The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Feb. 7, 1944

Mexican Hayride (book by Herbert & Dorothy Fields; music & lyrics by Cole Porter; produced by Michael Todd) is a $225,000 tropical splurge. Better musicomedies have been swung on far less money, but Mexican Hayride is a smooth formula job — large-scale and lavish, with good dancing, fair tunes, pleasant people and plenty of Bobby Clark fun.

Zany Clark, of the sudden grrrr, the steady leer, the carousel-horse lope, is cast as a numbers racketeer hiding out from the FBI in Mexico. Pursuit of that fine fiction drives him into some startling new...

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