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The young Mexican Pepe's beloved horse is sold to Hollywood star Ted Holt, leading to Pepe's journey to Hollywood to get the horse back, and Pepe's encounter with half the stars working in Hollywood at the time.

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George Sidney

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screenplay), Leslie Bush-Fekete (play) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cantinflas ... Pepe
Dan Dailey ... Ted Holt
Shirley Jones ... Suzie Murphy
Carlos Montalbán Carlos Montalbán ... Rodriguez
Vicki Trickett ... Lupita
Matt Mattox Matt Mattox ... Dancer
Hank Henry Hank Henry ... Sands Manager
Suzanne Lloyd ... Carmen
Carlos Rivas ... Carlos
Maurice Chevalier ... Maurice Chevalier
Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby
Michael Callan ... Dancer
Richard Conte ... Richard Conte
Bobby Darin ... Bobby Darin
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Sammy Davis Jr.
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Storyline

In Mexico, Pepe is the good-natured ranch foreman of Sr. Rodriguez. Pepe's pride and joy is Don Juan, a magnificent white stud stallion that he raised from a colt for Sr. Rodriguez and that he refers to as his "son". As Sr. Rodriguez has decided to sell Don Juan at auction, Pepe enacts a plan to dissuade any interested buyers so that he can buy Don Juan himself. The plan doesn't work, as Don Juan is sold to washed-up Hollywood movie director Ted Holt - his current Hollywood status due to alcohol over-consumption - who wants to use Don Juan for his comeback project to be shot in Mexico with an all-Mexican cast except for an American female lead. Pepe decides to head to Hollywood and earn lots of money so that he can buy Pepe and bring him back to Mexico. In Hollywood, Pepe gets into one misadventure after another with a cavalcade of Hollywood movie stars, those misadventures based largely on Pepe's limited grasp of the English language, he often taking what is said to him in their ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1962 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Pepe - Was kann die Welt schon kosten See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,600,000
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene with the armored card racing across the tarmac with a police escort delivering the $250,000 silver dollars in coin to the airplane was an armored car from Nevada Armored Transport, the first and only local armored car service in Las Vegas for nearly 30 years. In the scene it is disguised as belonging to the Sands Hotel & Casino. Opening in 1946 on Fremont Street, the company was around until 1984 when it was finally absorbed into Loomis armored car service through their acquisition of Purolator Armored which had purchased and operated in tandem with Nevada Armored Transport from 1976. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although several sources list the film's running time as either 190 or 195 minutes, according to studio records it is exactly three hours. The intermission might have attributed to the extra 10-15 minutes. Later cut to 157 minutes after initial screenings. See more »

Connections

Referenced in This Is Your Life: Shirley Jones (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Pennies from Heaven
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Johnston and lyrics by Johnny Burke
Performed by Bing Crosby
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Cantinflas Has The Last Laugh
24 May 2006 | by aguilaranchSee all my reviews

It was Easter Sunday 1960 that I saw this movie with my parents. What a treat! My grandmother use to take me to see his hilarious movies here in S. Texas. He was the "Charlie Chaplin" of Mexico, comedic, as well as a dramatic actor loved by everyone. It may not have been the commercial success as Around The World In Eighty Days, but entertaining none the less. He may have been given the stereo typical poor hapless Mexican, yet I guess he had the last laugh! When was the last time a movie was centered around a poor Mexican with the most noted stars of the era? I counted at least 37! I still remember the cheery song "Pepe". When I hear "Tequila" today I still think of the dance he did with Debbie Reynolds and that big bottle they popped out of. I wish they'd release it on DVD, I'd be the first in line to buy it!!!


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