Pepe (film)

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Pepe movie poster.jpg
movie poster
Directed by George Sidney
Produced by George Sidney
Written by Leslie Bush-Fekete (play Broadway Zauber aka Broadway Magic)
Claude Binyon
Dorothy Kingsley
Starring Mario Moreno ("Cantinflas")
Dan Dailey
Shirley Jones
Cinematography Joseph MacDonald
Edited by Viola Lawrence
Al Clark
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • December 20, 1960 (1960-12-20) (U.S.)
Running time
180 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4.8 million (US/ Canada rentals) [2]

Pepe is a 1960 film starring Mario Moreno ("Cantinflas") in the title role, directed by George Sidney. A multitude of cameo appearances attempted to replicate the success of Mario Moreno's American debut, notably Around the World in Eighty Days, produced by Mike Todd in 1956.

The film failed to achieve the success of Cantinflas' previous American film and was roundly criticized by film critics. A VHS tape of the film was released on December 7, 1998.[3]


Mario Moreno ("Cantinflas") is Pepe, a hired hand, employed on a ranch. A boozing Hollywood director buys a white stallion that belongs to Pepe's boss. Pepe, determined to get the horse back (as he considers it his family), decides to take off to Hollywood. There he meets film stars including Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Zsa Zsa Gabór, Bing Crosby, Maurice Chevalier and Jack Lemmon in drag as Daphne from Some Like It Hot. He is also surprised by things that were new in America at the time, such as automatic swinging doors. When he finally reaches the man who bought the horse, he is led to believe there is no hope of getting it back. However, the last scene shows both him and the stallion back at the ranch with several foals.




The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards:[4][5]


  1. ^ "Although various reviews list the film's length as 190 or 195 minutes, studio records reveal that the actual running time was 180 minutes 29 seconds. It is possible that the running time in the reviews included the film's intermission." - Turner Classic Movies.
  2. ^ "All-Time Top Grossers", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 69
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  4. ^ "The 33rd Academy Awards (1961) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  5. ^ "NY Times: Pepe". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 

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