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

your father's place... meant you wanted to be

an innkeeper?

Of course.

Chico, I know all

about the hotel business.

I've studied.

Look, I brought my cookbooks...

...and plans to make this

the finest hotel in all California.

L... Hot water in every room.

Clean sheets on every bed.

And window boxes.

Window boxes in every window

with pretty flowers and...



You mean, when you sent for me

to take my father's place... thought

I would be the bandit chief?

Of course.

Oh, no.

No, no, no.

- But... But, listen, Ricardo.

- No.

Ever since your father died,

I kept his men together.

They had offers, good offers

from other chiefs.

From Dirty Danilo, One-Eyed Louie...

...but I never let them take the offers.

"No," I said, "we will wait

for the son of our chief. "

"He will be a great leader," I said,

"just like his father. "

And you gotta be.

You gotta be and you're gonna be.

No, no, Chico, that's ridiculous.

I couldn't lead any men.

I couldn't lead anybody.


Look at me.

If I held you up,

would you give me your money?

Well, I...

Well, your father didn't look too good

when he first started either.


But, Chico, I can't even ride.

You saw me fall off that horse.

- Well, everyone can have an accident.

- That was no accident.

I've been falling off that horse

ever since I got him.

I'm afraid of him.

I'm afraid of fights and loud noises and...

Well, I'm practically afraid of everything.

Nearly everybody is afraid

of nearly everything.

All you gotta do is not to show it.

There. That was your father's.

- Oh, it's no use, Chico.

- Wait.


Your father's sombrero.

Oh, you're wasting your time.

What a difference.

Already you look twice as big.

Sure. Look at yourself in the glass.

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