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Mystery in Mexico (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery | 21 August 1948 (USA)
Insurance detective Steve Hastings is sent by his company to investigate the disappearance of a fellow agent. His first lead is the agent's fetching sister, Victoria, whom he trails to ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Lawrence Kimble (screen play), Muriel Roy Bolton (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Lundigan ... Steve Hastings
Jacqueline White ... Victoria Ames
Ricardo Cortez ... John Norcross
Tony Barrett ... Carlos
Jacqueline Dalya ... Dolores Fernandez
Walter Reed ... Glenn Ames
José Torvay ... Swigart
Jaime Jiménez Pons Jaime Jiménez Pons ... Pancho (as Jaime Jiménez)
Antonio R. Frausto Antonio R. Frausto ... Señor Gómez (as Antonio Frausto)
Dolores Camarillo ... Señora Gómez
Eduardo Casado Eduardo Casado ... Police Commandant Rodriguez
Thalia Draper Thalia Draper ... Florecita
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Storyline

Insurance detective Steve Hastings is sent by his company to investigate the disappearance of a fellow agent. His first lead is the agent's fetching sister, Victoria, whom he trails to Mexico City. After charming his way into her confidence, Steve helps Vicki unravel the mystery. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Taglines:

TROPIC NIGHT... Steeped In Terror!

Genres:

Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La collana insanguinata See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because the budgets of RKO "B" movies had risen from $140,000-$150,000 to the $175,000-$200,000 range, RKO boss Sid Rogell experimented with shooting a movie at Churubusco Studios in Mexico City because RKO had a half interest in it. However, he found that the modest savings from shooting there weren't worth the effort. See more »

Goofs

When Steve returns from Norcross's country house, Carlos is waiting for him outside the hotel in a spotless suit. When Carlos takes the boy into Victoria's room, a large stain appears on the suit's right lapel. It remains there until they go to the house in the country where Glenn is hiding. The stain disappears when Carlos goes to make a telephone call but reappears when he returns to the house. See more »

Quotes

Dolores Fernandez: I'm just going to change these
[looks down at her clothes]
Dolores Fernandez: and find a good corner to sulk in. Would you like to sulk with me?
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South side story
3 February 2012 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

William Lundigan complained about always being given and accepting lousy parts;it was not always true : "follow me quietly" by Richard Fleischer he made the following year is a really good thriller and he had a truly great director.

In "mystery in Mexico " he 's got Robert Wise !Wise retained flair for film noir ("the captive city" "odds against tomorrow" and "the set -up");it shows in the very first sequence and in the Mexican family's house in the final scenes;the rest of the movie ,unfortunately,fluctuates between comedy (Lundigan and the supporting cast do not seem to take the story seriously;Jacqueline White has different ways to give "short cuts" );and we don't care about the necklace (probably bought in a dime store).

All in all,this is pretty entertaining stuff if you do not ask too much and the actors have a certain spontaneity,particularly the lead himself.


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