Run, Buddy, Run

Season 1 Episode 5

Grand Mexican Hotel

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 1966 on CBS
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Buddy has finally made it to Mexico. He stops at the "Hotel de Puerto Grande"-- Puerto Grande is a small, poor town: nobody stays there, people only drive through on their way to Mexico City. Buddy is broke, but for $3 he gets a hotel room; the kindly proprietor Jose tells Buddy that for $3 he can stay until another guest needs his room-- in other words, as long as he likes. Jose's wife is just called Mama; they have a son Pepe around 12, and a very beautiful daughter Rosita in her early 20s. Buddy suggests that they can attract tourists by putting out fliers saying they have fiestas there. Buddy writes brochures and gets them printed; Pepe distributes them all over town. By sheer coincidence, Mr. D., Junior and Wendell are driving to a business meeting in Mexico City. Like others, they are driving through Puerto Grande. But since the meeting isn't for a couple of days, Junior suggests they check into the local hotel: he just saw a flier advertising their "famous" fiestas. Buddy is out getting fiesta supplies when Mr. D. and company arrive at the hotel. But when they see the dilapidated place, Wendell quips, "I've broken out of better-looking jails than this." Jose greets the guests, and tells Mr. D. the presidential suite has just been vacated. Mr. D. sneers, "By who? Pancho Villa?" (he lived 1878-1923) But mischievous Pepe disables their car by stealing the distributor cap. When Mr. D. is forced to stay in the ramshackle accommodations, he fumes he'd like to kill the guy who wrote these brochures "even more than Buddy Overstreet!" (if only he knew they were one and the same!) Buddy comes back to the hotel, and gulps when he sees the long, black limo. Buddy wants to run, but Jose says he is a "master of disguises" and will disguise Buddy so no one will recognize him. (he puts a fake moustache on him.) With his identity thus concealed, Buddy plays the horn and sings for the guests. Lovely Rosita does the traditional Mexican hat dance. Rosita dances with Junior, a lady guest dances with Wendell, Mama dances with Mr. D. -- soon everyone is dancing. At one point, Buddy and Mr. D. are dancing in a circle around each other! But then Buddy's "disguise" falls off; Mr. D. picks it up and says, "You dropped your moustache, Overstreet." Mr. D. does a double-take: "Overstreet!" Since Buddy doesn't have a car, he jumps on a burro and rides away. Since Mr. D.'s car is missing the distributor cap, Mr. D. and Wendell hop on a cart pulled by a burro and give chase; but as Wendell quips, "even Ben Hur couldn't make this cart go any faster." Buddy gets away again. (synopsis by: kdh) [trivia: Henry Calvin is best remembered for playing big, good-natured Sergeant Garcia in the "Zorro" (1957) TV series.] [note: the end credits read: "and introducing Begonia Palacios." Actually, they were only introducing Begoña (1941-2000) to American audiences. This beautiful actress had already been in 20 Mexican movies, since she was 18 years old. The only movie shown in the USA was "El Vampiro sangriento" (1962) -- aka "The Bloody Vampire" (USA: TV title). In 1965, Begoña Palacios married film director Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984) while he was in Mexico, filming the movie she was acting in: "Major Dundee" ; she was his 2nd wife.]moreless

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