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The Grey Automobile (1919)

El automóvil gris (original title)
A gang terrorizes Mexico City's high society on 1915. Murder, kidnaping and robbery are their trademarks. One police inspector (Cabrera) follows the gang crimes and eventually send them to ... See full summary »


Enrique Rosas




Credited cast:
Joaquín Coss Joaquín Coss ... Don Vicente González
Juan de Homs Juan de Homs ... Higinio Granda
Manuel de los Ríos Manuel de los Ríos ... Ángel García Chao
María Teresa Montoya María Teresa Montoya ... Risco's wife (as María Tereza Montoya)
Dora Vila Dora Vila ... Ernestina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valentín Asperó Valentín Asperó ... Luis Hernández
Juan Manuel Cabrera Juan Manuel Cabrera ... Inspector
Enrique Cantalaúba Enrique Cantalaúba ... Rubio Navarrete
Russo Conde Russo Conde ... El Plegado
Ángel Esquivel Ángel Esquivel ... Francisco Oviedo
Francisco Ferriz Francisco Ferriz
María Mercedes Ferriz María Mercedes Ferriz ... Carmen
Miguel Ángel Ferriz ... Rafael Mercadante
Ernesto Finance ... Bernardo Quintero
Antonio Galé Antonio Galé ... Millionaire Mancera
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A gang terrorizes Mexico City's high society on 1915. Murder, kidnaping and robbery are their trademarks. One police inspector (Cabrera) follows the gang crimes and eventually send them to the jail. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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Alternate Versions

Originally released as a twelve-episodes series, 6 and a half hours long (unavailable today). Shorten in 1933, to become a 117 minutes feature film (sound added). Shorten again in the 60s, to a version of 111 minutes. The restored version done by Cineteca Nacional de México was reconstructed to 223 minutes. See more »


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Mexican silent serial.
7 November 2015 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Celebrated Mexican serial continued circulating into the sound period.

The use of real events separates the film from other contemporary serial movies. Like the French anarchist Bonnot gang, the criminals here pioneer the use of a motor vehicle in the robberies and kidnappings they commit wearing military uniforms. The film follows the exploits of individual gang members and characters, like a victim who joins law enforcement to pursue them, or real life Police Chief Juan Manuel Cabrera appearing and working on the script.

Undercharacterized and short on action or dramatic highlights at a reconstructed fuzzy pink four hours, it remains an intriguing artifact when you consider it's enduring popularity on it's home turf.

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Release Date:

11 December 1919 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grey Automobile See more »

Filming Locations:

Apam, Hidalgo, Mexico See more »

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| (1937 shortened sound)

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1.33 : 1
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