The Girl from Mexico (1939)

64, 69 or 71 mins | Comedy | 2 June 1939

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HISTORY

According to an article in LAT , this picture marked Lupe Velez's return to the screen after an eighteen month absence. A news item in HR adds that actress Linda Hayes, a former San Francisco hat check girl, was discovered in the Lasky "Gateway to Hollywood" contest. Modern sources note that this film was the prototype for the "Mexican Spitfire" series, which starred Velez, although RKO had no plans for the series when the picture was made. For more information about the series, consult the series index and See Entry for Mexican Spitfire ... More Less

According to an article in LAT , this picture marked Lupe Velez's return to the screen after an eighteen month absence. A news item in HR adds that actress Linda Hayes, a former San Francisco hat check girl, was discovered in the Lasky "Gateway to Hollywood" contest. Modern sources note that this film was the prototype for the "Mexican Spitfire" series, which starred Velez, although RKO had no plans for the series when the picture was made. For more information about the series, consult the series index and See Entry for Mexican Spitfire . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 May 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 May 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Mar 39
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Mar 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Mar 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 39
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
2 Feb 1939.
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Motion Picture Daily
18 May 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
20 May 39
p. 48.
New York Times
8 Jun 39
p. 31.
Variety
24 May 39
p. 14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 June 1939
Production Date:
early March--28 March 1939
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 June 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8970
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64, 69 or 71
Length(in feet):
6,424
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5197
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Dennis Lindsey, an advertising executive, goes to Mexico to find a singer for one of his client's radio shows. There, he hears the hot-tempered Carmelita Fuentes sing, and after several incendiary confrontations with Dennis, Carmelita accedes to her family's wishes and signs a singing contract with him. After Dennis promises to look after her welfare in New York and invites her to stay with him, his aunt Della and uncle Matt, she decides to steal him from his fiancée, Elizabeth Price. Although she is told to stay home on the day before her audition, Carmelita persuades Uncle Matt to take her to a baseball game and a wrestling match, where she loses her voice cheering on wrestler Mexican Pete. At the audition, Carmelita croaks out her songs, causing the sponsor to cancel the show. To cover for Uncle Matt, Carmelita tells Dennis that she was out with an unnamed man, prompting Dennis to threaten to send her back to Mexico. An angry Carmelita blames Mexican Pete for her bad luck, and the wrestler offers her a job in his nightclub as compensation. That night, Dennis entertains a divorced client, Tony Romano, at the club, and Romano, impressed by Carmelita's performance, hires her to advertise his perfume. As the night progresses, Elizabeth becomes jealous of Dennis' concern for Carmelita, while Dennis becomes jealous of Romano's attention to Carmelita. After the performance, Uncle Matt and Carmelita stay out all night at the bike races, and Carmelita leads Dennis to believe that she was out with Romano. While at a photo session at Romano's house, Carmelita calls Dennis and tells him that she ... +


Dennis Lindsey, an advertising executive, goes to Mexico to find a singer for one of his client's radio shows. There, he hears the hot-tempered Carmelita Fuentes sing, and after several incendiary confrontations with Dennis, Carmelita accedes to her family's wishes and signs a singing contract with him. After Dennis promises to look after her welfare in New York and invites her to stay with him, his aunt Della and uncle Matt, she decides to steal him from his fiancée, Elizabeth Price. Although she is told to stay home on the day before her audition, Carmelita persuades Uncle Matt to take her to a baseball game and a wrestling match, where she loses her voice cheering on wrestler Mexican Pete. At the audition, Carmelita croaks out her songs, causing the sponsor to cancel the show. To cover for Uncle Matt, Carmelita tells Dennis that she was out with an unnamed man, prompting Dennis to threaten to send her back to Mexico. An angry Carmelita blames Mexican Pete for her bad luck, and the wrestler offers her a job in his nightclub as compensation. That night, Dennis entertains a divorced client, Tony Romano, at the club, and Romano, impressed by Carmelita's performance, hires her to advertise his perfume. As the night progresses, Elizabeth becomes jealous of Dennis' concern for Carmelita, while Dennis becomes jealous of Romano's attention to Carmelita. After the performance, Uncle Matt and Carmelita stay out all night at the bike races, and Carmelita leads Dennis to believe that she was out with Romano. While at a photo session at Romano's house, Carmelita calls Dennis and tells him that she is moving in with Romano. When Dennis decides to leave his wedding rehearsal to rescue Carmelita, Elizabeth breaks their engagement and Dennis rushes to Romano's house, scoops up Carmelita and carries her to the altar. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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