Sombrero

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Producer Jack Cummings never stopped attempting to do different kinds of films. His work ranged from six wet and wonderful Esther Williams movies and intriguing biographies like THE STRATTON STORY to well-tailored comedies such as THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON. In SOMBRERO, he tried to do a truthful musical about the way life was in Mexico and used, as...read more

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Producer Jack Cummings never stopped attempting to do different kinds of films. His work ranged from six wet and wonderful Esther Williams movies and intriguing biographies like THE STRATTON STORY to well-tailored comedies such as THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON. In SOMBRERO, he tried to

do a truthful musical about the way life was in Mexico and used, as the basis, three tales from Niggli's book. Three sets of lovers are depicted. The tale of Montalban (whom Cummings "discovered") and Angeli provides the humor, as both come from feuding villages and the towns must be calmed before

the two can marry (a south of the border ROMEO AND JULIET story). Gassman, whom MGM had just imported from Italy, is an heir to a large fortune and in love with dirt-poor De Carlo. His family is totally against his affections for her and when he learns he is dying of a tumor, he pleads with her to

marry him but she declines and arranges a loveless match between him and Foch. After Gassman's death, his father, Hampden, finds De Carlo and brings her into his home where she can have a place to stay. Charisse is the sister of Greco, a matador, and in love with street peddler Jason. Greco

doesn't like Jason and tries to break them up, going so far as to lure Jason into the bull ring, but it backfires and the raging toro gores Greco to death. After Jason and Charisse marry, it soon disintegrates and she realizes her brother was right about Jason. Into all of this, there are several

songs, including: "Cartas a Ufemia" (sung by Montalban, written by Ruben Fuentes, Ruben Mendez, with English lyrics by Saul Chaplin), and "Gypsy Dance" (danced by Charisse, written by Chaplin and Leo Arnaud). Despite a mild response from the US, SOMBRERO did quite well in Spanish-speaking

countries and, surprisingly, in the Philippines, Japan, and Ireland.

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