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Mexican Spitfire

1939 1h 7m Comedy List
90% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 50% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings There's trouble in paradise for Dennis (Donald Woods) and his bride, Carmelita (Lupe Velez). Returning to New York City from their Mexican honeymoon, the newlyweds face hostility from Dennis's snobbish aunt, Della (Elisabeth Risdon), and his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth (Linda Hayes). Then there's Lord Epping (Leon Errol), a British aristocrat Dennis needs to please for a business contract, who just happens to look like Dennis' wacky Uncle Matt (also Errol) -- a likeness that results in mayhem. Read More Read Less

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Frank S. Nugent New York Times It is slapstick pure and edifyingly simple, well-paced and abundantly pastried, with Lupe Velez and Leon Errol tossing lines and custards with great abandon. Aug 26, 2020 Full Review Variety Staff Variety [Leon Errol] is provided with meaty material, and delivers it in great fashion. Aug 26, 2020 Full Review SMH Staff Sydney Morning Herald For those looking for uproarious entertainment, which at times sets the whole theatre rocking with laughter, R.K.O. Radio's "Mexican Spitfire" can be highly recommended. Aug 26, 2020 Full Review James T. Hamada The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) The climax is a riotous slapstick but Charlie Chase or the Three Stooges are better at this sort of monkey business. Aug 26, 2020 Full Review P.S. Harrison Harrison's Reports The story is silly, serving merely as a framework to put over the gags. But there are so many comical situations that one is kept laughing almost throughout. Aug 26, 2020 Full Review Herbert Cohn Brooklyn Daily Eagle Even when the air is free of flying dessert, there is enough light-hearted slapstick being staged by Leon Errol in a multitude of roles, and by Lupe Velez and Elizabeth Risdon. Aug 26, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The best comedy movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Pros: - Lupe Velez is a bundle of energy, and brings some diversity which has always been lacking in Hollywood. - Leon Errol's dual performance as the uncle and the British businessman, which includes the uncle dressing up as the businessman and small differences in how he played it, is well done. Also, his combative relationship with his wife (Elisabeth Risdon) is funny in just how far they go to get on each other's nerves. Cons: - It's a screwball comedy so one doesn't expect the plot to be airtight or anything, but the story gets so silly that at some point I found myself thinking, 'this is just stupid', and hoping for it to end. - Despite the attempts at zaniness, there isn't much that's original here, from the marriage the aunt wants to break up, to the impersonation (of course the real guy soon shows up), to the cake fight at the end (ok, it's not pie but...), etc - Donald Woods is as bland as a piece of cardboard. - As the second in a series of films, 8 total from 1939-1943(!), with the first actually being 'The Girl from Mexico', this one already has that retread / sequel feeling. I'll go back and watch the first, but not the next six. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member good series i just love lupe velez Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member i've only seen the first of this series (the girl from mexico). very enjoyable and funny Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis There's trouble in paradise for Dennis (Donald Woods) and his bride, Carmelita (Lupe Velez). Returning to New York City from their Mexican honeymoon, the newlyweds face hostility from Dennis's snobbish aunt, Della (Elisabeth Risdon), and his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth (Linda Hayes). Then there's Lord Epping (Leon Errol), a British aristocrat Dennis needs to please for a business contract, who just happens to look like Dennis' wacky Uncle Matt (also Errol) -- a likeness that results in mayhem.
Director
Leslie Goodwins
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 20, 2016
Runtime
1h 7m
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