The Great Madcap

El Gran Calavera (transl. The Great Madcap) is a 1949 Mexican comedy film directed by Luis Buñuel. The plot concerns a family patriarch who fakes losing all his wealth to end his family's self-indulgent ways.

The Great Madcap
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Film poster
Directed byLuis Buñuel
Written by
Produced by
CinematographyEzequiel Carrasco
Edited byCarlos Savage
Music byManuel Esperón
Distributed byUltramar Films
Release date
  • 25 November 1949 (1949-11-25)
Running time
91 minutes[1]


Everyone takes advantage of Ramiro de la Mata (Fernando Soler), a funny drunkard and rich widower. His daughter Virginia (Rosario Granados), and his son Eduardo (Gustavo Rojo), as well as his lazy brother Ladislao (Andrés Soler), and his sister-in-law Milagros (Maruja Grifell), all do nothing while living at Ramiro's expense. Gregorio (Francisco Jambrina), his other brother tries to help him by making everyone believe that Ramiro is financially ruined, forcing the family to look for jobs of their own.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Great Madcap". British Board of Film Classification. 4 October 2006.

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