Cantinflas tribute at the Million Dollar Theater
Cantinflas, the great Mexican comic actor, was a master of idiotic double-speak, spouting utter gibberish as if he were uttering pearls of wisdom. Remarkably, he never even served in the U.S. Congress.
On Aug. 12, he'll be honored by the L.A.-based Cervantes Center of Arts and Letters at the Million Dollar Theater in dowtown L.A. with a 7:30 p.m. screening of one of his best early films, "The Circus" (El Circo), a 1943 comedy, shown in Spanish with English supertitles.
The evening also will include a "digital image presentation" titled "Cantinflas in Los Angeles." It's billed as an exploration of the work and public appearances in the City of Angels by the actor, who was born Mario Moreno in Mexico City 100 years ago, in 1911, and died in 1993. Some of Moreno's old acquaintances will be on hand at the event to share their reminiscences.
According to the event's promoters, Moreno was very appreciative of his L.A. fans and sometimes made personal appearances at L.A. movie theaters where his films were premiered, including the historic Million Dollar. There's more information about the event here. For a sample of Cantinflas' gift for gab, go here.
— Reed Johnson
Photo: Cantinflas, right, and Bing Crosby in a scene from the 1960 film "Pepe," the comedian's last Hollywood movie. Credit: Associated Press.