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Series cast summary:
 Plinio (6 episodes, 1971-1972)
Alfonso del Real ...
 Don Lotario (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
Antonio Gamero ...
 Cabo Maleza (3 episodes, 1971-1972)


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Excellent Spanish TV series unusual and high quality.
29 January 2013 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

"Manuel Gonzalez", "Plinio", head of the GMT (Tomelloso Municipal Guard), was a very popular in Spain since the 50s and 60s, when Francisco Garcia Pavon published the first stories. His first short stories and novels take place in the dictatorship of General Primo de Rivera, with "Don Lotario" driving a yellow Ford T in a town where the cars are the usual means of transport. The rest of his work elapses after the Civil War and the beginning of democracy, with tractors and cars and disrupting the peaceful town "Don Lotario" driving a SEAT 600. Despite the temporary jump "Plinio" has not aged.

The TV series includes four titiles: "Los Carros vacíos", "Carnaval", "El Charco de sangre" and "El huésped de la habitación número cinco" of two chapters each.

The series "Plinio" was an excellent work for Spanish television in 1971, by Antonio Jimenez Rico. The script for the series was written by José Luis Garci, production by José Antonio Zaplana, photography by Jose Luis Alcaine and Bernaola music. The main character of the series, was very well played by Antonio Casal, who along with his friend "Don Lotario" role played Alfonso del Real solved crimes and crimes happening in the city.

"Plinio" is a quiet and patient man, sometimes weeps helplessly. His art is based on police intelligence and instinct. He uses his intuition, his knowledge of the human heart and the townspeople to solve small or big crimes that occur in your area. Mean we do not find in their stories more classic elements of police work: analysis of fingerprints, autopsies, reconstructions of crimes ...

"Plinio" was an excellent Spanish series of only eight episodes, which has never been forgotten by the quality of its scripts, being a wise adaptation of the stories of García Pavón, production took place in 1971, although premiered in March 1972.

The great success, both popular and critical, was due primarily to the literary quality of the series that started, and second to the great conjunction of elements, all of them excellent, which made "Plinio" atypical series, but close, very understandable by the average viewer. It's a series with great performers, a beautiful photography by José Luis Alcaine, a great soundtrack by Master Bernaola endearing characters, plus its undoubted intrigue.

It was a novelty on Spanish television by meeting a Spanish police, which had nothing to do with the classic American police then triumphed in TV. It was a great joy to be back to watch this excellent series of Spanish TV.

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