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Pepe (1960)





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Popular Mexican comedian Cantinflas (Mario Moreno) plays the title character in this star-studded, amusing comedy drama by George Sidney. Pepe is the same sort of impoverished stereotype Cantinflas made famous in several of his comedies; in this case he is a hired hand on a ranch who chases down a horse for his employer. A boozing Hollywood director buys a white stallion belonging to Pepe's boss and the determined ranch hand decides to take off for Hollywood to get the horse back. Once in this new and strange environment -- where a lot of cameos by the likes of Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bing Crosby, Maurice Chevalier, and many others enliven the action -- Pepe becomes a friend to the alcoholic director. Unfortunately, what is missing here is "Cantinfletico." That is the nickname for the rambling non-sequitur characteristic of Cantinflas that no one else could master. The film was originally released at 195 minutes, then edited down to 157.

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Dan Dailey
as Ted Holt
Shirley Jones
as Suzie Murphy
Hank Henry
as Manager
Bobby Darin
as Himself
Bing Crosby
as Himself
Joey Bishop
as Himself
Judy Garland
as Herself
Jack Lemmon
as Himself
Jay North
as Himself
Andre Previn
as Himself
Cesar Romero
as Himself
Billie Burke
as Herself
Stephen Bekassy
as Jewelry Salesman
Ernie Kovacs
as Immigration Inspector
William Demarest
as Studio Gateman
Carol Douglas
as Waitress
Joe Hyams
as Charro
Carlos Rivas
as Himself
Tony Curtis
as Himself
Hedda Hopper
as Herself
Dean Martin
as Himself
Kim Novak
as Herself
Ann B. Davis
as Herself
Bunny Waters
as Herself
Shirley DeBurgh
as Senorita Dancer
Steve Baylor
as Parking Lot Attendant
John Burnside
as Parking Lot Attendant
James Bacon
as Bartender
Jeanne Manet
as French Woman
Robert B. Williams
as Immigration Officer
Lela Bliss
as Dowager
David Landfield
as Announcer
Sue Lloyd
as Carmen
Ray Walker
as Assistant Director
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All Critics (3)

Cantinflas is a gifted and endearing comedian but his talents are sadly diluted in this marathon yarn.

December 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The film Pepe which is draped round his rather ineffective personality, is an expensive, tasteless and dreary romp.

July 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite the cameos of over 30 movie stars and big budget, George Sidney's gimmicky comedy, starring Mexican actor Cantinflas who goes to Hollywood to take care of his horse, is one of Hollywood's biggest flops of the 1960s.

August 6, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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