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Cantinflas is the apprentice of a renowned scientist, Prof. Arquimides Monteagudo (Carlos Martinez Baena). But Cantinflas has the soul of a poet rather than a serious researcher, and he ... See full summary »

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Cantinflas (as Mario Moreno "Cantinflas")
Perla Aguiar ...
Carlos Martínez Baena ...
Profesor Archimedes Monteagudo (as Carlos M. Baena)
Alejandro Cobo ...
Octavio
Aurora Walker ...
Angélica Montes
Alfredo Varela ...
Pepe Montes
José Pidal ...
Doctor Inocencio Violante
Eduardo Casado ...
Presidente de directorio petroleo
Francisco Jambrina ...
Fiscal
Pepe Martínez ...
Lic. Remigio Paredes
Felipe Montoya ...
Señor Humberto Moya
Rafael Icardo ...
Agustín Montes
Carmen Novelty ...
Hija de Angélica Montes
Armando Arriola ...
Ayudante de el Rosca
Jorge Treviño ...
El Rosca
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Cantinflas is the apprentice of a renowned scientist, Prof. Arquimides Monteagudo (Carlos Martinez Baena). But Cantinflas has the soul of a poet rather than a serious researcher, and he wants to find the formula that achieves the immortality of the roses. Nevertheless, after the death of Prof. Monteagudo, Cantinflas will be chased by a ferocious corporative group, who wants to steal the secret formula of a cheaper fuel named "carburex", because they think that our friend is the only person who knows the composition. Written by Alejandro Frias

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The Science of Comedy
11 October 2014 | by (Nottingham, UK) – See all my reviews

Cantinflas, The Mexican Charlie Chaplin, returns as the assistant to a great scientist in another rip-roaring comedy. The old professor (Carlos Martínez Baena) is seeking a formula to convert seawater into gasoline (which he's named "Carburex"). Of course there are numerous parties interesting in the formula, including a bogus doctor who steals discoveries, the ruthless family with whom the professor lives, the cold-hearted investor funding the experiments, and the Petroleum Co., who will literally turn to murder to stop Carburex seeing the light of day.

Of course, our friend Cantinflas becomes the target of all these sinister types (they believe he has the Carbulex formula), but all he wants to do is create a formula to prolong the life of flowers, and woo beautiful journalist Perla Aguiar. After surviving various assassination attempts, he's eventually taken to court for the film's lengthy – but funny – conclusion.

The two MacGuffins add a slight sci-fi premise to proceedings, but, obviously, this is foremost a comedy, and a good one too. It's not quite up there with 'One Day with the Devil', but not miles behind either. The comedy is mainly situation based, so translates well for English-speaking audiences, although there is some of the old nonsensical Cantinflas chattering, which obviously loses effect in translation. Still, there's enough entertainment here to make you question why Cantinflas films are relatively unknown outside of Spanish-speaking countries (he still makes around $4m a year for Columbia in overseas DVD sales).


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