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Machine Gun Mama

A comedy about a Brooklyn man and a Mexican circus, with more laughs than plot, but guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Machine Gun Mama is a 1944 American musical comedy film directed by Harold Young (director). It was Producers Releasing Corporation's attempt to feature a comedy team to compete with Universal's Abbott and Costello and Paramount's Road to … movies and their entry in the Good Neighbor Policy film genre of the time where the United States presented both a positive image to Latin and South America as well as stimulating American tourism to the region. Harold Young had also directed the live action portions of Walt Disney's The Three Caballeros.
The film had the working titles Mexican Fiesta and Moonlight Fiesta but is also known as Tropical Fury as an American TV title of the film.

Plot summary

Two truck drivers from Brooklyn travel to Mexico to deliver an elephant named "Bunny", but they have lost the address of where Bunny is to be delivered to. Adopting the elephant as their own, the two stumble into a traveling carnival headed by Alberto Cordoba and his daughter Nita. The carnival is destitute and menaced by loan sharks. The two Americans sell Bunny to the carnival to replace their recently departed flea circus but agree not to accept their payment until the carnival regains its fortune thanks to Bunny and Brooklyn "Media circus". The loan sharks attempt a variety of dirty tricks against the gringos.
The title comes from a furious Nita turning a compressed air pellet firing machine gun carnival attraction on the Americans.


  • Armida (actress) as Nita Cordoba
  • El Brendel as Ollie Swenson
  • Wallace Ford as John O'Reilly
  • Jack La Rue as Jose
  • Luis Alberni as Ignacio
  • Ariel Heath as The Blonde
  • Julian Rivero as Alberto Cordoba
  • Eumenio Blanco as First Detective
  • Anthony Warde as Carlos


  • "Mi Amor" (Written by Sam Neuman and Michael Breen)
  • "Moonlight Fiesta" (Written by Sam Neuman and Michael Breen)


Category:1944 films
Category:American films
Category:English-language films
Category:Spanish-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:1940s musical comedy films
Category:1940s romantic comedy films
Category:Films set in Mexico
Category:American adventure comedy films
Category:Producers Releasing Corporation films
Category:Films directed by Harold Young (director)

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