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La venganza de Don Mendo (1962)

After losing all his money playing cards, Don Mendo Salazar, Marqués de Cabra go to the house of his beloved Magdalena, daughter of a friend of the King. There, they are discovered by her ... See full summary »


Pedro Muñoz Seca (play), Fernando Fernán Gómez (adaptation)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Don Mendo Salazar - Marqués de Cabra
Paloma Valdés ... Magdalena
Juanjo Menéndez ... Don Pero Collado, Duque de Toro
Antonio Garisa ... El Rey, Alfonso VII
Joaquín Roa ... Don Nuño Manso de Jarama
Lina Canalejas ... La Reina, Berenguela
María Luisa Ponte ... Doña Ramírez
José Vivó José Vivó ... Marqués de la Moncada
Paula Martel ... Azofaifa
Naima Lamcharki Naima Lamcharki ... Rezaida (as Naima Cherky)
Lola Cardona ... Marquesa de Tarrasa (as Lolita Cardona)
Francisco Camoiras Francisco Camoiras ... Clodulfo
Antonio Queipo Antonio Queipo ... Abad
Xan das Bolas ... Alí
Julio Goróstegui Julio Goróstegui


After losing all his money playing cards, Don Mendo Salazar, Marqués de Cabra go to the house of his beloved Magdalena, daughter of a friend of the King. There, they are discovered by her fiancé, Don Pero, Duque de Toro. Don Mendo thief poses as not to stain her honor and is enclosed. Although Don Mendo promised he would not say anything about their affair, she asks her father to be executed. Don Mendo escapes with the help of his friend Moncada, and tries to carry out his revenge against Magdalena, posing as a minstrel to approach her. Written by jcoltra

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Release Date:

19 February 1962 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

La venganza de Don Mendo de Pedro Muñoz Seca See more »

Filming Locations:

Estudios CEA, Madrid, Spain

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cooperativa ACTA See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits illustrated by caricatures of the actors in character, drawn and signed by Enrique Herrero (as "Herreros") See more »


Version of Primera fila: La venganza de Don Mendo (1964) See more »

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A very funny theater work taken to the cinema.
28 August 2000 | by Javi-13See all my reviews

A movie adaption of the theater tragicomedy written by Pedro Muñoz Seca. An story of honor, traition and vengeance in the Spanish Midage. The film, shot with theatrical appearance, tells the story of Don Mendo (Fernando Fernán Gómez), who is traitioned by his lover Magdalena. She will marry Don Pero (Juanjo Menéndez) and sentences Don Mendo to death so he can´t tell the truth about their relationship. When Mendo sees the light and the traition of Magdalena, he can't talk because he gave her his word of honor of keeping secret all their affair. Then he swears to take vengeance on Magdalena. Helped by his friend Moncada, Mendo escapes putting a dead man in his place starting a new life as a minstrel. Later, in the court of King Alfonso (Antonio Garisa), all the characters of the history get together and the vengeance can take place.

The cast has great actors of the spanish theater an cinema of it's time, and the spirit of the original book is held. Some verses are omited and a few new ones are included to translate the theater to the movie.

The story is very, very funny. Continuosly shows games of words, decontextualizations, and references to the classics of the Spanish theater ("Romancero" and Golden Century) or Shakespeare (Hamlet), with a very well worked script thatr makes this one of the funniest theater works ever written and a funny film.

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