Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Soy Charro de Rancho Grande|
Actors: Pedro Infante, Sofia Alvarez
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy
Studio: Laguna Productions Inc Release Date: 07/11/2005
"Tierra de Hombres Nobles, Valientes, y Buenos"
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 04/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Soy Charro de Rancho Grande" stretches its very thin plot around some lovely songs and an attractive cast, particularly its two exceptional stars, the beautiful Colombian actress Sofia Alvarez (1913-1985), who gets top billing and is sensational in her big "Guadalajarena" number, and Pedro Infante (1917-1957), Mexico's most loved singer/actor, who 50 years after his untimely passing when he crashed his plane in the Yucatan, still reigns supreme. The plot starts with Antonio (Infante), leaving the Rancho Grande for the big city, to take part in the "Gran Concurso National de Charro." He becomes a big star, and seemingly goes somewhat astray, especially in his love for Cristina (Alvarez). Their Padrino Don Felipe (Rene Cardona) and blonde Kitty (Joan Page), are part of the web that circles him, and little does he know that he's being tested, to prove the loyalty, frankness, and nobility of his affections. You'll have to suspend your logical thinking while all this is going on, but never mind, you'll have lots of fun doing it!
Directed by Joaquin Pardave, with cinematography by Jorge Stahl (which gives us a fascinating glimpse of how Guadalajara looked in the mid 40's), and a score by Manuel Esperon, the film includes many songs, but does show its age a bit, especially in the audio, which tends to be a little fuzzy, usually during the musical numbers. Nevertheless, a wonderful film for Infante fans, and those not familiar with Sofia Alvarez will feel they have made a big "discovery," as this delightful singer/actress will enchant every viewer. Other films starring this delectable duo are "Si Me Han de Matar Manana," and "Barca de Oro," with all 3 films made in 1947. Highly entertaining fare, no subtitles available."