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Pepe (1960)

The young Mexican Pepe's beloved horse is sold to Hollywood star Ted Holt, leading to Pepe's journey to Hollywood to get the horse back, and Pepe's encounter with half the stars working in Hollywood at the time.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), Claude Binyon (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cantinflas ... Pepe
Dan Dailey ... Ted Holt
Shirley Jones ... Suzie Murphy
Carlos Montalbán Carlos Montalbán ... Rodriguez
Vicki Trickett ... Lupita
Matt Mattox Matt Mattox ... Dancer
Hank Henry ... Sands Manager
Suzanne Lloyd ... Carmen
Carlos Rivas ... Carlos
Maurice Chevalier ... Maurice Chevalier
Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby
Michael Callan ... Dancer
Richard Conte ... Richard Conte
Bobby Darin ... Bobby Darin
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Sammy Davis Jr.
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In Mexico, Pepe is the good-natured ranch foreman of Sr. Rodriguez. Pepe's pride and joy is Don Juan, a magnificent white stud stallion that he raised from a colt for Sr. Rodriguez and that he refers to as his "son". As Sr. Rodriguez has decided to sell Don Juan at auction, Pepe enacts a plan to dissuade any interested buyers so that he can buy Don Juan himself. The plan doesn't work, as Don Juan is sold to washed-up Hollywood movie director Ted Holt - his current Hollywood status due to alcohol over-consumption - who wants to use Don Juan for his comeback project to be shot in Mexico with an all-Mexican cast except for an American female lead. Pepe decides to head to Hollywood and earn lots of money so that he can buy Don Juan and bring him back to Mexico. In Hollywood, Pepe gets into one misadventure after another with a cavalcade of Hollywood movie stars, those misadventures based largely on Pepe's limited grasp of the English language, he often taking what is said to him in their ... Written by Huggo

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35 GREAT STARS in a Wonderful Story! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The complete three-hour-fifteen-minute print was released for television broadcast in the 1970s, most notably on Channel 29 (WTAF) in Philadelphia, which ran the film in a 3 hour and 30 minute time slot, and Channel 7 (WABC) in New York, which ran it in five successive one hour installments on its 10:00am Movie in the Morning time slot. See more »

Quotes

Suzie Murphy: [watching her boyfriend dance with another woman] Men make me sick. With no effort, I could hate them all.
Pepe: [sitting beside her ] You mean, you hate Pepe?
Suzie Murphy: You? Of course not. I never even think of you as a man.
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Alternate Versions

Although several sources list the film's running time as either 190 or 195 minutes, according to studio records it is exactly three hours. The intermission might have attributed to the extra 10-15 minutes. Later cut to 157 minutes after initial screenings. See more »

Connections

Referenced in This Is Your Life: Shirley Jones (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Pepe
Music by Hans Wittstatt
Lyrics by Dory Previn (as Dory Langdon)
Arranged by Johnny Green
Special Material and Routines by Roger Edens
Performed by Shirley Jones
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All-star hodgepodge
4 November 2002 | by shinquizSee all my reviews

It seems as if the 195-minute print of this all-star oddity has forever been pulled from circulation. However the remaining 157-minute version is quite long enough. This movie has always been made fun of, but as misguided as it is, it is still entertaining, if only because it is so crammed full of guest appearances.

Here's who you get: Greer Garson trying to buy a prize horse; Edward G. Robinson playing himself though he is seen here as a famous film producer; Ernie Kovacs as an immigration inspector; William Demarest as a studio gate keeper; Zsa Zsa Gabor reading a copy of "The Interns" to promote Columbia's upcoming film version; Bing Crosby signing Cantinflas's tortilla and joining him in a few lines of "South of the Border"; Jay North playing Dennis the Menace; Billie Burke hitting Charles Coburn with a slingshot; Jack Lemmon dressed as Daphne from "Some Like It Hot" in a bizarre sequence involving a parking lot; Andre Previn at the piano while Bobby Darin sings a terrific number called "That's How It Went, All Right"; Michael Callan, Shirley Jones, and Matt Mattox doing a sizzling dance called "The Rumble"; Judy Garland (heard but not seen) singing "The Faraway Part of Town" on the radio; Ann B. Davis playing her "Shultzy" character from "The Bob Cummings Show" but here assigned to working as Edward G. Robinson's secretary; Donna Reed making cutesy banter with Dan Dailey about her then-current TV series; a trip to the Sands Casino in Las Vegas where we see Peter Lawford and Richard Conte standing around in the lobby, Sammy Davis Jr. doing impressions to "Hooray for Hollywood", Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin gambling, Cesar Romero hanging out at the slot machines, a dejected Jimmy Durante losing at cards, and Joey Bishop saying "son of a gun"; Hedda Hopper boarding a plane; a ghastly sequence in which a miniature Debbie Reynolds drunkenly dancing with Cantinflas on Dan Dailey's desktop to "Tequila"; a delightful moment when Dailey and Cantinflas join Maurice Chevalier in dancing to "Mimi"; Janet Leigh being surprised in the bathtub the same year as her "Psycho" shower; Tony Curtis getting pushed into an indoor pool; and Kim Novak giving advice on buying a wedding ring.

Somehow I find this hodgepodge strangely irresistible.


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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1962 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Pepe See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,600,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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