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1952 | B/N |

Alberto Robles, a young doctor, must choose to either lead a life of luxury or continue to treat the inhabitants of Santa Cruz, a village oppressed by the cruelty of a local cacique (boss).


Country: México
Direction: Gavaldón; Roberto
Script: López Ferrer; Javier, Revueltas; José, Gavaldón; Roberto
Production: Fernández; Eduardo, Landa; Rodolfo
Photography: Figueroa; Gabriel
Sound: Samperio; Galdino, B. Carles; José
Music: Tafoya; Evaristo, Domínguez; Francisco
Cast:Inda; Stella, Revueltas; Rosaura, María Linares Rivas; José, Arvide; Manuel, Orraca; Juan, Armendáriz; Pedro, Soler; Domingo, de Córdova; Arturo, López Moctezuma; Carlos, Baviera; José
Art direction: Lozano Mena; Salvador
Participation year at FICM: 2013

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