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The Girl from Monterrey
Director: Wallace Fox (Dir)
Release Date:   4 Oct 1943
Production Date:   late Jul 1943
Duration (in mins):   58-60
Duration (in feet):   5,337
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Cast:   Armida (Lita [Valdez])  
    Edgar Kennedy (Doc Hogan)  
    Veda Ann Borg (Flossie [Rankin])  
    Jack La Rue ([Al] Johnson)  
    Terry Frost (Jerry O'Leary)  
    Anthony Caruso ([Alberto] Baby [Valdez])  
    Charles Williams (Harry)  
    Bryant Washburn (Commissioner)  
    Guy Zanett (Perrone)  
    Wheeler Oakman (Announcer)  

Summary: In Mexico, dancer/singer Lita Valdez is fired from the cantina where she performs after she refuses to entertain a male customer at his table. When her younger brother Alberto, whom Lita calls "Baby," arrives to tell her that he has quit college in the United States to become a professional fighter, Lita insists that he knock down her boss. Instead, Baby accidentally knocks out a customer, who happens to be a boxer. Fight promoter Doc Hogan is impressed with Baby's punch, and offers to represent him in New York City. There Lita is managing her brother's affairs while he is training when Hogan's other fighter, Jerry O'Leary, runs into her and the two are immediately attracted to each other. Baby then wins his first fight, and Lita watches all the fights to see the two men in her life, Baby and Jerry. One night at Perrone's nightclub, Baby meets Flossie Rankin, a singer, and falls in love. Jerry's manager, Al Johnson, arranges for Lita to sing with Flossie's band as a joke, but when she is a surprise hit with the audience, Perrone hires her and headlines her with Flossie. Baby, meanwhile, fights his way to the top of his rank, and despite Lita's protests, the boxing commission insists on matching Baby and Jerry in a fight. Al, hoping to make a bundle on a bet, spreads gossip that Baby is going to be the favorite, but plots with Flossie to interfere with Baby's training so that he loses the fight. One night after Baby comes home drunk, Lita confronts Flossie at her apartment. The women get into a furious fight, and Lita forces Flossie to admit her scheme to Baby. Baby absolves Flossie but rejects Lita because of her continual interference. Lita then refuses to see Jerry because she believes he was in on the set-up. Although Flossie seems to be playing along with Al, she has genuinely fallen in love with Baby and helps him train because he hopes that Jerry will return to studying medicine if he loses. Although the fight is difficult, Baby wins and Al loses his bet. Estranged from both men in her life, Lita continues performing at Perrone's. After several months, Flossie comes to see her at the nightclub and assures Lita that Jerry was never involved in the set-up. A delighted Lita then reunites with both Jerry and Baby, who have enlisted in the U.S. Army and Mexican Army, respectively, and are waiting for her in the club. 

Production Company: PRC Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Producers Releasing Corp.  
Director: Wallace Fox (Dir)
Producer: Jack Schwarz (Prod)
  Harry D. Edwards (Assoc prod)
Writer: Arthur Hoerl (Scr)
  George Green (Orig story)
  Robert Gordon (Orig story)
Photography: Marcel LePicard (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Frank Sylos (Art dir)
Film Editor: Robert Crandall (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Harry Rief (Set dresser)
  George Bahr (Master of props)
Music: Mahlon Merrick (Mus dir)
  David Chudnow (Mus supv)
Sound: Hugh McDowell (Sd eng)
Production Misc: Arthur Hammond (Prod mgr)
Country: United States

Songs: "Jive Brother Jive," "Last Night's All Over" and "Girl from Monterrey," music and lyrics by Louis Herscher.
Composer: Louis Herscher

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
PRC Pictures, Inc. 19/10/1943 dd/mm/yyyy LP12330

PCA NO: 9543
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: RCA Sound System

 
Genre: Comedy-drama
  Comedy-drama
Sub-Genre: Boxing
  with songs
 
Subjects (Major): Boxers
  Brothers and sisters
  Fixed fights
  Mexicans
  Promoters
 
Subjects (Minor): Boxing managers
  Drunkenness
  Mexico
  New York City
  Nightclubs
  Singers
  Wagers

Note: Although actor Anthony Caruso's name appears as "Athony" in the end credits, his name appears as "Anthony" in the opening credits. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   9 Oct 1943.   
Daily Variety   17 Sep 43   pp. 3, 10
Film Daily   27 Sep 43   p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter   30 Jul 43   p. 20.
Hollywood Reporter   17 Sep 43   p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald   25 Sep 1943.   
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   28 Aug 43   p. 1509.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   25 Sep 43   p. 1554.
Variety   5 Jan 44   p. 26.

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