Pedro Loves Elsa, Elsa is Hard to Get
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 06/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
This romantic comedy starring Mexico's # 1 idol, singer/actor Pedro Infante, has a confused but amusing plot, and a marvelous cast. The story is about Salvador (Infante), who when he leaves his father's ranch for the big city, is given 2 letters of introduction to his father's old friends. Played by Oscar Pulido and the inimitable Eulalio "El Piporro" Gonzalez, the 2 friends turn out to be a couple of hard drinking gamblers, and give Salvador some lessons in life and make him less of a greenhorn. Enter gorgeous schoolteacher Elsa Aguirre, who captures Infante's heart and plays very hard to get. There are funny scenes as the 3 guys dig for treasure in Elsa's house, and lots of fine music, to make this an entertaining entry from the Epoca de Oro of Mexican cinema, with lovely cinematography by Raul Martinez Solares. Rounding out the cast is Fanny Schiller, Emma Roldan, and Arturo Soto Rangel.
Written and directed by Miguel Zacarias, "Cuidado con el Amor" is one of 7 films he made with Infante, and though not the best of their work together ("Ansiedad" would take that prize for me), it's an enjoyable film for Infante fans. The songs are all sung by Infante except for "Corrido de Agustin Jaime" which is sung by El Piporro and Ochoa.
Songs: "Ifigeño El Sombrerudo" (written by Severo Miron), "Corrido de Agustin Jaime" (dominio publico), "Cien Años" (Ruben Fuentes), "Serenata Huasteca" (Jose Alfredo Jimenez), and "Si Tu Me Quisieras" (Alberto Cervantes).