The Rock of Souls (1943)
"El peñón de las Ánimas" (original title)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  28 April 1944 (USA)
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A rancher and a refined lady from the city fall in love each other. But the 200-years-fight between their families, will threaten their romantic relationship.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Negrete ...
María Félix ...
María Ángela Valdivia
René Cardona ...
Miguel Ángel Ferriz ...
Don Braulio
Carlos López Moctezuma ...
María Ángela's grandfather
Virginia Manzano ...
Conchita Gentil Arcos ...
Madame (as Concha Gentil Arcos)
Manuel Dondé ...
Roberto Cañedo
Julio Ahuet
Hernán Vera
Paco Astol
Paco Martínez
Trío Calaveras
Armando Sáenz


The love between María Ángela and Fernando is impossible because there's an ancient history of hate between their families. His father killed hers, and other family members have killed each other for years. When María Ángela's grandfather finds she's in love with Fernando, he frames the young man and forces her to marry Manuel. Maria Ángela finds that Manuel doesn't love her and together plan her escape with Fernando. But things go wrong and the lovers find their destiny in The Spirit's Canyon (El Penon de las Animas). Written by Maximiliano Maza <>

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A star-crossed couple fights against prejudice and hate in rural Mexico
2 February 2015 | by (Colombia) – See all my reviews

The plot is loosely based on the Shakespeare drama Romeo and Juliet, transferred to the early XX Century rural areas of Mexico. This movie, shot in Mexico's Film Golden Age portrays two of the biggest stars of Mexico. The superb actor and singer Jorge Negrete, and, in her debut, Maria Felix, known to later generations of Latin Americans as "la Doña", who would become the greatest female star of Mexican cinema. Since the plot comes from the Shakespearian tragedy, the outcome is predicable. But the movie has very good acting and a nice rhythm. I particularly liked the dance scene, with good choreography and compelling acting of both stars, who later in their lives, would become a married couple. This is a good, if not superb, movie, which would be very interesting to people interested in the Mexican cinema history.

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