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Sombrero (1953)

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 »

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Norman Foster

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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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M-G-M's Musical Adventure! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pier Angeli replaced Ava Gardner. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in What Just Happened (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Gypsy Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin and Leo Arnaud
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Hats off to the lovely ladies.
14 April 2006 | by copper1963See all my reviews

Somewhat of an oddity, really. Wake-up from your afternoon siesta and enjoy this movie. And not to be missed. Made in Mexico with guts, gusto and gringos. While South-of-the-Border, Hollywood worships at the altar of the magical and(sometimes) hokey movie musical. And wins. The picture may cause some viewers to fall into a world of confusion. Whirlpool effect: three bachelors fall in-and-out of love with four beautiful girls. The odd lady out in this game of musical chairs: Yvonne Decarlo. Why? Jeolousy. The other women feel threatened by the sexy creature("Maria") down by the river. Decarlo's character does provide an unusual story wrinkle: she informs her ailing suitor, who loves and wishes to marry her, that she will not marry him. Her noble gesture is a selfless act. But not practical. The film's photography of the Mexican countryside reveals streams of priceless visuals. A modern hospital pops up to great effect. Ricardo Montalban has top billing and delivers an amiable and confident performance. But the other two male leads more than hold their own against the studio's choice. One fellow has a strange prop, a tray of trinkets, which he hauls from the village to the city. In addition, he has an uncanny feel for the opposite sex. Cyd Charise falls under his influence. She sings and dances up a storm in a rainfall. Miss Decarlo's song, "You Belong to My Heart," was cut from the finished print and can only be seen at TCM's web site. A good movie to catch late at night. Trust me. Health!


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