit, becomes against his will a bandit. He falls in love with Theresa, the daughter of the governor, who is expecting tax collectors from Spain. Ricardo sees a good chance there. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Ricard Montalban and Cyd Charisse in the fiery "Dance of Fury" See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Me besó un bandido See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The "Dance Of Fury", danced by Ann Miller, Ricardo Montalbán and Cyd Charisse and choreographed by the great Robert Alton, is one of the greatest dance epics ever! See more »


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I Like You
Sung and Danced by Sono Osato
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Weak musical comedy has a few compensations but not enough...
12 December 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The lavish production values and a few good comic performances from J. CARROL NAISH, MILDRED NATWICK and BILLY GILBERT are not enough to save THE KISSING BANDIT from a witless script.

It's an MGM musical in which there are only two compensations: KATHRYN GRAYSON effectively warbling "Love Is Where You Find It" and an interesting Spanish-style menage-a-trois dance routine performed vigorously by RICHARDO MONTALBAN, CYD CHARISSE and ANN MILLER.

There's a Zorro-like flavor to the inept storyline that has FRANK SINATRA masquerading as his bandit father, "the kissing bandit," and wooing the lovely governor's daughter, Grayson, who has the camera in love with her most of the time. Sinatra looks uncomfortable throughout and one can't blame him but he does manage to croon a couple of ballads in his easy style.

It looks as though MGM had the use of leftover sets from THE PIRATE, but the color photography, sets and costumes are lavish enough on their own to elevate the film to passable entertainment for Sinatra fans and those who fancy Grayson's rather shrill soprano voice.

Summing up: The dance trio (Montalban, Charisse and Miller) easily steal the show with their fascinating Spanish dance.


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