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The Gay Desperado1936

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Ida Lupino and Metropolitan Opera star tenor, Nino Martini, star in this classic musical comedy directed by the great Rouben Mamoulian. After watching an American gangster film, Pablo Braganza, a fierce Mexican bandit, is inspired to reorganize his outlaw gang to Chicago standards. Also a music lover, he kidnaps the great opera star Chivo because he likes his voice. When Braganza learns that two hold-up victims are actually a wealthy young man and his fiancee, crossing the Mexican border to elope, he kidnaps them both in hopes of getting a healthy ransom. The groom-to-be, interested only in saving his own skin, escapes, leaving Chivo and lovely Jane to fall in love. Carrillo is hilarious as the Mexican bandit-turned-gangster and the film satirizes such Hollywood tough guys as James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson and George Raft. Martini sings contemporary songs and popular arias including Verdi's "Celeste Alda." Lupino shines in one of her best roles. An eccentric, wild ride featuring gags, in-jokes and bizarre characters, THE GAY DESPERADO features master filmmaker Rouben Mamoulian's famous style, humor and musical flair.