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In the Palm of Your Hand (1951)

En la palma de tu mano (original title)
A fortune teller blackmails a beautiful widow whose husband has recently died.

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Profesor Jaime Karin
Leticia Palma ...
Ada Cisneros de Romano
Ramón Gay ...
León Romano
Consuelo Guerrero de Luna ...
Señorita Arnold
Enriqueta Reza ...
Carmelita
Manuel Arvide ...
Inspector de policia (as Manuel Arbide)
Bertha Lehar ...
Señora del Valle
Lonka Becker ...
Dueña de restaurante
José Arratia ...
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Nicolás Rodríguez ...
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Guillermo Ramírez ...
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Ignacio García ...
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Carmen Montejo ...
Clara Stein
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Jaime Karin is an astrologer, fortune teller and a scam artist, who uses his wife who works in an elegant beauty salon, to find out information on future wealthy clients, through her he learns that a millionaire Vittorio Romano died shortly after learning of his wife's infidelity. Karin befriends the woman and learns that she and her lover murdered her husband, now the woman claims to love the astrologer and wants him to help her get rid of her lover. Written by anonymous

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21 June 1951 (Mexico)  »

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but Who's driving this car?
16 September 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Profesor" Karin (Arturo de Cordova) is a fortune teller. He works in conjunction with his assistant Clara (Carmen Montejo), whose job in a hairdresser's helps her to get information about Karin's clients. Clara is also Karin's girlfriend.

One day reading a newspaper Karin learns about the death of a millionaire, Vittorio Romano, leaving an inheritance of millions to his widow Ada Cisneros (Leticia Palma) and his nephew Leon (Ramon Gay). Karin sees something fishy in the business and decides to investigate the story on his own and maybe get his share.

He goes to Vittorio Romano's deathwatch and approaches the widow Ada, insinuating that Vittorio was his client and he knows a lot but he's a discreet man. Karin's fishing in troubled waters, he knows, but the result can be very rewarding from a financial point of view.

Karin notices that Ada (Vittorio's widow) and Leon (the nephew) stick together and the logical conclusion comes to his mind. Ada is afraid and wants to play with Karin, to watch his movements, and maybe....

Now we enter a cat and mouse play. We don't know who's really in control. And the story is somewhat misleading - what looks like a triangle ("Profesor" Karin, Ada Cisneros and Leon) is perhaps a twosome, or even a onesome. Karin thinks that he has everything under control. Has he? He has read Ada's hands and said something like that: "Your hands are beautiful and cruel. You like to crush things with your little teeth".

Ada (the stunning Leticia Palma) is incredibly beautiful and seducing. It's impossible to read her Mona Lisa smile, that bares little teeth that could belong to a hungry tigress. Underneath her ambiguous sweetness there's an iron will and, as Karin rightly diagnoses, the killing accuracy of a guillotine. He's on a game where he thinks he's the master. But who's driving this car? And Leon, what's his real place in this story? And what about Karin's girlfriend, Clara? We have here a psychological thriller told in all its shades and lights. Subtle suspense and sensuality permeate the story that grows to a crescendo till the surprising ending.


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