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Mexican Hayride (1948)

Approved | | Comedy , Romance | December 1948 (USA)
Two con men selling phony stock flee to Mexico ahead of the law, where they run into a woman friend from their earlier days, who is now a bullfighter.

Director:

Charles Barton (as Charles T. Barton)

Writers:

Oscar Brodney (screenplay), John Grant (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Harry Lambert
Lou Costello ... Joe Bascom
Virginia Grey ... Montana
Luba Malina ... Dagmar
John Hubbard ... David Winthrop
Pedro de Cordoba ... Señor Martinez
Fritz Feld ... Professor Ganzmeyer
Tom Powers ... Ed Mason
Pat Costello Pat Costello ... Tim Williams
Frank Fenton ... Gus Adamson
Chris-Pin Martin ... Mariachi Leader (as Chris Pin Martin)
Sid Fields ... Reporter (as Sidney Fields)
Flores Brothers Trio Flores Brothers Trio ... Trio
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Storyline

Two con men selling phony stock flee to Mexico ahead of the law, where they run into a woman friend from their earlier days, who is now a bullfighter.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott und Costello im Lande der Kakteen See more »

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Budget:

$1,032,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Patricia Alphin was originally cast as Montana, but she was replaced after three days' shooting by Virginia Grey. See more »

Goofs

After the bull sends the barrel (with Lou inside) flying into the center of the bullring and it crashes, you can momentarily see the wires attached to the barrel. See more »

Quotes

Joe Bascom: Couldn't Jones make it?
Harry Lambert: Oh, sure, but he'd still be a smith.
Joe Bascom: How can a Jones be a Smith?
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Alternate Versions

Released on 8mm film as "No Bulls, Please" by Castle Films. See more »

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Cielito Lindo
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Written by Quirino Mendoza
Played by the mariachi band led by Chris-Pin Martin
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Some funny moments, but still a weak A&C vehicle
9 February 2001 | by jimtinderSee all my reviews

Fresh from the hit "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein," the comedy duo set out on "Mexican Hayride." Costello plays Joe Bascom, who is on the trail of Harry Lambert (Bud Abbott). Lambert coerced Bascom into swindling friends in Iowa, and Bascom has followed him into Mexico to force him to pay up. Through a series of misunderstandings, Bascom becomes "Amigo Americano" and is honored and feted. Lambert sees this as an opportunity for further land swindles in Mexico, and again tries to use Bascom as an unwitting pawn.

If this description sounds like an unusual plot for an Abbott and Costello film, you would be right. The story is based upon a Broadway show. A&C stalwart screenwriter John Grant does his best to interject A&C humor and routines into the existing Broadway storyline. Two of his best examples are the scene where Abbott rips off Costello's clothes in an effort to hide his initials, which are sewed on every piece of clothing; and the scene with Fritz Feld as an diction specialist.

"Mexican Hayride" is considered one of the weakest films in the A&C series, and I agree. The main problem lies in trying to interject A&C into a Broadway storyline built for other actors. A&C give it their best as usual, but the storyline simply isn't for them. One expects Abbott to take advantage of Costello here and there; it was seen in many of their best comedies. But for Abbott to swindle many people besides Costello simply isn't funny. There are also many gaps in the humor that result in dull moments. I really tried to like "Mexican Hayride," but the storyline simply didn't fit A&C snugly, and the humor is not consistent enough to generate many laughs. 3 out of 10.


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