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The Nail (1944)

El clavo (original title)
A rural magistrate tries to solve the mystery of a man's death that turns to murder in the light of new events, while searching for his lost love, a beautiful and enigmatic woman who suddenly disappeared.


Rafael Gil


Pedro Antonio de Alarcón (story) (as Pedro A. de Alarcón), Eduardo Marquina (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amparo Rivelles ... Blanca (as Amparito Rivelles)
Rafael Durán ... Javier Zarco
Juan Espantaleón ... Juan
Milagros Leal ... Señora autoritaria
Joaquín Roa ... Berrugo
Irene Caba Alba ... Anciana testigo
Ramón Martori ... Fiscal
Rafaela Satorrés Rafaela Satorrés ... Doña Blanca
Manuel Arbó ... Don Eduardo
Jesús Tordesillas ... Presidente del Consejo
Adela González Adela González ... Criada ordinaria
José Franco ... Gerente del hotel
José Portes José Portes ... Ramírez
Julio Infiesta Julio Infiesta ... Reyes
Félix Fernández ... Bizquerra


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A judge and a beautiful young woman met during a trip and fell in love, but soon she disappeared. Years later, the judge finds in a cemetery a skull pierced by a nail. Then he decides to investigate the case and suspicion of murder falls on the woman who must marry the deceased. Written by jsanchez

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Crime | Drama | Romance


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Love, crime and duty
25 August 2002 | by dcastro1See all my reviews

"El Clavo" is based upon a short story by the spanish romantic writer P.A. de Alarcón. But the scriptwriters did a good job: the original story was just about 20 pages long!

It starts as the story of a judge and his lover. They decide to start a new life together but... the woman simply disappears.

After some years, the judge finds a skull with a nail in his backbone. It's an unsolved crime. Finding who the murderer was will also let him know something about the woman he loved.

If you ever get the chance to see it, i think you'll enjoy it!

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11 November 1944 (Portugal) See more »

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