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Place all the gold under lock and key. All the beautiful senoritas, too. The Kissing Bandit rides again – if he can somehow manage to stay on horseback! Frank Sinatra plays the kissing (and singing!) title role. Kathryn Grayson is lovely, coloratura-voiced Teresa – and who’d guess she would steal his heart before he could steal his first kiss? Sintara brings infectious charm to the role of timid Ricardo, haplessly continuing his father’s bandito tradition. Ann Miller, Cyd Charisse and Ricardo Montalban sway, swirl and clackety-clack through the vibrant, flamenco- style Dance of Fury number choreographed by Stanley Donen. And scene after scene unfurl with a splashy medley of TechnicolorÒ lavenders, reds, yellows and greens. Watch out, this bandit might steal your heart!

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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, J. Carrol Naish, Mildred Natwick, Mikhail Rasumny
  • Directors: Laslo Benedek
  • Writers: Isobel Lennart, John Briard Harding
  • Producers: Joe Pasternak
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00143XDZQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,105 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Kissing Bandit" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

It is great for the whole family, very clean.
M. Ahlborn
They seemed to lack a little something to me because they were just inserted into the movie.
Picky viewer
Katheryn Grayson is beautiful and she and Frank Sinatra, sing heavenly.
Rosella Ann Myles

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Silva on January 20, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This one is by no means a great musical, but is an amiable, entertaing music-comedy from Hollywood's and MGM's Golden Era, produced by the Joe Pasternak Unit (not the more "artistic" Freed Unit), which usually produced the musicals which starred such performers as Kathryn Grayson, Jane Powell, Mario Lanza, Esther Williams, June Allyson, Van Johnson, etc.

I first saw this film as a small kiddie on a local TV channel and was highly amused by it, on one of those boring winter afternoons after school (I didn't do my homework, watched this movie instead and I haven't regretted it in over 21 years).

Sinatra stars as the highly-impressionable, shy, mild, bandit of the title, who's unwilling to inherit his father's credits as one of the most notorious rogues of California. Grayson looks very pretty as the Governor's daughter and gets to sing some nice songs. J. Carrol Naish more or less steals the show as Sinatra's mentor and sidekick and Mildred Natwick, as Grayson's aunt, is equally funny. Clinton Sundberg is also quite funny as the Governor's (Mikhail Rasumny) Colonel, who's continually being "demoted" by him.

Musical Highest point: The highly energetic dance-ensemble by the great Ann Miller & Cyd Charisse, who "confront" each other, over Ricardo Montalban's affections.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The reviews I had read about this film were not very good and it had put me of purchasing it, but I'm glad I did as I find it a very funny film that is everything a good musical should be. I think Frank Sinatra is good in the film even though it is said that this film destoyed his career, but then maybe my tastes are different from most.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2004
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It seems to me that the studios found themselves with an enormous talent on their hands named Frank Sinatra, but did not know what to do with him. So they stuck him in these silly films that would appeal to his bobby soxer fans (who'll see anything he's in good or bad) to make a fast buck. The studio was really doing him and his audience a disservice by not making better use of his talents with excellent scripts and songs. Wasted talent. Anyway, Frank sings nicely and looks adorable in his period costumes, but why must they keep casting him as the innocent lunkhead--very repititious casting. There is no reason a romantic comedy couldn't be better written. This is still a fun film to watch for Frank fans (and I guess Grayson fans and other minor character actors).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andre Villemaire on August 26, 2008
Format: DVD
You cant really compare a movie with Frank Sinatra and Kathryn to a movie with Mario Lanza with Kathryn Grayson as they are both very much different. But as this title brought back memories of movies that ive seen as a kid...i was very pleased that i found it and it happens to be kind of funny, filled with adventure, songs and dances. Nice to see old Franky, refreshenly young and not being too serious. Kathryn and Frank songs are pleasant enough and so is this movie from beginning to end. And ive notice that kathryn grayson has some great close-ups of her face when she is falling in love with Frank.... Lots of color.... a Keeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Billman on May 15, 2008
Format: DVD
"The Kissing Bandit" illustrates that even the "Master" of film musicals (MGM) could create a mediocre product. Several of the previous reviewers have written that seeing it again brought back happy memories of their childhood - but a young person watching it today will rightfully ask "What was THAT?" The strength of the MGM music department is in full display, but the use of its contract players is questionable. And the complete disregard for ethnicity is laughable. I have to give credit to Frank Sinatra for being a "good sport" and his natural charm and acting ability. Luckily, he finally "grew into" roles that showed him to advantage. As part of the Frank Sinatra Collection, it has value. In ordering this set, I think we all realized that it was a economically priced set (no "extras," no remastering, limited chapters, etc.) so my expectations were not too high. As a musical film collector, I simply wanted to have a DVD copy of the musicals included. But I have a "bone" to pick with Warnervideo over the lazy and shoddy work. On the liner notes (which contains the only information for the viewer) it states: "Ann Miller, Cyd Charisse and Ricardo Montalban sway, swirl and clackety-clack through the vibrant, flamenco-style 'Dance of Fury' number choreographed by Stanley Donen." Then, as we begin watching the film, in the opening credits, there is a full-screen credit that tells us "Fiesta Dance Specialty - Ricardo Montalban, Ann Miller, Cyd Charisse, created by Robert Alton." The truth of the matter is that when the studio heads viewed the first cut of the film, they realized that it needed more excitement, color and movement other than the interesting whip dance performed by Sono Osato - choreographed by Mr. Donen. Mr. Donen had gone on to another film assignment so they asked Mr.Read more ›
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By Picky viewer on May 14, 2008
Format: DVD
Watching this movie for the first time I wasn't really sure of what to expect. But I was plasently suprised to find out how funny and greatly entertaining it was.

The story begins with a group of unkempt looking bandits awaiting the arrival of there past leaders son to take over the "family business". When the son of the Kissing Bandit arrives, they find out that that he is not only a softy from the east, but he thinks he is taking over his father's buisness as inkeeper, and knows nothing of his father's less then honorable career as a bandit. So, making do with what they have, the bandits begin to train him in the ways of his father only to have him fall into blunder after blunder, and in love with the Governor's daughter (Kathryn Grayson).

Of course you know with such casting as Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson, that this has to be a musical. Though there are some good dance profomances, especialy the fiesta dance number feturing Cyd Chirisse, Anne Milller, and Ricardo Montalban, I felt that the songs could have been stronger and more supportive of the story. They seemed to lack a little something to me because they were just inserted into the movie. Not that they weren't nice numbers, but the plot of the story didn't seem to weigh heavy on the shoulders of the preformances. In other words if I had seen the movie without them, I wouldn't have missed them.

All in all though I would say that this is a great movie, and definitely worth watching. I do think though that this movie could probably be enjoyed more by a viewer that likes musicals anyways apposed to the just any veiwer.
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