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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 »


Robert Wise


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




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


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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TROPIC NIGHT... Steeped In Terror!


Crime | Mystery



Did You Know?


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 »


After shooting at the intruders at Glenn Ames' house, Carlos tucks the pistol into the left side of his belt. When the policeman relieves him of it, he takes it from the right side. See more »


Steve Hastings: Thank you very much. You speak very good English. And you're very beautiful.
Girl: Thank you, Signor. You're very pretty too.
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A movie that gets better as it goes.
17 May 2020 | by Strider-100See all my reviews

MYSTERY IN MEXICO is a unique film from 1948. The unique points are as follows: 1. It was shot in Mexico with great locations. 2. An earlier directing effort from two time Academy Award winning director Robert Wise. 3.I liked how the Mexican Police were portrayed as helpful and saving the day instead of always the usual stigma of being corrupt. The movie begins with an Insurance Investigator given the assignment of finding a missing investigator in Mexico who may or may not have stolen a valuable necklace. On a collision course, the missing investigators sister played by Jacqueline White is followed by Steve Hastings the insurance investigator played by William Lundigan. They team up to find the brother and necklace and they have many adventures and encounters leading up to the climax of the film. This film would be perfect for a remake because so few have seen this original film. It could be improved by taking out the obnoxious behavior of the Steve Hastings character at the beginning of the movie. His banter at Jacqueline White on the plane headed for Mexico made me want to have him maced or tazed. He calms down into a normal person after that and gives a good performance.

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English | Spanish

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21 August 1948 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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