A husband's suave exterior unravels after his marriage, and he unleashes his paranoid and volatile temper on his wife, which escalate to more dangerous and unpredictable tantrums.



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Complete credited cast:
Francisco Galván de Montemayor
Gloria Vilalta
Aurora Walker ...
Doña Esperanza Vilalta
Carlos Martínez Baena ...
Padre Velasco
Manuel Dondé ...
Rafael Banquells ...
Ricardo Luján
Fernando Casanova ...
Lic. Beltrán
José Pidal ...
Padre prior
Roberto Meyer ...
Luis Beristáin ...
Raúl Conde


Francisco is rich, rather strict on principles, and still a bachelor. After meeting Gloria by accident, he is suddenly intent on her becoming his wife and courts her until she agrees to marry him. Francisco is a dedicated husband, but little by little his passion starts to exhibit disturbing traits. Nevertheless, Gloria meets with scepticism as she expresses her worries to their acquaintances. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Release Date:

9 July 1953 (Mexico)  »

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This Strange Passion  »

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1.37 : 1
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References The Rules of the Game (1939) See more »

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Probably best watched after Archibaldo....
23 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although slightly more melodramatic, I feel this does have the edge over the later, 'Criminal Life of Archibaldo de La Cruz', which covers similar territory with more humour. A gripping and frightening tale of obsession that has a surprisingly large amount of echoes of Hitchcock's later, 'Vertigo' and seemingly that director took the bell tower sequence in its entirety. Still, who cares, great films remain great films, even when their inspiration may be revealed. The ending is low key but we are left in little doubt as to the state of mind of our hero/villain. Great performances help what might have seemed a preposterous tale, ring only too true. Probably best watched after Archibaldo, then the impact will be all the more great.

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