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Mystery in Mexico (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery | 21 August 1948 (USA)
Insurance detective Steve Hastings is sent by his company to investigate the disappearance of a fellow agent. His first lead is the agent's fetching sister, Victoria, whom he trails to ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Lawrence Kimble (screen play), Muriel Roy Bolton (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Lundigan ... Steve Hastings
Jacqueline White ... Victoria Ames
Ricardo Cortez ... John Norcross
Tony Barrett ... Carlos
Jacqueline Dalya ... Dolores Fernandez
Walter Reed ... Glenn Ames
José Torvay ... Swigart
Jaime Jiménez Pons Jaime Jiménez Pons ... Pancho (as Jaime Jiménez)
Antonio R. Frausto Antonio R. Frausto ... Señor Gómez (as Antonio Frausto)
Dolores Camarillo ... Señora Gómez
Eduardo Casado Eduardo Casado ... Police Commandant Rodriguez
Thalia Draper Thalia Draper ... Florecita
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Storyline

Insurance detective Steve Hastings is sent by his company to investigate the disappearance of a fellow agent. His first lead is the agent's fetching sister, Victoria, whom he trails to Mexico City. After charming his way into her confidence, Steve helps Vicki unravel the mystery. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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TROPIC NIGHT... Steeped In Terror!

Genres:

Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La collana insanguinata See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because the budgets of RKO "B" movies had risen from $140,000-$150,000 to the $175,000-$200,000 range, RKO boss Sid Rogell experimented with shooting a movie at Churubusco Studios in Mexico City because RKO had a half interest in it. However, he found that the modest savings from shooting there weren't worth the effort. See more »

Goofs

After shooting at the intruders at Glenn Ames' house, Carlos tucks the pistol into the left side of his belt. When the policeman relieves him of it, he takes it from the right side. See more »

Quotes

Dolores Fernandez: I'm just going to change these
[looks down at her clothes]
Dolores Fernandez: and find a good corner to sulk in. Would you like to sulk with me?
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Not much of a mystery, but Robert Wise keeps programmer brisk
30 April 2002 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

There's not much of one -- a mystery, that is -- but that's S.O.P for these programmers that run a longish hour. But Robert Wise keeps things brisk and watchable, which isn't to be sneezed at. It's about an insurance investigator (William Lundigan) who follows a suspect (Jacqueline White) south of the border while trying to solve a jewelry theft. The whole shebang was filmed in the studios in Mexico City, with a largely native cast; among them is Ricardo Cortez, a big Latin heart-throb from the earliest talkies (when he was often paired with Bebe Daniels).

This seems a bit of a comedown for Wise, who the previous year had helmed the excellent noir Born to Kill, starring Clare Trevor and Lawrence Tierney, and for that film we can almost forgive him for The Sound of Music, many years later.


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