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My Man and I (1952)

Chu Chu Ramirez is an American of Mexican decent farm laborer in California, with lofty ideals, who is very proud of his new American citizenship. During his time off, he tries to befriend ... See full summary »

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William A. Wellman
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Complete credited cast:
Shelley Winters ... Nancy
Ricardo Montalban ... Chu Chu Ramirez
Wendell Corey ... Ansel Ames
Claire Trevor ... Mrs. Ansel Ames
Robert Burton ... Sheriff
José Torvay ... Manuel Ramirez (as Jose Torvay)
Jack Elam ... Celestino Garcia
Pascual García Peña Pascual García Peña ... Willie Chung (as Pascual Garcia Pena)
George Chandler ... Frankie
Juan Torena ... Vincente Aguilar
Carlos Conde Carlos Conde ... Joe Mendacio
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Chu Chu Ramirez is an American of Mexican decent farm laborer in California, with lofty ideals, who is very proud of his new American citizenship. During his time off, he tries to befriend the alcoholic bar girl Nancy. After working for a month for the subsistence farmer Mr. Ames and his frustrated wife, Chu Chu discovers that his paycheck bounces and Ames stalls in paying him. Just after a confrontation between Ames and Chu Chu, Ames is accidentally wounded by his own shotgun and he and his wife blame it on Chu Chu. Despite the support of his friends and sympathetic Sheriff, Chu Chu is given a year's sentence. Written by Will Gilbert

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Drama

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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 1953 (Sweden) See more »

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Shameless See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In a bar as Shelley Winter's character is drunkenly explaining her mess of a life to Chu Chu she angrily swipes her glass off the table she sits. You hear the glass tumble and break to the floor. Towards the end of her drunken slurred words with Chu Chu she lifts her head and pours the rest of her wine from the bottle into her glass that has mysteriously reappears and gulps. See more »

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The American dream
9 August 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Chu Chu Ramirez, the Mexican immigrant has reason to feel elated: he has just become an American citizen. Ramirez believes in the fairness of his new country, after all, he complies with the law, keeps away from trouble and believes he has a future in the country.

Alas, some of the dreams and aspirations of Chu Chu take a turn for the worse, when he goes to work for a farmer that promises ninety dollars to clear a field. Ansel Ames, the landowner, has no intentions of paying him anything at the end of the month. Chu Chu feels cheated, but since he firmly believes in the legal system, where he knows he will prevail. Chu Chu has a taste in the American justice and by the end, he is vindicated for the crime he didn't commit.

William Wellman's "My Man and I" has a dated look. Perhaps at the time when the film was released it showed more impact than what it has today. Ricardo Montalban and Shelley Winters have some good moments, as well as Claire Trevor and Wendel Corey. Jack Elam plays a minor part as a friend of Chu Chu.


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