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Bringing up Infante: Parkway pays tribute to heartthrob

Pedro Infante
Peliculas Rodriguez, S.A. de C.V.
Serial lady-killer Pedro Infante in 1946's "Los tres garcía."

 

Think George Clooney is a lady-killer? Legend has it that Mexican women committed suicide upon discovering the death by plane crash of Mazatlán-born crooner and screen hunk Pedro Infante at the yummy age of 39.

The impressively beefy man, who appeared topless in many of his 60-odd films, had been married for many years. But his ever-broadening number of mistresses gave hope to female fans until the end and even beyond. Another legend has it that Infante somehow survived his terrible crash in 1957 and lives incognito in the Sierra Nevadas.

Minneapolitan fans needn't travel that far to see him, though, as the newly revived Parkway Theater — now owned by restaurateur Joe Minjares of neighboring Pepitos — has two days remaining in its "Festival Infante" series, billed as a U.S. exclusive.

The Parkway's program today and tomorrow includes double features of "Los tres garcía" (1946) and "Los tres huastecos" (1948): In "García" (Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. and Thursday at 9:35 p.m.), Infante plays the most charming of three cousins who vie for the hand of young Lupita (Marga López); in "Huastecos" (Wednesday at 4:50 p.m. and Thursday at 7:15 p.m.), he plays three siblings — a priest, a soldier, and an atheist outlaw.

Both films are proto-Bollywood musical comedies and irresistible tributes to the Mexican pop star whose flirtatious ranchera tune, "They Say I Am a Womanizer," proves that what "they" say can sometimes be true. (Listen to Infante here.)

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