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The Gay Desperado

1936 1h 26m Musical Comedy List
Reviews 69% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Mexican gangster Pablo Braganza (Leo Carillo) plays by his own rules. When a movie theater owner stops an altercation by having famous singer Chivo (Nino Martini) entertain, Pablo kidnaps Chivo and takes over a radio station on his behalf. Later, inspired by the American gangster movies he loves, Pablo abducts two more innocents and set out to find American gangster Butch (Stanley Fields). His hope is that the American bad guy will teach him how to be more like screen mobster George Raft. Read More Read Less

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Otis Ferguson The New Republic While some of the show is fetching, the ideas mostly miss fire and the spell, as a whole and as upon audiences, is fitful and unsure. May 7, 2024 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine Hats off to Mary Pickford and Jesse Lasky for producing a picture about an opera star with a new and funny plot. Oct 2, 2019 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion A skewed comic mural Feb 7, 2010 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews ... the joyride spread more silliness than joy my way. Rated: C+ Sep 14, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Rather lame and probably somewhat offensive to members of the Latino community for its stereotypical depictions of Mexican "banditos" and lazy peasants. A bandit (Leo Carillo) who is obsessed with 1930s gangster movies emulates his heroes by kidnapping an opera singer (Nino Martini) and an heiress (Ida Lupino). Supposed to be a comedy-musical but you couldn't prove it by me (Martini does have a really good voice), One clever bit of business though...at one point in the film, several "real" gangsters show up. Each one is a lookalike of a famous movie gangster: James Cagney from "Public Enemy", Paul Muni from "Scarface", Edward G. Robinson from "LIttle Caesar" and George Raft from ....well, pretty much everything. Other than that...can't really recommend it. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member As far as Gay movies go, not enough mano mano action and certainly not enough pazzaz... i rented this and fully expected a damn good chugg but to no avail..Ida Lupino, I'm not impressed. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member awesome movie the gay parts were the best. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member It had everything I expected - a Gay Desperado. A very pleasing film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Although I'm so tired of films about gay Mexican bandits in Chicago, this was worth it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member my dream is to meet desperado Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Mexican gangster Pablo Braganza (Leo Carillo) plays by his own rules. When a movie theater owner stops an altercation by having famous singer Chivo (Nino Martini) entertain, Pablo kidnaps Chivo and takes over a radio station on his behalf. Later, inspired by the American gangster movies he loves, Pablo abducts two more innocents and set out to find American gangster Butch (Stanley Fields). His hope is that the American bad guy will teach him how to be more like screen mobster George Raft.
Director
Rouben Mamoulian
Genre
Musical, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Mar 20, 2001
Runtime
1h 26m