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Mexican Spitfire (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 12 January 1940 (USA)
Newlyweds Dennis and Carmelita have several obstacles to deal with in their new marriage: Carmelita's fiery Latin temper, a meddling aunt and a conniving ex-fiancee who's determined to ... See full summary »

Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Writers:

Joseph Fields (story and screenplay) (as Joseph A. Fields), Charles E. Roberts (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lupe Velez ... Carmelita Lindsay
Leon Errol ... Uncle Matt Lindsay / Lord Basil Epping
Donald Woods ... Dennis Lindsay
Linda Hayes ... Elizabeth Price
Elisabeth Risdon ... Aunt Della Lindsay
Cecil Kellaway ... Mr. Chumley
Charles Coleman ... Bosby
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Newlyweds Dennis and Carmelita have several obstacles to deal with in their new marriage: Carmelita's fiery Latin temper, a meddling aunt and a conniving ex-fiancee who's determined to break up their marriage. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Viva! viva! velez!

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dårfinkar ä' vi allihop See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

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During the food fight, one of the guests standing behind Carmelita starts to throw a cupcake, and accidentally hits a blonde standing next to him. In the next shot, a wide shot of the room, both are seen throwing food at other guests. But in the next shot the blonde reacts to the cupcake and takes revenge on the man. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Matt Lindsay: Maybe you're right. If you're through with him.
Carmelita Lindsay: I yam. Forever. We're all washed down.
Uncle Matt Lindsay: Washed up!
Carmelita Lindsay: Up or down, we're still washed!
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Followed by Mexican Spitfire at Sea (1942) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung at the Bachelor Party
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Second film in a funny series of "B" comedys.
30 November 2001 | by mark.waltzSee all my reviews

In "The Girl From Mexico", spitfire Carmelita (Lupe Velez) came into the life of Dennis Lindsey and his aunt and uncle Della and Matthew (Elisabeth Risdon and Leon Errol), causing the end of Dennis's romance with Elizabeth (Linda Hayes) after a series of hysterical incidents. In this, the second film, the newlyweds return home to interference from Aunt Della and Elizabeth, and it takes Uncle Matt to try and keep them together. Add Dennis's eccentric client, Lord Epping (also Errol), and you have what ultimately turns into what would be the key to the remainder of all the plots in the series.

It would take a variety of different incidents, but in every film of the series beginning with this one, Uncle Matt disguised himself as Lord Epping in order to help Carmelita out of one situation or another. Here, the incident happens because Aunt Della insists that Elizabeth pose as Dennis's wife in order to get Lord Epping to sign a business contract. In order to throw Elizabeth off balance with Dennis, Matt poses as Lord Epping at a dinner party. Of course, the real Lord Epping arrives, and a ton of hysterical confusion ensues.

While Errol was equally as funny just playing Uncle Matt in the first film, he now has the opportunity to put his rubber legs to the ultimate display.

Errol is hysterical, especially as Uncle Matt disguised as Lord Epping insulting Della. Velez defused her hot temper a bit to make Carmelita a bit more tolerable, but the Mexican Spitfire tag still remains. She is just more subtle this time. Donald Woods, a bland leading man (best remembered as Charles Darnay in "A Tale of Two Cities"), makes his second and final appearance as Dennis; He is only barely adequate, made to look dull in comparison to the antics of Carmelita and Uncle Matt/Lord Epping. Elisabeth Risdon, a leading lady of the silent era, by now was a blousy character actress who could play both kind and cruel matrons, and here gives Aunt Elizabeth a combination of the two. She means well, but is still one of those relatives that deserves a kick in the skirt. Yet, she handles some of the comedy sequences very well, sort of a wise-to-the cracks Margaret Dumont. Linda Hayes is set dressing, basically a beautiful block of ice with little to do but bat her lashes at Woods until the slapstick finale.

Equally as good as "The Girl From Mexico", "Mexican Spitfire" is a fine example of how writers could extend basically a two-reel idea into a feature. It works here, but would seem forced as the series continued into the war.


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