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Out on the Big Ranch (1936)

Allá en el Rancho Grande (original title)
The owner and the general manager of a ranch (Rancho Grande), two good friends, fall in love with the same girl at the same time. The owner tries to 'buy' the girl without knowing she is in... See full summary »


Antonio Guzmán Aguilera (story and screenplay) (as Guz Aguila), Luz Guzmán de Arellano (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tito Guízar ... José Francisco Ruelas
René Cardona ... Felipe
Esther Fernández ... Cruz (Crucita)
Lorenzo Barcelata Lorenzo Barcelata ... Martín
Emma Roldán ... Ángela
Carlos López Carlos López ... Florentino (as Carlos López 'Chaflán')
Margarita Cortés Margarita Cortés ... Eulalia
Dolores Camarillo ... Marcelina
Manuel Noriega Manuel Noriega ... Don Rosendo (as Manolo Noriega)
Hernán Vera Hernán Vera ... Don Venancio
Alfonso Sánchez Tello Alfonso Sánchez Tello ... Nabor Peña
Armando Alemán Armando Alemán ... José Francisco (child)
Gaspar Núñez Gaspar Núñez ... Felipe (child)
Lucha María Ávila Lucha María Ávila ... Cruz (child) (as Lucha Avila)
Emilio Fernández ... Dancer


The owner and the general manager of a ranch (Rancho Grande), two good friends, fall in love with the same girl at the same time. The owner tries to 'buy' the girl without knowing she is in love with the manager Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Release Date:

6 October 1936 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Out on the Big Ranch See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Esmeralda Comes by Night (1997) See more »


Written by Lorenzo Barcelata
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An Iconic Film
24 June 2015 | by chrisconway-16046See all my reviews

Known in Spanish as "Allá en el Rancho Grande," this is an iconic Mexican film that launched the genre of Ranchera movies, which were wildly popular through the 1940's. These movies idealized rural life, and presented melodramatic tales about young lovers. Typically, the male protagonists are charros (fancy dress Mexican cowboys) who sing songs and fight hard, in the name of their masculine honor.

IMDb classifies this movie as a comedy, which it is not. The confusion probably springs from the fact that Allá en el Rancho Grande is usually classified by Mexican and U.S. Academics as a 'Comedia Ranchera.' Technically, the humor here is secondary to the songs and the melodrama, so perhaps it would be more accurate to refer to this movie as a melodrama in the Ranchero genre. Debates aside, don't expect the movie to be a comedy, although it has humor in it.

This original version, directed by Fernando Fuentes, who was arguably the greatest Mexican director of the 1930's (El Compadre Mendoza, El Prisionero 13, and Vámonos con Pancho Villa are masterpieces), is MUCH better than the 1949 remake starring Jorge Negrete. I say this with all due respect to the iconic stature of Negrete, a beloved Mexican star. The actors in this movie are younger, fresher, and more realistic. There's something shopworn about the later version-- everyone seems older than they should be, and less likable.

I love the embroidered Charro shirts worn by the actors in this movie.

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