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The Kid from Spain (1932)

An innocent man accused of robbing banks masquerades as a bullfighter to escape the police.

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

William Anthony McGuire (written for the screen by) (as William Anthony McQuire), Bert Kalmar (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Cantor ... Eddie Williams
Lyda Roberti ... Rosalie
Robert Young ... Ricardo
Ruth Hall ... Anita Gomez
John Miljan ... Pancho
Noah Beery ... Alonzo Gomez
J. Carrol Naish ... Pedro
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Detective Crawford (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Stanley Fields ... Jose
Paul Porcasi ... Gonzales (as Paul Porcassi)
Sidney Franklin Sidney Franklin ... Sidney Franklin - American Matador
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Storyline

Eddie and his Mexican friend Ricardo are expelled from college after Ricardo put Eddie in the girl's dormitory when he was drunk. Per chance Eddie gets mixed up in a bank robbery and is forced to drive the robbers to safety. To get rid of him they force him to leave the USA for Mexico, but a cop is following him. Eddie meets Ricardo there, Ricardo helps him avoid being arrested by the cop when he introduces Eddie as the great Spanish bullfighter Don Sebastian II. The problem is, the cop is still curious and has tickets for the bullfight. Eddie's situation becomes more critical, when he tries to help Ricardo to win the girl he loves, but she's engaged to a "real" Mexican, who is, unknown to her father, involved in illegal business. While trying to avoid all this trouble, Eddie himself falls in love with his friend's girl friend's sister Rosalie, who also want to see the great Don Sebastian II to kill the bull in the arena. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

That's a bull-fighter! That's Eddie! Way down in Mexico among the silky senoritas...with a murderous man-cow charging him and making him pay and pay! (Print Ad- Gazette and Bulletin, ((Williamsport, Penna.)) 28 January 1933)


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Torero a la fuerza See more »

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Runtime:

(premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Jane Wyman. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Williams aka Don Sebastian II: [after Rosalie drops the key down her dress] ...the key to the whole situation somewhere between Tijuana and the border!
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Alternate Versions

Some existing prints have the opening titles on a simple black background, and the whole swimming pool sequence of the opening number on the first reel is cut. See more »


Soundtracks

What a Perfect Combination
(1932) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar
Danced by two unidentified dancers with Eddie Cantor, all in blackface
Sung by Eddie Cantor
Danced by The Goldwyn Girls
Reprised by Eddie Cantor with chorus
Reprised again by Lyda Roberti and Eddie Cantor
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Great - Old Time Classic
27 December 2005 | by chalice1999See all my reviews

I loved Cantor in this film. In fact, it was my first Eddie Cantor film. His crazy eyes and fast quips kept my attention throughout! Although, this movie is really old and seems only one step above a silent film (judging by all their facial dramatics), it shines as a funny pre-groucho marx sarcastic fun fest. Poor innocent Eddie Cantor, knee-deep in trouble as usual escapes from a girl's dormitory, he is found hiding in and gets caught up with bank robbers. Running with his friend to cross the border to Mexico, Cantor tells the border's cops that he too, is Mexican. Cantor outwits the bad guys by pretending to be a bull-fighter. Trying to escape, he encounters many hilarious characters along the way and actually has to perform in a bull-fight - hilarity ensues. Cantor is always known for his quick thinking and fast talking, so some of his best lines are thrown around in this movie. Also, there are the 1932 Goldwyn Girls including Jane Wyman, a platinum blonde Paulette Goddard, Toby Wing and a sixteen year-old named Betty Grable (not credited). This film is a real must-see!


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