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The Kid from Spain (1932)





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In director Leo McCarey's film The Kid From Spain, actor Eddie Cantor plays mischievious college boy Eddie Williams, who, with his buddy Ricardo (Robert Young), is kicked out of college for sneaking into the women's dormitory. Ricardo (Young), on his way back to Mexico, suggests Eddie (Cantor) come along. First, however, Ricardo must stop at the local bank for some cash. Unfortunately, the bank is robbed as the two boys are leaving, and the fleeing thieves mistake Eddie for their getaway driver. In a panic, Eddie races off towards the Mexican border in hopes of getting way from them. Realizing that the bank robbers will go after him--Eddie, after all, is the only one who saw their faces--he convinces a skeptical border guard that he, too, is a Mexican. Once in Mexico, he's mistaken for a renowed bullfighter, and plays along with his newly assigned identity in order to avoid the American detective on his trail. Mayhem ensues, and Eddie eventually falls in love with Rosalie (Lyda Roberti), a young Mexican woman with an over-protective father. The musical numbers in The Kid From Spain were staged by a young Busby Berkeley and feature the Goldwyn Girls, whose ranks in this film include Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard, and Jane Wyman.

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Eddie Cantor
as Eddie Williams
Lyda Roberti
as Rosalie
Robert Young
as Ricardo
Ruth Hall
as Anita Gomez
Noah Beery Sr.
as Alonzo Gomez
Noah Beery Sr.
as Alonzo Gomez
Robert Emmett O'Connor
as Detective Crawford
Robert E. O'Connor
as Detective Crawford
Paul Porcasi
as Gonzales, Border Guard
Sidney Franklin
as American Matador
Julian Rivero
as Dalmores
Walter Walker
as The Dean
Grace Poggi
as Specialty Dancer
Edgar Connor
as Black Bull Handler
Harry Gribbon
as Traffic Cop
Harry C. Bradley
as Man on Line at Border
Lucille Ball
as 'Goldwyn Girl'
Virginia Bruce
as 'Goldwyn Girl'
Paulette Goddard
as Goldwyn Girl
Betty Grable
as Chorine
Toby Wing
as Goldwyn Girl
Jane Wyman
as Goldwyn Girl
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All Critics (4)

The film is short on plot and doesn't have enough musical numbers to recover from the pathetic comedy routines.

June 23, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Vintage zany musical is Eddie Cantor showcase.

January 2, 2005 | Rating: 5/5

Possibly Cantor's best film. Certainly his most creatively directed and raciest.

May 30, 2004 | Rating: 5/5

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