This black comedy classic was adapted from horror master Arthur Machen's story “The Islington Mystery” by screenwriter Luis Alcoriza, a frequent collaborator of Luis Buñuel.
It tells the tale of quiet taxidermist Pablo Morales (former matinee idol Arturo de Córdova) who suffers the demands of his prudish and hypochondriac wife Gloria (Amparo Rivelles). Over the top performances and an ironic, final twist make this film by Rogelio A. González a timeless satire of weepy melodramas.
Starring: Arturo de Córdova, Amparo Rivelles, Elda Peralta, Guillermo Orea, Rosenda Monteros. Director: Rogelio A. González. Writer: Luis Alcoriza, based on the short story “The Islington Mystery” by Arthur Machen. Cinematographer: Victor Herrera. Producer: Sergio Kogan, Armando Espinosa. Editor: Jorge Bustos. Production designer: Edward Fitzgerald. Score: Raúl Lavista.
Mexico / 1960 / 92 minutes / black & white / Spanish with English subtitles