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Ninón Sevilla ...
Tito Junco ...
Lucio Sáenz / El Guapo
Andrea Palma ...
Rosaura de Cervera
Rubén Rojo ...
Mario Cervera
Miguel Inclán ...
Rengo
Jorge Mondragón ...
Pacomio Rodríguez
Maruja Grifell ...
Consuelo Tejero, Elena's mother
Luis López Somoza ...
Ricardo Cervera
María Gentil Arcos ...
Petra, Rosaura's maid
Miguel Manzano ...
El Rana
Armando Osório
Pedro Vargas ...
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Ana María González ...
Herself - Singer
Arturo Soto Urena
Los Panchos ...
Themselves - Music group (as Trío Los Panchos)
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Left alone after her mother runs off with another man and her father kills himself, Elena attempts to make a new life for herself in a new city. Believing he's a friend, Elena goes to dinner with "Pretty Boy" Lucio, but he drugs her champagne and sells her to Rosaura, who runs a brothel out of her nightclub. Elena becomes a sensation as a dancer, but all the while she nurtures plans of revenge against those who have conspired against her. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Part Noir, Part Musical, All Marvelous Melodrama!
16 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

Although they are often linked abroad, music and noir don't usually go together in Hollywood movies. Two exceptions are Anthony Mann's 1944 Minstrel Man and Gregory Ratoff's 1939 Rose of Washington Square in which Tyrone Power plays an even sleazier and less likable male lead than Tito Junco in Alberto Gout's celebrated Mexican noir melodrama, Aventurera (1950). At least Junco manages to stay on his feet, whereas Power not only runs out on and sells out the singing heroine (Alice Faye), but is deservedly beaten up by the comedian, as well as jumping bail and betraying his friends. He's not only a sneaky, repulsive, self-serving little rat like Junco, but he's cowardly as hell as well, which puts him one up on the Mexican "pretty boy". Like Rose, Aventurera is superbly photographed (by Alex Phillips) and also boasts a splendid gallery of supporting figures, led by Andrea Palmer's Joan Crawford-like madame and Miguel Inclan's remarkable Rengo who starts off as the most despicable criminal in the movie, yet becomes at the film's end by far the most sympathetic – and without changing his character! He's still just as hideously loathsome, but now we like him! A remarkable acting job by Miguel Inclan – and all in dumb show. He doesn't speak a word. And as for the lavish staging of the musical numbers, Aventurera easily gets the nod. Albert Ketelbey's "In a Persian Market" receives a truly rousing treatment not only from the orchestra and dancer-choreographer-heroine Ninon Sevilla, but from veteran film editor, Alfredo Rosas Priego (no less than 240 movies, would you believe?). As for Senorita Sevilla, she is nothing short of marvelous. (The film is available on two good DVDs, but the unsubtitled release has far better sound).


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