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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mexican Spitfire Sees A Ghost (1942)

Starring Lupe Velez, Leon Errol, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Elisabeth Risdon, Donald MacBride
Directed by Leslie Goodwins
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

The Lindsays try to get an old mansion into shape for a visit from a refined couple, but underneath it, a gang of criminals tries to keep their operations a secret.

One of the many "Mexican Spitfire" movies, which starred Latina actress Lupe Velez in a series of comic misadventures as her temper often got her into trouble, but this installment is strangely bereft of that formula, with Errol taking center stage, not only playing his role as Velez' uncle by marriage, but also that of a comical British lord.  So much focus is spent on him playing Lord Epping, and playing Matt Lindsay impersonating Lord Epping, there's not much time for Velez to play anything but Errol's partner in deception.  The humor's a bit over the top throughout with Errol and MacBride in particular emoting wildly, but it's a fun diverting B-movie, even if the "ghost" of the title isn't a real one.

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