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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Harry Lambert
... Joe Bascom
... Montana
... Dagmar
... David Winthrop
... Señor Martinez
... Professor Ganzmeyer
... Ed Mason
Pat Costello ... Tim Williams
... Gus Adamson
... Mariachi Leader (as Chris Pin Martin)
... Reporter (as Sidney Fields)
Flores Brothers Trio ... Trio
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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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Comedy | Romance

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December 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abbott und Costello im Lande der Kakteen  »

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$1,032,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 28 January 1944 and ran for 481 performances, closing 17 May 1945. The stars were June Havoc and Bobby Clark, and included Luba Malina, who is also in this movie. Because Bud Abbott and Lou Costello fans expressed annoyance about so many musical numbers in their films, none of Cole Porter's music was used in this picture. In a deleted scene, Virginia Grey and John Hubbard sing "I Love You." 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

AP reporter: [to Joe] Remember, in the future, when a reporter comes in and asks you for an interview - don't talk so much!
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Featured in The World of Abbott and Costello (1965) See more »

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Is It Yes, or Is It No?
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Scharf
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Played during the opening and end credits
Played by Flores Brothers Trio and sung by Luba Malina
Played as background music often
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So It's A Hayride
20 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

I don't know why people think so poorly of this film. Although it seems a little odd the way it begins in the middle of the story, it ticks along at a good rate; Pat Costello has an effective repartee with Lou, which is very interesting; Luba Malina, Fritz Feld, Sid Fields and Chris-Pin Martin are all funny. Costello is over the top, yet seems lovable and genuine in this movie. There are no gratuitous musical numbers to FF through, but there are a couple of comic musical numbers. It does not have the slow moments or the maudlin handling they had in "Little Giant" (which does have some good moments, by the way); Lou keeps things moving, and I can count 10 good skits off the top of my head--the one with Lou preparing tortillas has something close to a spectacular ending...if only the plot hadn't got in the way. Even the grand finale with a few rear-projections (and a "trained" bull) turns out pretty funny.

It's the logical extension of Abbott's character for him to be an all-around swindler, so that doesn't bother me; their teamwork is still top-rate, and I'm happy to see Costello get the better of Abbott once in a while. It's also relieving that in this context (and maybe an off-screen agreement?), Abbott refrains from slapping Costello, which would make his character unacceptable.

So spend a few bucks and watch it on DVD. Not a classic, but a good Sunday afternoon comedy with two comedians still at their peak of performance. And that's not bad.


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