The El Rey on Central & 7th Downtown. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Comment by Izquierdo on November 22, 2012 at 1:26pm

I love the El Rey. I often went there with my friend, Pete Benavidez. It showed only Spanish language movies and the one I remembered, made in October, 1953, as I just learned over the Internet, was "Cuatro Horas antes de Morir," about a guy who had been given a poison drink and had twenty hours to catch the killer before he died. He succeeded. Then he died. Or at least that's what I remember. I think the front sign and the neon is exactly the same as it was in the 1950s. We probably didn't see "Cuatro Horas" until 1955 or 56, but it may have been an Albuquerque premier because it was the only inside theater that had Spanish films, as I remember. I guess I should go back today and see "Happy Thanksgiving". Good shooting, Dee! Also the Mexican comedian Cantinflas, who later won fame in the flick "Around the World in 80 Days," was often the star in Spanish language movies of the day.

Comment by misterhinkydink on November 22, 2012 at 2:40pm
That sounds like a remake of 'D.O.A.' with Edmond O'Brien.
Comment by Izquierdo on November 22, 2012 at 3:46pm

Hmmm. Was D.O.A. made prior to 1953? May be. I'll look it up.

Comment by Dee Cohen on November 22, 2012 at 4:17pm

It does sound like D.O.A. -made in 1950 so it could be.

ABQ is truly noir, isn't it?

I was happy to get this shot after the rain. Nothing more noir than wet streets. Thanks for commenting, Dee

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