The Mexican Don Simon de Lira is based on Velnone, a comedy by British playwright Ben Jonson. Joaquin Paldave heads the cast as a foolish old millionaire who is easily flim-flammed by everyone he meets. Particularly susceptible to women, Paldave comes to grief at the hands of a bewitching young damsel. Though filmed in Mexico, the story is set in France, and highlighted by an extended Can-Can dance sequence. Mercilessly drubbed by Mexican critics, Don Simon de Lira proved a success with the general public.
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