The Great Madcap

El Gran Calavera (The Great Madcap) is a 1949 Mexican comedy film directed by Luis Buñuel. Its original premise was reused for the 2013 Mexican film Nosotros los Nobles.

El Gran Calavera
The Great Madcap
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Film poster
Directed byLuis Buñuel
Produced byÓscar Dancigers, Fernando Soler
Written byJanet Alcoriza, Luis Alcoriza
Music byManuel Esperón
CinematographyEzequiel Carrasco
Edited byCarlos Savage
Distributed byUltramar Films
Release date
25 November 1949


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.


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