María Félix, Marlon Brando: 100 Years of the Mexican Revolution

Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Viva Zapata!
Marlon Brando, Jean Peters in Elia Kazan's Viva Zapata!

Ramon Novarro in SCARAMOUCHE on TCM

Following Scaramouche, Turner Classic Movies will show a Mexican feature set during the Revolution, Roberto Rodríguez's La Bandida (1963), starring Mexican legend María Félix, Pedro Armendáriz, Katy Jurado, actor-filmmaker Emilio Fernández, and Lola Beltrán.

And prior to Scaramouche, TCM is showing two Mexican Revolution films made in Hollywood: Elia Kazan's Viva Zapata! (1952), with Marlon Brando (wasn't Katy Jurado or perhaps Sara Montiel available?) as revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, and Jack Conway's Viva Villa! (1934), with a surprisingly effective Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa.

The beautifully shot Viva Villa! (cinematography by Charles G. Clarke and James Wong Howe) is perhaps best known for what's not seen on screen: Lee Tracy, one of the stars of MGM's Dinner at 8, getting drunk and pissing on a military parade passing below his Mexico City hotel balcony, being arrested by Mexican authorities, getting booted from the project, and thus becoming persona non grata in Hollywood for a while.

Stuart Erwin replaced Tracy. Howard Hawks, originally assigned to the project, was replaced by Conway.

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