The Eternal Secret

The Eternal Secret (Spanish:Secreto eterno) is a 1942 Mexican drama film directed by Carlos Orellana and starring Orellana, Marina Tamayo and David Silva.[1][2][3] The film's sets were designed by Ramón Rodríguez Granada.

The Eternal Secret
Directed byCarlos Orellana
Written byCarlos Orellana
Produced byJesús Grovas
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StarringCarlos Orellana
Marina Tamayo
David Silva
CinematographyAlex Phillips
Edited byMario González
Music bySevero Muguerza
Release date
16 September 1942
Running time
103 minutes


In the early onset of the Mexican Revolution, a wealthy landowner, Ricardo Navarro, marries Lolita, a poor woman with a child. Ricardo already has two grown children, Luis and Teresa. Luis, a military member is very kind towards Lolita but Teresa is very capricious and disrespectful towards her as she thinks Lolita only wants to separate him from her father. Don Justo, a kind gentleman is friends with Lolita and Ricardo. Everything seems fine until one day when Luis is in the brink of ruin due to the fact that he stole the money trusted in him by his superiors in gambling. When Lolita hears about it she decides to sacrifice her pride and asks a favor from a gentleman, Señor Borja who previously stated he would do anything to help her. Luis pays back the money, but he feels so guilty that he decides to volunteer to the service in the revolution in order to amend himself. Meanwhile Teresa makes Ricardo think that Lolita is cheating on him with Borja, and afterwards Ricardo demands Lolita to leave. When he later receives a letter from Luis explaining everything, he asks Lolita for forgiveness. Eventually he confronts Teresa who states that she is leaving him forever. She then goes and marries Señor Borja out of spite. Ricardo dies from the shock and Lolita is forced into poverty.

Eventually Lolita is received with Señor Borja after Teresa has a change of heart and asks for forgiveness. To make amends for herself Teresa goes to help the revolutionaries with Don Justo and Luis. In an unfortunate set of circumstances, Borja tries to seduce Lolita who refuses his advances. Borja is then murdered by a revolutionary and Lolita is framed for the crime. In the commotion of her arrest her daughter is abandoned. She is picked up by a commissary and sent to a boarding house, where she is adopted, along with a rambunctious but kind hearted boy, Pablo, and is named María Ester after her adopted mother's mother.

14 years later, Pablo is a highly successful lawyer and has taken the case of Lolita after Don Justo petitions him to. Despite her being his adopted sister, he and Maria Ester elope and are engaged to marry. When Lolita is freed, she is hired by Pablo and Maria Ester to sew her wedding dress. When Maria Ester shows Lolita a picture on when she was a little girl Lolita has a commotion. Her adoptive mother comes by and sees Lolita's reaction, which worries her. She asks Lolita what she would do if Maria Ester was her daughter. Lolita states she would never tell her out of respect for her adoptive mother and to not sadden Maria Ester.

Lolita proceeds to confess about Maria Ester to Don Justo, who demands that she tell Maria Ester about her true parentage. Lolita is adamant in not doing so, but Don Justo states that he will. When he meets Maria Ester and Pablo, though, he backs himself. He then proceeds to make arrangements to meet up with Luis and Teresa, who have finished their service with their government. Maria Ester's adoptive mother then makes a cruel request to Lolita: She asks Lolita not to go to Maria Ester's wedding as she is an ex-convict. Lolita sadly but obediently complies.

After the wedding, Maria Ester and Pablo return home, where they see Lolita about to leave. Maria Ester demands to know why, and Lolita states that she needs to do some business. Maria Ester then states that she wants Lolita to work for her, and when her adoptive mother demands to know why, Maria Ester simply says that she cannot bear to be parted from Lolita. As Luis and Teresa wait for Don Justo, who asked them to come by to escort Lolita to their home, Don Justo appears. When Luis asks in Maria Ester knows the truth, Don Justo says she does, as he was not going to die with the secret.



  1. ^ Camarero Calandria, p. 485
  2. ^ Amador & Ayala Blanco, p. 116
  3. ^ Gubern, p. 38, 214


  • Camarero Calandria, Emma. Contenidos y formas en la vanguardia universitaria. Asociación Cultural y Científica Iberoamericana, 2015.
  • Amador, María Luisa; Ayala Blanco, Jorge. Cartelera cinematográfica, 1940–1949. Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1982.
  • Gubern, Román. El cine español en el exilio. Lumen, 1976.

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