Cast & Crew
As he removes a diamond necklace from the safe of the Versailles nightclub in Mexico City, a bartender is accosted by gun-wielding men, who shoot at him as he flees with the jewels. Later, in Los Angeles, insurance investigator Steve Hastings discusses the theft with Powers, his boss, and learns that the bartender is actually fellow detective Glenn Ames, who was sent to Mexico to track down the stolen necklace. Concerned that Glenn may be double-crossing the company, Powers assigns Steve to follow Glenn's sister Victoria, a singer who has booked a flight to Mexico. At the airport, Steve flirts with the attractive Victoria and, during the flight to Mexico, tries to gather information from her about Glenn. Victoria, however, resists Steve's advances and is reticent to talk about Glenn. After Victoria falls asleep, Steve searches her belongings and finds a telegram from Glenn, directing her to a certain address in Mexico City. Once landed, Victoria gives Steve a calculated kiss goodbye, then tries to rid herself of him by rushing off in a taxi. Steve, however, follows close behind in a cab driven by accomodating taxi driver Carlos. The address from the telegram belongs to a deserted villa, and as Victoria wanders from room to room, she becomes increasingly nervous. Just as Victoria is about to panic with fear, Steve surprises her. Grateful for Steve's timely intrusion, Victoria sends him to search the study. There Steve is attacked by two men, but is soon rescued by the vigilant Carlos, who shoots after the men and brings the police. At the police station, Steve reveals his mission to the local chief, who agrees that Victoria should be watched. Still playing the part of the ardent admirer, Steve registers her in a hotel room next to his, then makes a date with her for later that evening. After learning that the telegram was sent from the Versailles club, Steve discovers that Victoria is not in her hotel room. Concerned, Steve searches for Victoria, then heads for the Versailles with Carlos. To Steve's surprise, Victoria is there singing, having just been hired by club owner Joe Norcross. From a tense conversation he has with Benny, a bartender who knew Glenn, Steve deduces that Norcross is involved in Glenn's disappearance. Unable to talk freely with Benny, Steve decides to escort the unsuspecting Victoria to a garden party at Norcross' country estate, where Benny has been hired to tend bar. Upon arriving, however, Steve and Victoria learn that Benny has just been killed in an automobile accident. Suspicious, Steve questions Norcross' jealous girl friend, Dolores Fernandez, who is the club's regular singer, and finds himself becoming jealous of Norcross' attentions to Victoria. Anxious to upset Norcross, Dolores openly kisses Steve, who is then rebuffed by an equally jealous Victoria. Steve drives the angry Victoria back to the hotel and finally confesses his mission to her. After Victoria bids Steve a curt goodbye, Carlos, who has been waiting for her return, telephones Norcross. A Norcross spy, Carlos then intercepts Pancho Gomez, a peasant boy who is delivering a package to Victoria, and learns of Glenn's whereabouts. The boy takes Victoria and Carlos to his family's farm house, where Glenn has been recuperating from a gunshot wound he suffered while fleeing from the club. Carlos calls Norcross at the club just as Steve is questioning him about Benny. As Carlos tells Norcross where Glenn is hiding, Steve listens in on an extension, but is quickly knocked out by Norcross' men. Steve awakens at the farm house, where Norcross is holding Victoria prisoner and is torturing Glenn to reveal the whereabouts of the stolen jewels. Glenn refuses to talk, but communicates silently to Steve that the necklace is inside a doll owned by Pancho's little sister Floracita. To stall, Steve convinces Norcross that the jewels are in the package that Pancho delivered to the hotel, and Norcross sends Carlos to retrieve them. Just after Carlos returns empty-handed, Norcross sees Floracita playing with the necklace and starts to grab it when Luis Otero, a local policeman assigned to watch Victoria, bursts in and shoots Norcross. After a shootout with the police, the rest of the gang is apprehended, and Glenn is cleared of all suspicion. By pretending that Dolores wants to hire him, Steve then tricks Victoria into agreeing to a quick wedding.
Concha Gentil Arcos
Samuel E. Beetley
Muriel Roy Bolton
José B. Carles
Russell A. Cully
Fred L. Granville
Robert Wise (1914-2005)
Born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Ind., Wise was a child of the Depression who quit college to earn a living in the movie industry. He began as an assistant cutter at RKO, where he worked his way up to the position of film editor and earned an Oscar® nomination for his bravura work with Orson Welles on Citizen Kane. He also edited The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) for Welles, along with several other RKO films.
Wise became a director by default when RKO and producer Val Lewton assigned him to The Curse of the Cat People (1944) after Gunther von Fritsch failed to meet the film's production schedule. Wise turned the film into a first-rate psychological thriller, and enjoyed equal success with another Lewton horror film, The Body Snatcher (1945).
Critical praise also was showered upon Wise's Born to Kill (1947), a crime melodrama; and Blood on the Moon (1948), an unusual psychological Western starring Robert Mitchum. Even more highly regarded was The Set-Up (1949), a no-punches-pulled boxing drama that won the Critics' Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Wise moved on from RKO in the early 1950s, directing one of the movies' classic alien invasion films, The Day the Earth Stood Still, for 20th Century Fox.
At MGM he directed Executive Suite (1954), a compelling all-star boardroom drama; Somebody Up There Likes Me, a film bio of boxer Rocky Graziano that established Paul Newman as a major star; and The Haunting (1963), a chilling haunted-hause melodrama. His films for United Artists include Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), a submarine drama with Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster; I Want to Live! (1958), a harrowing account of a convicted murderess on Death Row, with Susan Hayward in her Oscar-winning performance; and the crime caper Odds Against Tomorrow (1959).
Wise served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America. He was awarded the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1966, and the Directors Guild's highest honor, the D.W. Griffith Award, in 1988. He remained active as a director through the 1970s. His final film, Rooftops (1989) was a musical with an urban setting that recalled West Side Story.
The films in TCM's salute to Robert Wise are Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Body Snatcher (1945), Born to Kill (1947), Blood on the Moon (1948), The Set-Up (1949), Executive Suite (1954), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), B>West Side Story (1959), Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) and The Haunting (1963).
by Roger Fristoe
Robert Wise (1914-2005)
One of the mysteries around "Mystery In Mexico" is why was the sound credit for Roy Granville credited to Fred L. Granville (Fred LeRoy Granville), who died in 1932. Union issue? Tip of the hat?
Hollywood Reporter news items add the following information about the production: In January 1947, RKO announced that the film was to be a "bi-lingual" release, produced by J. Robert Bren, but no information about a Spanish language version has been found. Technical advisor Pepe Romero was a foreign correspondent and columnist for the Mexico City Herald. Exterior scenes were shot in Cuernavaca and other locations in Mexico; interiors were filmed in RKO's Churubusco Studios in Mexico City, as well as in the studio's Hollywood facilities.
Released in United States Summer June 26, 1948
Released in United States Summer June 26, 1948