Mexican Spitfire

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The excellent response to RKO Radio's The Girl from Mexico prompted the studio to fashion an entire series based on the misadventures of fiery Latin American entertainer Carmelita (Lupe Velez). The series proper began with 1939's Mexican Spitfire, in which the recent marriage between Carmelita and stuffy-but-likeable American businessman Dennis (Donald Woods) is threatened by the interference of Dennis' wealthy, snobbish Aunt Della (Elizabeth Risdon). Fortunately, Carmelita finds an ally in the form of Dennis' easygoing Uncle Matt (Leon Errol). The plot hinges on an important business deal between Dennis and the veddy British Lord Epping, top man of a major whiskey firm. Luck of luck, Lord Epping is an exact double for Uncle Matt, leading to a series of gut-busting complications. Somehow it seems logical that Mexican Spitfire should end with a Keystone-style pie fight.

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Lupe Velez
as Carmelita Lindsay
Leon Errol
as Uncle Matt Lindsay/Lord Basil Epping
Donald Woods
as Dennis Lindsay
Elizabeth Risdon
as Aunt Della Lindsay
Elisabeth Risdon
as Aunt Della Lindsay
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  • May 08, 2018
    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.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer

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