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Cuerda de presos (1956)

In 1890, a couple of the civil guard is forced to move a dangerous criminal from the town of Leon where he has been captured as far as Vitoria, where he will be judged.


Pedro Lazaga


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Prieto ... Cabo Antonio Pedroso
Germán Cobos ... Silvestre
Laly del Amo Laly del Amo ... Cándida
Lis Rogi Lis Rogi ... La mujer
Carmen Lozano Carmen Lozano ... María
Tina G. Vidal Tina G. Vidal ... Zoila (as Tina Vidal)
María Rey María Rey ... La novia
Rafael López Somoza ... Mayor Alegría (as Rafael L. Somoza)
Antonio Almorós Antonio Almorós ... Magencio
Santiago Rivero ... Sargento Coculina
Aníbal Vela ... Sargento Murias
Alfredo Muñiz Alfredo Muñiz ... Quinina
José G. Rey José G. Rey
José Cuenca José Cuenca ... (as José Mª Cuenca)
Luis Domínguez Luna Luis Domínguez Luna


In 1890, a couple of agents of the Spanish Civil Guard has to transfer a dangerous criminal from a town in León, where he has been captured, to Vitoria, where they will judge him. The road will be walked by the three men through a rough and abrupt terrain. Written by jsanchez

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31 August 1956 (Spain) See more »

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Ansara Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Good Lazaga film with splendid use of exteriors and interesting roles as well as stunning cinematography
1 March 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This classic of Spanish cinema set in 1890 contains an adequate aesthetic , top-notch acting , luxurious Black and White photography by Manuel Berenguer and appropriate production design by Sigfredo Burman . It deals with a dangerous killer nicknamed Sacamantecas (Fernando Sancho) has been detained and two Guardia Civil : Corporal Antonio Pedroso (Antonio Prieto) and Silvestre (Germán Cobos) are assigned to transport and survey him from province of Lion , passing various villages as Robla , Guardo , until Vitoria where he will be judged in criminal court . Along the way they find all kinds of obstacles , risks , and strange characters , such as a young couple attempting to make love , a French photographer who tries to ride his donkey , a shepherd , an evicted family , the train of the Robla , among others . They arrive in a village where are celebrating local parties , there they meet the Mayor (the great comedian Rafael L Somoza) who attempts to marry his twenty daughters .

This is a special road movie in which three characters travel throughout countryside , villages and twisted ways until their destination . This peculiar film has crudeness , roughness , and a particular strength . Its interest preferentially lies in the portrayal of villagers and including psychological characterization of the main roles . ¨Cuerda De Presos¨ is simple but otherwise earnest little story , resulting to be an acceptable film , though it drags at times , balancing in ups and downs ; turning out to be entertaining enough . The main actors give nice interpretations , such as Antonio Prieto who starred ¨ For fistful of dollars¨ by Sergio Leone and German Cobos Cobos who played a lot of Paella/Chorizo or Tortilla Western filmed in Spain such as : ¨Hombre De La Diligencia¨ by Jose Maria Elorrieta¨, ¨Fuerte Perdido¨, ¨Secret of Captain O'Hara¨ by Arturo Ruiz del Castillo , ¨Wanted¨ by Giorgio Ferroni and ¨Blood calls to Blood¨ by Luigi Capuano . Special mention for Fernando Sancho as criminal ¨Sacamantecas¨ who killed eight victims , he gives an awesome and unforgettable performance . And compelling work of the remaining cast . There are fine technicians and nice production design , creating an enjoyable scenario with natural outdoors , mountainous landscapes under a glimmer sun and an atmospheric set on the villages.

Here stands out the evocative cinematography by Antonio L Ballesteros who shows splendidly the ambient by that time . Evocative as well as atmospheric soundtrack by Enrique Franco . This motion picture ¨Cord of prisoners¨ , one of the pinnacles of the fifties , produced by Santos Alcocer was professionally written/directed by Pedro Lazaga , though it has some flaws and gaps . It was exhibited several years later its shooting , and obtained a flop at the box office , though had rave reviews . This picture rarely seen even day-present , incomprehensibly ; however , being well considered . Lazaga was a Spanish craftsman who directed various film with the popular comic player Paco Martinez Soria . Pedro was a prolific director and writer, known for Los Chicos Del Preu (1967), Cuerda De Presos (1956) and María Morena (1951). He directed all kind of genres such as Peplum : Siete Espartanos , Wartime : Cuerda De Presos , Posicion Avanzada , Torrepartida , La Patrulla ; Drama : Rostro De Asesino , Otro Arbol De Guernica , but especially known for comedies in low budget . Director Pedro Lazaga made , during the fifties and early sixties , eight films , mostly comedies : ¨Muchachas De Azul¨, Ana Dice Si¨. ¨Luna De Verano¨, ¨Económicamente Debiles¨ , ¨Trio Damas¨ for screenwriter and producer Jose Luis Dibildos and his ¨Agata Films Productions¨. The best of all them results to be ¨Los Tramposos¨. He continued making comedies such as Patrulla De Los Once , Los Tramposos , Sabian Demasiado , El Vikingo , ¡No Firmes Más Letras, Cielo! , Vente a Ligar Al Oeste , Hasta El Matrimonio Nos Separe , La Amante Perfecta , Fulanita y Sus Menganos , among others . His most known films were with the popular comic player Paco Martinez Soria such as : Abuelo Made in Spain , Padre De La Criatura , Alegre Divorciado , Estoy Hecho Un Chaval , Vaya Par Gemelos , among others . As well as others produced by Vicente Escriba and starred by Alfredo Landa, such as : Vente a Alemania Pepe , Vente a Ligar a Oeste and No Firmes Mas Letras Cielo .

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