The Kissing Bandit

Synopsis: Ricardo, son of a mexican bandit, becomes against his will a bandit. He falls in love with Theresa, the daughter of the governor, who is expecting tax collectors from spain. Ricardo sees a good chance there.
Director(s): Laslo Benedek
100 min

- Hello, Chico.

- Hello.

I have a letter for you.

- There's two pesos due on it.

- Then keep it.

But maybe somebody wants a room here.

Nobody ever wants a room here.

- Who is it from?

- It's from the United States.

- Someplace called Boston.

- Boston?

Boston! Give it to me. Here.

Here. Give it to me. Boston.




Rosita, a letter from Boston.

Must be from Ricardo, the chief's son.

Fernando, letter. Must be the little one.

But, hey... But who can read it?

- Pepito. Pepito, he can read.

- Pepito.









Here I am.

Please. Here, Pepito.

If you can read this for me,

a whole peso for you.


"Dear, Chico, my father's old friend.

How nice of you to invite me

to come out to California...

...the home of my childhood.

I am sorry to hear

that business has been bad...

...but please stop worrying.

I know that I can help you.

There is a school right here in Boston...

...that teaches nothing

but how to manage a business like father's.

For years, I have been studying.

I am leaving at once to join you.

Together we'll run the business

and turn it into a great success.

Ever yours, Ricardo. "

You hear that? In Boston

they teach you how to be a bandit.

You can learn it in a school.

When we're back in business again

we're gonna be bandits once more.

We'll ride and rob

and be rich and famous.

Fernando, my horse. Get my horse.

Quick. I gotta tell the men.

Ol, Pablo.

Come on.




Come on.

Amigos. Amigos.


Look what I have been keeping

for our new chief.

A beautiful picture of his father,

a real likeness.


How proud his son will be.

And why not?

In the whole history of California...

...never has there been such a reward

for a bandit. Never.

Do you know what they are offering

for the head of Dirty Danilo?

- No.

- Five hundred pesos.

- And that's too much.

- Sure it's too much.

Where are you going to hang him?

Please, let us not use that word.

The boy will be just like him.

Wait and see.

Chico, Chico, look.

Ricardo's arriving.

He rides like the devil.

How he rides.

Just like his father.

What a leader he will make.

Come, everyone, let us greet him.

Manuel, bring the music.

- Come on. Hurry up.

Come on, muchachos.

Everybody, come on.

Let us give him a welcome of a hero.

Come on, everybody.

How do you do?

L... I'm terribly sorry.

I haven't known the horse very long and I...

And I'm terribly sorry

that I messed up the furniture.

- This is a very nice place you've got here.

- Yes.

- And who is that?

- That is the Kissing Bandit.

- The Kissing Bandit.

- Your father.

It's my father, the Kissing...

My father, the Kissing Bandit?

- Of course.

- My father...

Where...? Where am I?

What happened?

Little one, you fainted.

I fainted?

- No. No, no, don't worry.

Don't worry, Ricardo.

I am Chico, your old friend, remember?

Oh, yeah. Hello.


...what you said about my father,

he did own the inn, didn't he?

He was an innkeeper, wasn't he?

Shh, shh, shh.

Didn't you ever hear about him

doing something else?


Yes, I heard he had a little sideline.

Mm. Mm-hm.

You mean, the little sideline

was being a bandit?

No, the little sideline

was being an innkeeper.

The main thing was being a bandit.

Oh, my.

Oh, me.

Son of a bandit.

That's terrible.

But you're not the son of just a bandit.

You're the son of the Kissing Bandit,

the greatest bandit in all California.

Big thing.

Tell me, when you answered my letter...

...when you said you wanted to take

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