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Pepe (1960)

Pepe (1960)






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Popular Mexican comedian Cantinflas (Mario Moreno) plays the title character in this star-studded, amusing comedy drama by George Sidney. Pepe is the same sort of impoverished stereotype Cantinflas made famous in several of his comedies; in this case he is a hired hand on a ranch who chases down a horse for his employer. A boozing Hollywood director buys a white stallion belonging to Pepe's boss and the determined ranch hand decides to take off for Hollywood to get the horse back. Once in this new and strange environment -- where a lot of cameos by the likes of Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bing Crosby, Maurice Chevalier, and many others enliven the action -- Pepe becomes a friend to the alcoholic director. Unfortunately, what is missing here is "Cantinfletico." That is the nickname for the rambling non-sequitur characteristic of Cantinflas that no one else could master. The film was originally released at 195 minutes, then edited down to 157.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Claude Binyon, Dorothy Kingsley
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures


Dan Dailey
as Ted Holt
Shirley Jones
as Suzie Murphy
Hank Henry
as Manager
Bobby Darin
as Himself
Bing Crosby
as Himself
Joey Bishop
as Himself
Judy Garland
as Herself
Jack Lemmon
as Himself
Jay North
as Himself
Andre Previn
as Himself
Cesar Romero
as Himself
Billie Burke
as Herself
Stephen Bekassy
as Jewelry Salesman
Ernie Kovacs
as Immigration Inspecto...
William Demarest
as Studio Gateman
Carol Douglas
as Waitress
Joe Hyams
as Charro
Carlos Rivas
as Himself
Tony Curtis
as Himself
Hedda Hopper
as Herself
Dean Martin
as Himself
Kim Novak
as Herself
Ann B. Davis
as Herself
Bunny Waters
as Herself
Shirley DeBurgh
as Senorita Dancer
Steve Baylor
as Parking Lot Attendan...
John Burnside
as Parking Lot Attendan...
James Bacon
as Bartender
Jeanne Manet
as French Woman
Robert B. Williams
as Immigration Officer
Lela Bliss
as Dowager
David Landfield
as Announcer
Sue Lloyd
as Carmen
Ray Walker
as Assistant Director
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All Critics (1)

Despite the cameos of over 30 movie stars and big budget, George Sidney's gimmicky comedy, starring Mexican actor Cantinflas who goes to Hollywood to take care of his horse, is one of Hollywood's biggest flops of the 1960s.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010

Audience Reviews for Pepe


I am a one horse man.

Pepe resides in Mexico when his favorite horse, who he views as a son, is sold to a Hollywood movie producer. He embarks on a journey to rescue his horse. He encounters several Hollywood stars at various locations and adventures ensue.

"All they like today are legs and bosoms."

George Sidney, director of Anchors Away, Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, Annie Get Your Gun, Jupiter's Darling, Key to the City, and The Harvey Girls, delivers Pepe. The storyline for this picture is a Bollywood comedy that I found fun and entertaining. The cast is impressive and includes Cantinflas, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Richard Conte, Sammy Davis Jr, Judy Garland, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak, Cesar Romero, Debbie Reynolds, Charles Coburn, and Tony Curtis, among many others.

"A father's place is with his son."

I saw this all star cast and had to grab this off Netflix. The storyline for this picture is ridiculous in a Forest Gump kind of way. I found this picture worth a viewing for fans of the classics. I got a few good chuckles and loved seeing our classic stars of yester years in a fun hearted picture. I recommend seeing this at least once.

"Luck is only opportunity spelled backwards."

Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins

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