Mexico: Playing It Straight

On the screen, Cantinflas is Latin America's perpetual Poor Soul, who stumbles from woe to woe in a series of pratfalls. As Phileas Fogg's spirited gentleman's gentleman, he blundered merrily Around the World in 80 Days. Mario Moreno, as Cantinflas is known in private life, bears little resemblance to the helpless clown with the split mustache. He is one of the richest men in Mexico, with an income of something like $350,000 a year, lives like a potentate in five homes attended by a staff of 18 servants. He flies his own DC-3, has a private bull ring, and...

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