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Dicen que soy comunista (1951)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 12 July 1951 (Mexico)
This political-comedy by famed Director Alejandro Galindo, tells the story of Benito, (Aldalberto Martinez) a widower and blue-collar worker who wants the best for his young son. After ... See full summary »

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Alejandro Galindo
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Adalberto Martínez ... Benito Reyes
María Luisa Zea ... Berta
Miguel Manzano ... Macario Carrola
Joaquín Roche hijo Joaquín Roche hijo ... Huicho (as Joaquin Roche hijo)
Charles Rooner Charles Rooner ... don Guillermo
Salvador Quiroz Salvador Quiroz ... Teófilo Mendieta
Arturo Castro 'Bigotón' Arturo Castro 'Bigotón' ... Nabor Méndez
Jorge Arriaga Jorge Arriaga ... Camarada Buenaventura
Manuel Dondé ... Camarada Palomera
Bruno Márquez Bruno Márquez ... Anunciador en concurso (as Bruno T. Marquez)
Carmen Manzano Carmen Manzano ... Doña Lolita
Josefina del Mar Josefina del Mar ... Olga Figueroa
Jaime Jiménez Pons Jaime Jiménez Pons ... Amigo de Huicho (as Jaime Jimenez)

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This political-comedy by famed Director Alejandro Galindo, tells the story of Benito, (Aldalberto Martinez) a widower and blue-collar worker who wants the best for his young son. After reading a flyer promoting the local branch of the Communist Party, this struggling father thinks he has finally found a way to get his just due and provide for his son, while also catching the interest of a waitress he wants to know better. Full of hope and good intentions.Benito joins the union. Ufortunately, he soon discovers that the party leaders are more concerned with their own interests and lining their own pockets then they are with the actual needs of the poor.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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TV-PG

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Comedy with Cult Potential
20 July 2014 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

"Dicen que soy comunista" is a very funny comedy, directed and co-scripted (with art director Gunther Gerszo) by Alejandro Galindo, a serious and progressive filmmaker, responsible for half a dozen major works made during the "golden age" of Mexican cinema, including telling portraits of the working and middle classes ("Campeón sin corona", "Una familia de tantas", respectively), as well as a fine motion picture about the illegal migration from México to USA (see ["Espaldas mojadas"). A spoof on the witch-hunt craze of the 1940-50s, when many persons were victims of the madness created by the fear of the so-called "red menace", Communism, some may object that there is nothing to laugh about from this chapter of world politics, but the same could be said of the situation described by Charles Chaplin in "The Great Dictator". Resortes is moving as well as funny in the role of Benito Reyes, a naive typesetter who gets involved with a gang led by Macario Carrola (Miguel Manzano), a thug who fronts as the secretary of a leftist party with a name as long as rhetoric, and a membership of 2800 men. Carrola in turn follows orders from Wilhelm Ribenburf (Charles Rooner), a mean foreign entrepreneur, and things get kind of ugly with explosions, deaths and torture. At the time the film was made, Mexican unions and workers' organization were still considered victories of the 1910 Revolution, but they had also become corrupt and the revolutionary party had turned into a questionable institution, which is also reflected in the film, with crooked politicians and gullible workers. The plot also involves a contest to select the Queen of the Waitresses, a set of popular dances of the day (in which Resortes excels), and a benevolent gang of street kids and a Republican Spanish shopkeeper, who save the day when things get out of hand for the typesetter, his little son Huicho (funny Joaquín Roche) and girlfriend Berta (María Luisa Zea). Among films with potential to become cults favorites, this one has a secure place.


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Mexico

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Spanish

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Mexico

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