Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940)

75-76 mins | Comedy | 29 November 1940

Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Producer:

Cliff Reid

Cinematographer:

Jack MacKenzie

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Lord Epping Out West . Although the picture may not have been originally intended to be a part of the "Mexican Spitfire" series, it followed Mexican Spitfire (see above) in the series. Although HR production charts list actress Jane Patten in the cast, her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to a Nov 1940 HR news item, the favorable audience response to the picture prompted RKO to seek contracts with Lupe Velez and Leon Errol for future "Mexican Spitfire" films. For more information on the series, consult the catalog entry for Mexican Spitfire ... More Less

The working title for this film was Lord Epping Out West . Although the picture may not have been originally intended to be a part of the "Mexican Spitfire" series, it followed Mexican Spitfire (see above) in the series. Although HR production charts list actress Jane Patten in the cast, her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to a Nov 1940 HR news item, the favorable audience response to the picture prompted RKO to seek contracts with Lupe Velez and Leon Errol for future "Mexican Spitfire" films. For more information on the series, consult the catalog entry for Mexican Spitfire above. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Oct 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
9 Oct 40
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jul 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Oct 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Nov 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
7 Oct 40
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Oct 40
p. 49.
New York Times
30 Oct 40
p. 29.
Variety
30 Oct 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Lord Epping Out West
Release Date:
29 November 1940
Production Date:
mid July--13 August 1940
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
15 November 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10065
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75-76
Length(in feet):
6,840
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6535
SYNOPSIS

Dennis Lindsay, a busy advertising executive, will go to great lengths and do almost anything to secure a business agreement with English distiller Lord Basil Epping. As soon as Epping arrives in New York, Lindsay foils an attempt by Mr. Skinner, his chief competitor, to approach him, and then takes him to his home for safe keeping. There, he instructs his butler, Ponsby, to hide Epping's suitcase to prevent him from leaving. In order to devote all of his attention to Epping, Lindsay neglects his wife Carmelita, who soon becomes jealous over her husband's attentions to Elizabeth, the woman that his Aunt Della, wanted him to marry. Upset, Carmelita goes to Reno to get a divorce, and sends Lindsay a telegram hoping that he will follow her out there to stop her. Meanwhile, when Skinner learns that Epping is at the Lindsays', he tries to call him there. Uncle Matt answers the phone, however, and while impersonating Epping, he tells Skinner that he is a "nuisance" and that he does not wish to do business with him until he gets back from Reno. Hoping to find Epping in Reno, Skinner leaves for Nevada, while Uncle Matt goes there to save Lindsay's marriage. Back at the Lindsays', Epping manages to escape by getting drunk with a window cleaner and exchanging clothes with him, and then goes to Skinner's office, where he learns that Skinner has left for Reno. In Reno, when Uncle Matt overhears Skinner and Brown talking about Epping, he successfully impersonates the English distiller once again, thereby preventing Skinner from doing business with the real Epping. When Lindsay discovers ... +


Dennis Lindsay, a busy advertising executive, will go to great lengths and do almost anything to secure a business agreement with English distiller Lord Basil Epping. As soon as Epping arrives in New York, Lindsay foils an attempt by Mr. Skinner, his chief competitor, to approach him, and then takes him to his home for safe keeping. There, he instructs his butler, Ponsby, to hide Epping's suitcase to prevent him from leaving. In order to devote all of his attention to Epping, Lindsay neglects his wife Carmelita, who soon becomes jealous over her husband's attentions to Elizabeth, the woman that his Aunt Della, wanted him to marry. Upset, Carmelita goes to Reno to get a divorce, and sends Lindsay a telegram hoping that he will follow her out there to stop her. Meanwhile, when Skinner learns that Epping is at the Lindsays', he tries to call him there. Uncle Matt answers the phone, however, and while impersonating Epping, he tells Skinner that he is a "nuisance" and that he does not wish to do business with him until he gets back from Reno. Hoping to find Epping in Reno, Skinner leaves for Nevada, while Uncle Matt goes there to save Lindsay's marriage. Back at the Lindsays', Epping manages to escape by getting drunk with a window cleaner and exchanging clothes with him, and then goes to Skinner's office, where he learns that Skinner has left for Reno. In Reno, when Uncle Matt overhears Skinner and Brown talking about Epping, he successfully impersonates the English distiller once again, thereby preventing Skinner from doing business with the real Epping. When Lindsay discovers that Epping has escaped, he and Aunt Della make haste for Reno. Shortly after, Lady Epping, the distiller's wife, who has come from England to join her husband, is told that he is in Reno, and she too heads for Nevada. There, she and all the others become entangled in a complicated web of mistaken identity. Chaos ensues until Lindsay's marriage is saved and Uncle Matt's identity is disclosed. +

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