Mexican Spitfire (1940)

67 mins | Comedy | 12 January 1940

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HISTORY

This picture, inspired by the success of RKO's The Girl from Mexico , was the first in the Mexican Spitfire series. Including The Girl from Mexico , Lupe Velez starred as "Carmelita" and Leon Errol as "Uncle Matt" in eight Mexican Spitfire films for RKO, from 1939-1943. In addition to his role as "Uncle Matt", Errol also impersonated a member of British nobility in these films. The last film in the series was 1943 film Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event . For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index. A HR production chart lists Ward Bond in the cast, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add Lester Dorr to the ... More Less

This picture, inspired by the success of RKO's The Girl from Mexico , was the first in the Mexican Spitfire series. Including The Girl from Mexico , Lupe Velez starred as "Carmelita" and Leon Errol as "Uncle Matt" in eight Mexican Spitfire films for RKO, from 1939-1943. In addition to his role as "Uncle Matt", Errol also impersonated a member of British nobility in these films. The last film in the series was 1943 film Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event . For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index. A HR production chart lists Ward Bond in the cast, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources add Lester Dorr to the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 Dec 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Dec 39
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Dec 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
12 Dec 39
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Dec 39
p. 25.
New York Times
10 Jan 40
p. 16.
Variety
13 Dec 39
p. 11.
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 January 1940
Production Date:
began late September 1939
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 January 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9358
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5781
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Dennis Lindsay returns home from Mexico with his new bride Carmelita, his marriage is met with consternation by his aunt Della and his former sweetheart, Elizabeth Price. Consequently, Aunt Della, who would have preferred Elizabeth and her Plymouth Rock ancestry for a niece, schemes with Elizabeth to break up Dennis's marriage. Dennis has cut short his honeymoon to consumate an important contract with Lord Epping, and when Dennis invites his client to dinner, Elizabeth insists that she would be a better hostess than Carmelita, who Epping thinks is Dennis's secretary. Consequently, she pretends to be Dennis's wife at dinner. To thwart Elizabeth, Carmelita persuades Della's husband Matt to impersonate Lord Basil Epping. Complications arise when the real Epping arrives for dinner, and in the confusion, he is insulted and leaves without signing the contract. Carmelita, feeling responsible for the disaster, decides to leave Dennis and is joined by Uncle Matt, who thinks that he is wanted by the police for false impersonation. The pair seek refuge in Mexico, where they both file for divorce. Matt, still thinking that he is being pursued by the police, dons his Lord Epping disguise and meets Chumley, Epping's associate. Chumley, believing that Matt is Epping, tells him that he must sign the contract. The phony Epping agrees and tells Chumley to turn the signed contract over to Uncle Matt for delivery. Thus, Uncle Matt and Carmelita return to New York with contract in hand. They arrive on the eve of Dennis' marriage to Elizabeth, and Dennis, meeting Carmelita again, realizes that he still loves her. A telegram from the Mexican police notifies ... +


When Dennis Lindsay returns home from Mexico with his new bride Carmelita, his marriage is met with consternation by his aunt Della and his former sweetheart, Elizabeth Price. Consequently, Aunt Della, who would have preferred Elizabeth and her Plymouth Rock ancestry for a niece, schemes with Elizabeth to break up Dennis's marriage. Dennis has cut short his honeymoon to consumate an important contract with Lord Epping, and when Dennis invites his client to dinner, Elizabeth insists that she would be a better hostess than Carmelita, who Epping thinks is Dennis's secretary. Consequently, she pretends to be Dennis's wife at dinner. To thwart Elizabeth, Carmelita persuades Della's husband Matt to impersonate Lord Basil Epping. Complications arise when the real Epping arrives for dinner, and in the confusion, he is insulted and leaves without signing the contract. Carmelita, feeling responsible for the disaster, decides to leave Dennis and is joined by Uncle Matt, who thinks that he is wanted by the police for false impersonation. The pair seek refuge in Mexico, where they both file for divorce. Matt, still thinking that he is being pursued by the police, dons his Lord Epping disguise and meets Chumley, Epping's associate. Chumley, believing that Matt is Epping, tells him that he must sign the contract. The phony Epping agrees and tells Chumley to turn the signed contract over to Uncle Matt for delivery. Thus, Uncle Matt and Carmelita return to New York with contract in hand. They arrive on the eve of Dennis' marriage to Elizabeth, and Dennis, meeting Carmelita again, realizes that he still loves her. A telegram from the Mexican police notifies Carmelita that her divorce is invalid, and the next day at Elizabeth's wedding, Carmelita announces that she and Dennis are still married. Carmelita's announcement starts a food fight between the man-stealing Elizabeth and Carmelita. +

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