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Machine Gun Mama (1944)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 18 August 1944 (USA)
Ollie and John are stuck with car trouble. Luckily they have Bunny the elephant. They try to sell him to a fair in financial trouble.


Harold Young (as Harold M. Young)


Sam Neuman (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Armida ... Nita Cordoba
El Brendel ... Ollie Swenson
Wallace Ford ... John O'Reilly
Jack La Rue ... Jose
Luis Alberni ... Ignacio
Ariel Heath ... The Blonde
Julian Rivero ... Alberto Cordoba
Eumenio Blanco ... First Detective
Anthony Warde ... Carlos


Ollie and John are a long way from their home in Brooklyn when their truck breaks down. When they run into a fair, they decide to sell their only valuable possession. It's an elephant with the name Bunny, and Ollie has grown really attached to him. At the fair the 'ferocious' Nita Cordoba works and John falls in love with her, the feeling is mutual. Most employees of the fair are willing to buy Bunny, as the fair is in great commercial trouble and an elephant might just be the injection so barely needed. Owner Jose, however, has different ideas. He'd rather see the fair go down as that will be more benificial to him. Written by Arnoud Tiele (zelva@tiele.nl)

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mexican Fiesta See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: Ladies and Gentlemen, any similarity between this tale and a sensible thought is purely co-incidental-- or should we say accidental. It could never happen in a million years to anybody else but it did to our heroes, who came from a strange and far away place-- Brooklyn. Looking not at the beauty that is Mexico with its snow tipped Sierras, nor the lush verdant tropics, its gaiety, its color, its love, they have been drawn across the length and breadth of this exotic country with its strains of soft guitars -- by one desire -- to deliver an... Elephant! See more »


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Written by Sam Neuman and Michael Breen
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I'll be honest...I couldn't even finish this one!
29 December 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Machine Gun Mama—I must admit that I couldn't finish this one… This is a really low- budget and very annoying 'comedy'. Think about the premise—two idiots from Brooklyn are roaming about Mexico with an elephant that they found! Uggh. And, to make it worse, the film is anchored by Wallace Ford—an okay supporting actor but a guy without enough talent or screen presence to keep the film afloat. The worst part of all this is that the film really came off as very forced and not the least bit funny—a pretty severe problem with a comedy. And, when the trio came upon an insane Mexican lady who loves to fire machine guns wildly, I started to regret having tried this film. With a bad script, bad acting and a dumb premise, I actually found it impossible to keep watching this one—and I almost always watch even the worst film until the very end. What a dumb movie.

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