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In Caliente (1935)





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Per its title, this merry Warner Bros. musical was filmed on location in the resort community of Agua Caliente. Pat O'Brien plays magazine editor Larry MacArthur, whose scathingly negative review of tempestuous dancer La Espanita (Dolores Del Rio) has incurred the lady's considerable wrath. Through a fluke, MacArthur finds himself in Caliente, where he begins ardently pursuing the lovely Rita Gomez, not realizing -- at least at first -- that Rita and La Espanita are one in the same. Intending to humiliate MacArthur, Rita relents when she realizes she's fallen for him as well. Of the supporting players, only Edward Everett Horton is given any worthwhile material, and he makes the most of it. The Busby Berkeley dance numbers are okay, but the film's musical highlight is Wini Shaw's rendition of "The Lady in Red", followed by Judy Canova's semi-parody version of the same tune.


Pat O'Brien
as Lawrence 'Larry' MacArthur
Dolores Del Rio
as Rita Gomez, aka La Españita
Edward Everett Horton
as Harold Brandon
Leo Carrillo
as Jose Gomez
Phil Regan
as Pat Casey
Dorothy Dare
as Baby Blonde
Winifred Shaw
as Singer, `Woman in Red'
Harry Holman
as Joe Biggs
Herman Bing
as Mexican Florist
Luis Alberni
as Magistrate
John Hyams
as Bob, the Reporter
Sam Appel
as Driver
George Humbert
as Mexican Photographer
Florence Fair
as Miss G, Larry's Secretary
James Donlan
as Swanson
Selmar Jackson
as Magazine Layout Man
Selmer Jackson
as Magazine Layout Man
Tony Marco
as Dance Team
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Critic Reviews for In Caliente

All Critics (3)

Lady in Red is a swell song, and Muchacha has crazy lyrics...

April 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Some Spanish serenades, some moderately good dancing by Dolores del Rio... and just enough story to hold things together.

August 6, 2019 | Full Review…

An average musical, made definitely superior for one brief moment by the presence of that peerless dance team, the De Marcos.

June 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In Caliente

What a nice little surprise this was, and great showcase for Dolores del Río. The premise of a magazine critic (Pat Oâ(TM)Brien) being taken to Mexico while drunk by his business partner (Edward Everett Horton) to avoid being married (to Glenda Farrell) is a little silly, not unlike other screwball comedies. Itâ(TM)s made interesting by Horton trying to set Oâ(TM)Brien up with del Río in order that he forget Farrell, not remembering that Oâ(TM)Brien once panned del Río in a review and sheâ(TM)d like to get even with him. The little cat and mouse game she plays, assisted by her shrewd manager (Leo Carrillo) who regularly takes advantage of foreigners, is entertaining, and director Michael Curtiz moves things along well. We also get the incomparable Busby Berkeley and a couple of entertaining musical numbers in the second half of the film. The first of these, â~The Lady in Redâ(TM) includes wonderful vocals from Wini Shaw, sexy shimmying from the chorus, and an extended ballroom dance routine by Tony De Marco and Sally Craven (later his third wife), who were nearly as good as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, if not on a par with them. Itâ(TM)s definitely one to watch. The second, âMuchachaâ(TM) is also pretty wild, with horses prancing up a staircase in addition to del Río singing and dancing. del Río is charming throughout the film, and itâ(TM)s refreshing that her character is intelligent, erudite, and elegant. Sheâ(TM)s a beauty in her evening gowns and the two-piece bathing suit that she helped pioneer, which we see plenty of in a long scene at the pool. She was on her way out of Hollywood a few years later which is a shame, though it really makes me want to check out her Mexican films from the 1940â(TM)s. I may be rounding up a bit because of her and Berkeley, but they made the film for me.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

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