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The Illiterate One (1961)

El analfabeto (original title)
| Comedy | 1962 (USA)
A man who cannot read or write is given a letter that says he is the inheritor of two million pesos, which starts off a series of events regarding his job, love, and education.

Director:

Miguel M. Delgado

Writers:

Marcelo Salazar (original story), Juan López (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cantinflas ... Inocencio Prieto y Calvo
Lilia Prado ... Blanca Morales
Ángel Garasa ... Don Rómulo González
Sara García ... Doña Epifanita
Miguel Manzano ... Don Fermín
Carlos Agostí ... Licenciado Aníbal Guzmán
Daniel 'Chino' Herrera Daniel 'Chino' Herrera ... El Poca Luz
Fernando Soto ... 'El Sapo'
Guillermo Orea ... Comisario
Óscar Ortiz de Pinedo Óscar Ortiz de Pinedo ... Jesús López, notario público
Carlos Martínez Baena Carlos Martínez Baena ... Profesor
Judy Ponte Judy Ponte ... Ofelia González
María Teresa Rivas María Teresa Rivas ... Señora Refugio González (as Ma. Teresa Rivas)
Margarita Villegas Margarita Villegas
Luis Manuel Pelayo ... Ministerio Público (as Luis M. Pelayo)
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Storyline

A man who cannot read or write is given a letter that says he is the inheritor of two million pesos, which starts off a series of events regarding his job, love, and education.

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Analfabeto See more »

Filming Locations:

Guanajuato, Mexico See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Posa Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

In the Telemundo version that aired on September 4th, 2006, a CGI blackboard(with a CGI eraser optically added, as well) is placed at the top and bottom of the screen to hide the letterbox format. The credits are also sped up and some scenes are removed so the film can fit in a two-hour time slot with commercials. Most of the film is shown in a pan-and-scan format. See more »

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A Very Watcable "Innocent" Film
29 April 2012 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

This story is about Innocencio, played by Catinflas, who cannot read or write. He receives a letter and vows not to read it until he can read or write. The letter states he was to inherit two million pesos due to a deceased uncle, but Innocencio does not know this. In the interim, Innocencio gets a maintenance job at the local bank due to his being honest and also meets Blanca, played by the pretty Lilia Prado, who works as a maid for the rich people in town. They fall in love. By mistakenly dropping the letter he has not read yet, a few unscrupulous bank co-workers look to steal the money he is right to inherit. The draws to this film include the chemistry between Catinflas and Lilia Prado, as well as the general good versus evil theme which is part of the story. While not a great film, its a pleasant light comedy with very likable characters. I recommend it for that, as well as to see Catinflas and Lilia Prado together, who were both very popular actors in Mexican cinema for some time.


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