Dime with a Halo

Dime with a Halo is a 1963 film directed by Boris Sagal. It stars Barbara Luna and Rafael López.

Dime with a Halo
Directed byBoris Sagal
Written byHans Wilhelm,
László Vadnay
StarringBarbara Luna
Music byRonald Stein
CinematographyPhilip H. Lathrop
Edited byRalph E. Winters
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
May 1963
Running time
94 min.
CountryUnited States

Plot and production notes

Four thieving street urchins, led by Chuy, bet $2 on a pick-six horse race every week. A kindly American, Mr. Jones, places their bet for them while visiting Tijuana each week to indulge himself at strip clubs and with prostitutes. The gang is joined by a new kid in town, Jose, whose sister, Juanita, is stripping at a local club. To get some luck, the kids decide to steal a dime from the church poor box to "make Jesus a partner" in the bet. They win $81,000. Unwilling to trust an adult to cash in their ticket, Juanita contacts Mr. Jones in Los Angeles. Mr. Jones drives down to cash in the bet, but has a heart attack as he does so. The ticket flutters away in the breeze. Unable to find the betting ticket, the boys return the dime to the poor box.

Dime with a Halo was the last movie issued by the Hal Roach Studios. Boris Sagal used Roach's forlorn, run down facilities because they looked like a decaying Mexican city.[1]


Cast members include:[2]


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2014-05-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Synopsis by Hal Erickson (1963-05-01). "Dime with a Halo (1963) - Boris Sagal | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
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