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Dime with a Halo (1963)

| Comedy | May 1963 (USA)
Five Mexican street urchins steal a dime from the church's collection box and bet it on a race-horse.


Boris Sagal


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Cast overview, first billed only:
BarBara Luna ... Juanita (as Barbara Luna)
Rafael López Rafael López ... Chuy Perez
Roger Mobley ... Jose
Paul Langton ... Mr. Jones
Robert Carricart ... Cashier
Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Rafael
Larry Domasin Larry Domasin ... Cesar
Tony Maxwell Tony Maxwell ... Domingo
Vito Scotti ... Doorman
Jay Adler ... Mr. Lewis
Theodore Newton ... Consul Glenson
Steven Geray ... Priest
Jenö Mate Jenö Mate ... Mr. Gonzales
Joan Connors Joan Connors ... Stripper
Tina Menard ... Mexican Woman


Five Mexican street urchins steal a dime from the church's collection box and bet it on a race-horse.

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Release Date:

May 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Moeda da Sorte See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One Weird Children's Film
18 July 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

For an independent film marketed for kids, Dime With A Halo had a lot of adult content. Even with the Code cracking at the seams, I'm not sure how this one got through.

New kid in town Roger Mobley makes friends with Rafael Perez and a gang of kids in Tijuana after his sister, Barbara Luna, and he move down from Los Angeles where the Child Welfare has threatened to take Roger away from Barbara.

Apparently everyone in Tijuana bets the races, kids included. But there are laws about the pari-mutual window cashing tickets and kids buying tickets for that matter. Rafael, Roger and three friends pool their resources and buy a $2.00 six race exacta and hit it. They win over $80,000.00 but their American friend Paul Langton doesn't show up to cash the ticket for them. Of course weeks go by and the kids get into all kinds of schemes.

What was one racy scene for 1963 was Barbara Luna finding out about it and trying to appeal to young Rafael's budding hormones to get a hold of the winning ticket. Even ten years later the scene would have been a whole lot different. With what was there, I'm not sure how this got marketed to kids.

Dime With a Halo was shot in a cheap black and white with limited production values. It's one weird film for the kiddie trade.

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