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Mexican Spitfire at Sea(1942)


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The fourth "Mexican Spitfire" movie and the fifth go-round for Velez as "Carmelita Fuentes", fiesty singer, adventuress, and mangler of the English language. This time, Carmelita gets her long-postponed honeymoon cruise to Hawaii, only to find out hubby Dennis (Charles "Buddy" Rogers) regards their jaunt as a business trip instead. Jilted and enraged that Dennis is drumming up advertising business instead of romancing his bride, Carmelita throws him out of their cabin, setting off a chain of mistaken identities and high seas hijinks that ends with Carmelita embroiled in a phony wedding at sea. The plot is as screwball as it gets, but Velez rises to the occasion. Her energy and magnetism fairly crackle off the screen, and despite her muy caliente screen persona being the butt of many jokes, her good humor, knack for physical comedy, and striking beauty still steal the show. (It says how much RKO estimated her star talent by confidently pairing her against Caucasian leading man Rogers, an unusual move for a time when statutes against "miscegnation" were still part of the Production Code.) The first of three (!) Mexican Spitfire movies the very busy Velez made in 1942.

By Violet LeVoit

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