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Sombrero (1953)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 14 August 1953 (Australia)
Adapted from the book, "Mexican Village," by Josefina Niggli, the film tells three interwoven love stories against the background of a feud between two villages. Cyd Charisse and Rick Jason... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

Josefina Niggli (book), Josefina Niggli (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Montalban ... Pepe Gonzales
Pier Angeli ... Eufemia Calderon
Vittorio Gassman ... Alejandro Castillo
Yvonne De Carlo ... Maria of the River Road
Cyd Charisse ... Lola de Torrano
Rick Jason ... Ruben
Nina Foch ... Elena Cantu
Kurt Kasznar ... Father Zacaya
Walter Hampden ... Don Carlos Castillo
Thomas Gomez ... Don Homero Calderon
José Greco ... Gitanillo de Torrano
John Abbott ... Don Daniel
Andrés Soler Andrés Soler ... Little Doctor
Fanny Schiller ... Doña Fela
Luz Alba Luz Alba ... Rosaura
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Storyline

Adapted from the book, "Mexican Village," by Josefina Niggli, the film tells three interwoven love stories against the background of a feud between two villages. Cyd Charisse and Rick Jason are the lovers in a tender romance; Vittorio Gassman and Yvonne DeCarlo the lovers in a tragic romance; and Pier Angeli and Ricardo Montalban the lovers in a gay romance. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They sing! They dance! They Romance! It's wonderful! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1953 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Mexican Village See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico City, Mexico See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was a huge bomb for MGM. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits: We wish gratefully to acknowledge the friendly cooperation of the Mexican Government and the genuine hospitality of the Mexican people, without whose assistance the filming of this picture in their country would not have been possible. See more »

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Referenced in What Just Happened (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Mi viejo amor
(uncredited)
Music by Alfonso Esparza Oteo
Lyrics by Adolfo Fernández Bustamante
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Bizarre but entertaining tamale pie of a movie
21 May 2002 | by reelguy2See all my reviews

A bizarre but thoroughly entertaining tamale pie of a movie focusing on the lives of various peasants in a Mexican village. Typical of Hollywood films in the '50s, there are several anglo actors playing Mexicans, but at least Ricardo Montalban (playing Pepe Gonzales!) is the real thing. And he's got charm TO BURN! As difficult as it is to believe, Rick Jason is possibly more handsome than Montalban - and certainly taller at 6'4". In his autobiography, Jason mentions that Montalban became concerned during the filming when Jason seemed to be stealing the scenes in the rushes.

I don't recall seeing so many beautiful stars assembled for a single film: Pier Angeli, Yvonne De Carlo, Cyd Charisse, Vittorio Gassman. Wow! That's reason enough for tuning in, but there's other stuff to treasure as well, such as the flamenco dance by Jose Greco, which is as spectacularly good as the dance number with Cyd Charisse is spectacularly bad.


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