Ninon Sevilla stars as Elena in “Aventurera,” a 1950 Mexican film that remains a fascinating example of Mexican cinema. Sevilla reminds me of a Cuban Alice Faye, who famously played in the movie “Weekend in Havana,” which also stars Carman Miranda. Faye could dance a bit and sang great songs, but Sevilla could really move while performing the wonderful production numbers in the movie, including the Chiquita banana song — which mimics Carman Miranda’s wonderful song in “The Gang’s All Here” from 1943. Sevilla is also considerably sexier than Alice Faye, with a wicked attitude.
The plot revolves around revenge. After her mother runs off with another man, Elena’s father kills himself. Elena trusts the shady Lucio, but he sells her to a brothel/nightclub. Although Elena becomes a singing sensation in the club, she seeks revenge on the madam/club owner by marrying his squeaky clean lawyer son. Lots of highly dramatic soap opera episodes occur between production numbers, until Elena gets her revenge. The films is like a Carman Miranda musical combined with a Mexican soap opera combined with a film noir. After seeing this classic of Mexican cinema, I hope to see more Mexican movies soon.