Let's Go with Pancho Villa (1936)





Director:    Fernando de Fuentes

Starring:      Domingo Soler, Antonio R. Frausto

Pancho Villa, head of the army of the North,  1916, Mexico



Poor movie.  The picture is and looks old and the sound quality is not that good either.  The story is also nothing much of anything.  A group of six buddies from the rural village of San Pablo decide to join the forces of Pancho Villa fighting in the Mexican Revolution.   They meet with Pancho Villa and declare that they are some real tough hombres.  So they are nicknamed the "Lions".  And now with their newly elevated title, they are given the toughest combat assignments, as if they were trained army rangers. 

Even though the Lions are filled with quite a bit of bluster, they do score successes in their military missions.  The only problem is that with the bluster and the acclaim, the group starts sustaining casualties.  Along the way, they play some stupid game equivalent of Russian roulette that makes no sense at all, except to prove they and some of their comrades are full of it.

There is not much history reference at all in the movie.  The battles and places are not named, so the movie is not even interesting from an historical viewpoint.  You can skip this one. 

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D.


Historical Background:


See Viva Villa! (1934).






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