Gay Desperado, The | Milestone Films
Gay Desperado, The

Gay Desperado, The

Ida Lupino and Metropolitan Opera star tenor, Nino Martini, star in this classic musical comedy directed by the great Rouben Mamoulian (Applause, Queen Christina and Love Me Tonight). After watching an American gangster film, Pablo Braganza, a fierce Mexican bandit (Leo Carrillo), is inspired to reorganize his outlaw gang to Chicago standards. Also a music lover, he kidnaps the great opera star Chivo (Martini) because he likes his voice. When Braganza learns that two hold-up victims are actually a wealthy young man and his fiancee, crossing the Mexican border to elope, he kidnaps them both in hopes of getting a healthy ransom. The groom-to-be, interested only in saving his own skin, escapes, leaving Chivo and lovely Jane (played by the wonderful Ida Lupino) to fall in love. Carrillo is hilarious as the Mexican bandit-turned-gangster and the film satirizes such Hollywood tough guys as James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson and George Raft. Martini sings contemporary songs and popular arias including Verdi's "Celeste Alda." Lupino shines in one of her best roles. An eccentric, wild ride featuring gags, in-jokes and bizarre characters, The Gay Desperado features master filmmaker Rouben Mamoulian's famous style, humor and musical flair.

Restored by UCLA Film and Television Archives in cooperation with the Mary Pickford Foundation.

Also available in 35mm prints for theatrical and nontheatrical screenings. Contact Milestone for price and availability!

See the original 1936 press kit by clicking here!

This DVD is also available for Institutional Purchase, which includes public performance rights and a 3-year streaming license. Please click on the “Format” button and select “DVD Institutional Rate.”



Type: DVD

Vendor: Milestone Films


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