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El socio (1946)

A failed businessman starts lying to people telling them he has a fictitious foreign associate, which turns out to be the key for him to start being successful.


Roberto Gavaldón


Tito Davison (adaptation), Jenaro Prieto (novel) (as Genaro Prieto)
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Cast overview:
Hugo del Carril ... Julián Pardo
Gloria Marín ... Anita Velasco
Nelly Montiel ... Graciela
Clifford Carr ... Samuel Goldenberg (as Cliff Carr)
Rafael Alcayde ... Luis (as Rafael Alcaide)
Federico Mariscal Federico Mariscal ... Pedrito (as niño Federico Mariscal Jr.)
Octavio Martínez Octavio Martínez ... Sr. Gutiérrez
José Morcillo ... Coronel Ramírez
Vicente Padula Vicente Padula ... Don Fortunato
Luis G. Barreiro Luis G. Barreiro ... Don Ramiro
Roberto Meyer Roberto Meyer ... Cipriano
Juan Pulido Juan Pulido ... Inventor
Raymundo Guizar Raymundo Guizar
Beatriz Ramos Beatriz Ramos ... Esposa de Davis
Susana Guízar Susana Guízar ... Leonor


A failed businessman starts lying to people telling them he has a fictitious foreign associate, which turns out to be the key for him to start being successful.

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Adventure | Drama







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18 April 1946 (Mexico) See more »

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Canción desesperada See more »

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Written by Atilio Bruni and Ernesto Cortázar
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The Associate
11 December 2017 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

The novel "El socio" (1928) by Chilean writer Jenaro Prieto has even served as a for Whoopi Goldberg's vehicle. Therefore, it is not rare that in 1946 (the year of Prieto's death) the Argentine tango-singing superstar Hugo del Carril starred in another version, in addition to those made in England, Italy, Spain and France, plus two TV series in Chile in latter years. The most remarkable feature of this Roberto Gavaldón film comes from the novel, a satirical vision of financial speculation in "Dumbland" (as Prieto called Chile), but, in truth, the machinations seen here are similar to those of many places in the world. While the plot works well in mid-1940s Mexico, the presence of Del Carril in those lands is not justified satisfactorily, but… Don Hugo was the famous tango singer, so screenwriter Tito Davison inserted a few musical numbers. It is not the case as in Gavaldón's "Historia de un amor", where the leading lady was an artist, so Libertad Lamarque did not stop singing. In his eighth feature film (of the 55 he directed), Gavaldón is not at ease with satire. In fact, in the 20-odd titles I have seen of his filmography, he showed a predilection for seriousness. The vision is interesting and enjoyable, and it is undeniable that, although fresh, Gavaldón knew the trade, but he replaced the satirical tone with a switch from drama to comedy and back to the beginning again. Therefore, that it is Jenaro Prieto who sets the rule, from the pages of his novel. Do not be surprised if any of these days a Chinese or Turkish version of "El socio" appears.

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