Review By: Boo Allen
The Girl from Mexico, Mexican Spitfire, Mexican Spitfire Out West, Mexican Spitfire’s Baby, Mexican Spitfire at Sea, Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost, Mexican Spitfire’s Elephant, Mexican Spitfire’s Blessed Event.
Mexican beauty Lupe Velez appeared in around 44 films before her suicide at 36. Her career peaked in 1939 when she made “The Girl from Mexico” for RKO film studio. Her fiery character Carmelita proved immediately popular and gave her the “Spitfire” moniker for a total of eight films, now assembled on four discs by on-demand Warner Archives. Equal parts Lucy and Ricky, Velez had an uncanny knack for comedy, making these films uniformly hilarious. Leslie Goodwins directed all eight, knowing how to use his star’s charisma, looks, and unflagging energy. RKO wisely paired her with veteran comedy actor Leon Errol, who takes a double role in most of the eight, playing foil to Carmelita’s mangled language skills and perpetual drive.