The handsome singing cowboy and his willy partner soon find themselves at the door of a small oil field operated by José Enrique (Francisco Jambrina), a former Argentinian who cannot find workers since the local oil barons have threatened them if they dare attempt employment with his company. José refuses to sell out to the bully barons but is quickly going broke. The loquacious Gerardo convinces the entrepreneur to hire them, and the two quickly go about finding local workers, allowing José’s oil field to return to full operation.
In real life Lamarque had long been an Argentine film star, who in her best works brought her tango-inspired singing with her beauty and acting abilities together, wowing her audiences. She also attracted the attention of then Colonel Juan Perón, who had been dating Eva Duarte. The two publicly dueled over the fast-rising officer, at one point Lamarque slapping Duarte’s face when she dared sit upon her movie-shooting chair. Of course, we all know who won this battle of love for Perón, and when Duarte and Peron married, Lamarque’s films were banned in Argentina, the actress forced to flee to Mexico.
The stylish singer, it is apparent in this film, was a provocative performer, and soon catches the eye the good-hearted cowboy. Although she at first suspects him and Demetrio, who now run her brother’s business, as being guilty in his death, she also falls in love with him. And some of the best moments of Buñuel’s work are the musical interludes with the two almost ridiculously lusting over the very performances of one another.