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The Torch (1950)

A revolutionary and his band take over a small Mexican town. The townspeople begin to take sides over whether to fight him, join forces with him or just try to get along with him.

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Emilio Fernández

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Emilio Fernández (original screenplay), Íñigo de Martino (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Paulette Goddard ... María Dolores Penafiel
Pedro Armendáriz ... José Juan Reyes
Gilbert Roland ... Father Sierra
Walter Reed ... Dr. Robert Stanley
Julio Villarreal ... Don Carlos Penafiel
Carlos Múzquiz Carlos Múzquiz ... Fidel Bernal (as Carlos Musquiz)
Margarito Luna Margarito Luna ... Capt. Bocanegra
José Torvay ... Capt. Quiñones (as José I. Torvay)
Pascual García Peña Pascual García Peña ... Don Apolinio
Antonia Kaneem Antonia Kaneem ... Adeli
Jorge Treviño Jorge Treviño
Rosaura Revueltas
Eduardo Arozamena Eduardo Arozamena
Guillermo Calles Guillermo Calles
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A ruthless, comical, fun-loving, romantic rebel general, General Jose Juan Reyes, preparing to make a stand against the Mexican-government army takes over a small Mexican town and imprisons the town leaders, including the father of fiery Maria Dolores Penafiel, who is among those citizens who take a stand against Reyes. Maria protests by slapping the face of Reyes, (the first of many times) and he is so enthralled by her spirit that he immediately declares she must become his wife. In response, she shows some more spirit, she sets off a firecracker under his horse. Reyes begins to soften and, with the aid of Father Sierra and Maria, who is about to marry her local suitor, he helps the town fight an influenza epidemic. He decides to retreat than stage a battle in the town against the advancing government troops. Maria is so stirred by the bugles of the retreating rebels, that she leaves her marriage ceremony and marches with Reyes and his ragged army across the desert into the sunset. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BY GUN...BY FLAME...BY FORCE...He took everything he wanted!


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rebellen der schwarzen Berge See more »

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Production Co:

Bert Granet Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remake of Enamorada (1946) See more »

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Yawn!!!
27 November 2006 | by dathalerSee all my reviews

Someone gave a DVD of this film to a coworker as a "gag" gift, and that coworker took her revenge on the rest of us by showing it on a tour bus en route from a day of wine tasting.

Perhaps it was a day of wine tasting that contributed to the group's response, but nearly everyone fell asleep during this film. Although I did watch a bit at the beginning before falling asleep myself, I did notice that the film was rife with stereotypes (politically incorrect by today's standards, but probably not for 1950) and overacting (Goddard wants to be Norma Desmond--bulging eyes and intense stares-- but the part was already taken).

Someone joked that this wasn't a "B" movie, but a "B-minus" movie. Like most of my coworkers, I give it an "F."


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