Eddie Cantor stars in early screwball musical The Kid From Spain with choreography by Busby Berkeley. College kid Cantor witnesses a bank robbery and then flees to his friend Young’s place in Mexico. There he’s mistaken for a bullfighter and must enter the ring.
It’s a fine example of director Leo McCarey’s early work as the director of choice for the major comedians of the time, including Cantor, the Marx Brothers, Mae West, W. C. Fields and Harold Lloyd. Look quick to see Betty Grable and Paulette Goddard in a Berkeley-fueled chorus line.
In 1932, at the height of the Depression, The Kid From Spain proved so popular that producer Sam Goldwyn was able to charge more than $2 a ticket; this in an era when most first-run movies drew a top price of 75 cents.
Songs include “Look What You’ve Done,” “In the Moonlight,” and “What a Perfect Combination.”
Cast: Eddie Cantor, Lyda Roberti, Robert Young, Ruth Hall, John Miljan, Noah Beery, J. Carrol Naish, Stanley Fields, Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard,
Director: Leo McCarey
Producer: Samuel Goldwyn
Director of Photography: Gregg Toland
Screenwriters: Bert Kalmar, William Anthony McGuire, Harry Ruby
Choreographer: Busby Berkeley
USA / United Artists / 96 minutes / 1932