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Once Upon a Scoundrel (1973)

Comic genius shines through in Zero Mostel's brilliant and hilarious portrayal of Senor Carlos de Refugio, a wealthy landowner known for his roguish and selfish acts. Refugio's desire for ... See full summary »

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George Schaefer

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Alford Van Ronkel (as Rip Van Ronkel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zero Mostel ... Carlos del Refugio
Katy Jurado ... Aunt Delfina
A Martinez ... Luis Manuel
Pancho Córdova Pancho Córdova ... (as Pancho Cordova)
Xavier Marc ... Felipe
Tamara Garina Tamara Garina ... Margarita
Abraham Stavans Abraham Stavans ... Santos
José Chávez José Chávez ... Pancho (as Jose Chavez Trowe)
Chano Urueta Chano Urueta
Carlos Nieto Carlos Nieto
Gastón Melo Gastón Melo ... (as Gaston Melo)
Hilda Moreno Hilda Moreno
Carlos Romano Carlos Romano
Aurora Clavel
Alicia del Lago Alicia del Lago ... (as Alicia De Lago)
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Comic genius shines through in Zero Mostel's brilliant and hilarious portrayal of Senor Carlos de Refugio, a wealthy landowner known for his roguish and selfish acts. Refugio's desire for the beautiful, young Alicia (Priscilla Garcia) so overwhelms him that he wrongfully accuses her fiancé, Luis (A. Martinez), of stealing on of his prize ducks. Refugio refuses to forgive Luis until Alicia promises to marry him. Ignored by everyone in town, Refugio becomes convinced he is doomed to travel the earth as a wandering soul without home or friends. With sudden insight, Senor Refugio pardons Luis and makes amends for all the trouble he's caused. Luis and Alicia are married in a resplendent wedding ceremony which ends with a startling and inspirational revelation. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy

Certificate:

G
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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 August 1974 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Historia de un canalla See more »

Filming Locations:

Atotonilco, Jalisco, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Carlos del Refugio: [reading aloud] To Luis Manuel and to whom it may concern. Dear friend Luis, this letter tells you that I forgive you for stealing my best duck. Go your way and be happy with the blessing of your dear friend, Carlos del Refugio. Oh, P.S. I am writing this letter the day before I died.
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20 April 2001 | by alsarcadeSee all my reviews

Zero Mostel plays a cruel Mexican landowner who is hated by the entire town for a variety of reasons. The town plots against him to free a young man from prison.

Zero is the centerpiece of this mostly unknown comedy and he spends the film behind a big fake mustache, but he still has his trademark stare to carry his comedic gestures. Not the best film of his career but fun if you're a Zero fan.


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