Trail to Mexico (1946)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Western  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |  
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All-American singing cowboy Jimmy Wakely went below the border in this musical Western from the assembly line at Monogram, performing such ditties as Adios Mariquita Linda, Rose of the Rancho, the inevitable La Cucaracha, and his own title tune. As always, Jimmy Wakely plays himself, this time heading for Don Roberto Lopez's (Julian Rivero) ranch to track down a missing gold shipment. En route, he encounters the notorious Texas Kid (Brad Slaven), who steals his clothes along with a letter of introduction and later commits a murder in his name. Dressed in The Kid's outfit, Wakely, meanwhile, pretends to join the gang suspected of stealing the gold and is eventually able to unmask their mysterious leader (Forrest Matthews). Leading lady Dolores Castelli, as Don Roberto's niece, warbles a special rendition of Jarebe Tapatio (aka Mexican Hat Dance), and Wakely's sidekick, Lee "Lasses" White, takes a more active part in the action than usual.