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The Kid from Spain (1932)

An innocent man accused of robbing banks masquerades as a bullfighter to escape the police.


Leo McCarey


William Anthony McGuire (written for the screen by) (as William Anthony McQuire), Bert Kalmar (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Eddie Cantor ... Eddie Williams
Lyda Roberti ... Rosalie
Robert Young ... Ricardo
Ruth Hall ... Anita Gomez
John Miljan ... Pancho
Noah Beery ... Alonzo Gomez
J. Carrol Naish ... Pedro
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Detective Crawford (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Stanley Fields ... Jose
Paul Porcasi ... Gonzales (as Paul Porcassi)
Sidney Franklin Sidney Franklin ... Sidney Franklin - American Matador


Eddie and his Mexican friend Ricardo are expelled from college after Ricardo put Eddie in the girl's dormitory when he was drunk. Per chance Eddie gets mixed up in a bank robbery and is forced to drive the robbers to safety. To get rid of him they force him to leave the USA for Mexico, but a cop is following him. Eddie meets Ricardo there, Ricardo helps him avoid being arrested by the cop when he introduces Eddie as the great Spanish bullfighter Don Sebastian II. The problem is, the cop is still curious and has tickets for the bullfight. Eddie's situation becomes more critical, when he tries to help Ricardo to win the girl he loves, but she's engaged to a "real" Mexican, who is, unknown to her father, involved in illegal business. While trying to avoid all this trouble, Eddie himself falls in love with his friend's girl friend's sister Rosalie, who also want to see the great Don Sebastian II to kill the bull in the arena. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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That's a bull-fighter! That's Eddie! Way down in Mexico among the silky senoritas...with a murderous man-cow charging him and making him pay and pay! (Print Ad- Gazette and Bulletin, ((Williamsport, Penna.)) 28 January 1933)


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Torero a la fuerza See more »

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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Jane Wyman. See more »


Eddie Williams aka Don Sebastian II: [after Rosalie drops the key down her dress] ...the key to the whole situation somewhere between Tijuana and the border!
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Alternate Versions

Some existing prints have the opening titles on a simple black background, and the whole swimming pool sequence of the opening number on the first reel is cut. See more »


Referenced in Mickey's Gala Premier (1933) See more »


Look What You've Done
(1932) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar
Sung by Lyda Roberti and Eddie Cantor
Played also at the nightclub
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THE KID FROM SPAIN (Leo McCarey, 1932) ***
1 February 2014 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is one of the two-best regarded Eddie Cantor vehicles, the other being the superior ROMAN SCANDALS (1933). In many ways, it follows the typical formula of star comedians during this era: not only does it mix the laughs with songs, but the setting goes from college to south-of- the-border and involves multiple impersonations (a convict about to be executed{!}, performing a musical routine in blackface and, most pertinent to the central plot, a torero) and the second leads' less- than-smooth romance (he is here played by the non-Latin Robert Young!).

Having Busby Berkeley as choreographer and being a "Pre-Code" film, this could hardly fail to have elaborately risqué' numbers (reportedly, among the Goldwyn Girls here are Paulette Goddard, Betty Grable and Jane Wyman but I did not recognize them) – right from the opening moments (which were trimmed for subsequent reissues!) but, even if the Bert Kalmar/Harry Ruby score is quite pleasant, these definitely come off as longueurs when not involving Cantor himself. Director McCarey had started out in Laurel & Hardy comedies, and he would subsequently handle many of their rivals/successors – apart from the star of this film, the Marx Bros., W.C. Fields, Mae West, Harold Lloyd and, in more sophisticated terms, Cary Grant.

Gags (and dialogue exchanges) are plentiful and generally display a very high standard of inventiveness. Among the highlights are: Cantor unwittingly acting as the getaway driver of bank robbers; his brushes with a flustered immigration official and a U.S. cop after the thieving gang; his serenading the heroine (on behalf of Young – incidentally, he is himself pursued throughout by the girl's blonde friend) sporting a gigantic sombrero; and, obviously, his being passed off as a celebrated bullfighter's son (he trains with a docile animal who can be 'controlled' with a gibberish but unwieldly word – however, the villains (including the blonde girl's fiancé J. Carrol Naish) then have it replaced with the most irate of the herd, able even to leap over the spectator barricades{!}, only for the hero to ultimately put it out of action by pure chance). For the record, the film was referenced in the Walt Disney cartoon short MICKEY'S GALA PREMIERE (1933) and can be seen to have influenced – ironically enough – the Laurel & Hardy outings SAPS AT SEA (1940; in Cantor's violent behaviour triggered by noise) and THE BULLFIGHTERS (1945), not to mention the Italian comic Toto' vehicle FIFA E ARENA (1948) and the classic "Looney Tunes" cartoon BULLY FOR BUGS (1953).

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