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In Caliente (1935)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 25 May 1935 (USA)
Magazine editor Pat O'Brien givesMexican dancer Dolores Del Rio a bad write-up, and then becomes romantically involved. Lots of songs and Busby Berkeley numbers.


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Jerry Wald (screen play), Julius J. Epstein (screen play) (as Julius Epstein) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolores del Rio ... Rita Gomez
Pat O'Brien ... Larry MacArthur
Leo Carrillo ... Jose Gomez
Edward Everett Horton ... Harold Brandon
Glenda Farrell ... Clara
Tony De Marco Tony De Marco ... One of the Dancing De Marcos
Sally De Marco Sally De Marco ... One of The Dancing De Marcos
Phil Regan ... Peter
Wini Shaw ... Lois (as Winifred Shaw)
Luis Alberni ... The Magistrate
George Humbert George Humbert ... Photographer
Harry Holman ... Biggs
Soledad Jiménez ... Rita's Maid (as Soledad Jimenez)
Herman Bing ... Florist
Judy Canova ... Specialty Singer


Magazine editor Pat O'Brien givesMexican dancer Dolores Del Rio a bad write-up, and then becomes romantically involved. Lots of songs and Busby Berkeley numbers. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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IT'S A MUSICAL HEAT WAVE! (original poster - all caps)


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Release Date:

25 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viva Senorita See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Scenes of Rita dancing in the film In Caliente (1935) were cut before she signed with 20th Century Fox later that year. See more »


The film is flipped when they arrive in Caliente; the "Stop" sign and "La Internacional" on the building are backward. See more »


Larry MacArthur: Say now, look, Harold, I don't want to presume, but, eh, you want to be curious? But, just for the record, where am I?
Harold Brandon: Guess?
Larry MacArthur: Oh, a game, huh?
Harold Brandon: You can have the regulation three guesses, too, you know. No peaking.
Larry MacArthur: Museum of Art?
Harold Brandon: No.
Larry MacArthur: Heaven?
Harold Brandon: Getting warmer.
Larry MacArthur: Say, where's Clara?
Harold Brandon: She's three thousand miles away!
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Referenced in Things You Never See on the Screen (1935) See more »


In Caliente
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Played during the opening credits
Played as background music
Played on guitar and sung often by the mariachis
(Chris-Pin Martin, C.R. Dufau, L.R. Félix and Carlos Salazar)
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South-of-the-border, Hollywood style!
17 July 2000 | by eastofeden87See all my reviews

Caliente was a stylish resort destination for the film community in the 1930's, and this film attempted to capitalize on that exotic fact for movie audiences. Very little of the film takes advantage of its sultry locale, however. The film is mainly concerned with Rita, a beautiful Mexican dancer, who is infuriated after Larry, a theater critic, savagely pans her dancing after failing to catch her act! She sets out to show him, and of course they fall in love. There is a good supporting cast, especially Edward Everett Horton as his usual nervous fussbudget. The two musical numbers were staged by Busby Berkeley. "The Lady in Red" is sung by a chorus of studio cuties and by the wonderful Wini Shaw (and a novelty chorus or two is sung by the delightful Judy Canova, doing her "country hayseed" character). The "Muchacha" number is one of Berkeley's typical sprawling numbers and makes good use of Dolores Del Rio's beauty and horses riding up a staircase! Pay attention to Del Rio in the scene at the pool. She wears what's believed to be the screen's first two-piece bathing suit. Just one look at her stunning beauty will make you long for the days when Hollywood was known for goddesses like Del Rio, Dietrich, Lamarr, Garbo, etc.

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