The Little Nightingale

The Little Nightingale (Spanish:El pequeño ruiseñor) is a 1956 Spanish musical film directed by Antonio del Amo.

The Little Nightingale
El pequeño ruiseñor
Directed byAntonio del Amo
Written byAntonio Guzmán Merino
CinematographyCésar Fraile
Music byAntonio Valero
Argos SL.
Release date
  • 1956 (1956)
Running time
98 minutes

It was the first film to star child singer Joselito. It skyrocketed him to fame. The film is the first of a trilogy dubbed «trilogía del ruiseñor». It was followed by Saeta del ruiseñor (1957) and El ruiseñor de las cumbres (1958). The success of the films allowed del Amo to set up his own production company Apolo Films with studios on the outskirts of Madrid.[1]


Joselito is a boy whose mother left town when he was just a newborn. He lives with the grandfather, the village bell ringer, and his best friend is the sacristan. A fan of singing, he has not given up hope of ever meeting his mother.



  1. ^ D'Lugo p.118


  • D'Lugo, Marvin. Guide to the Cinema of Spain. Greenwood Publishing, 1997.
  • Martínez Torres, Augusto (1999). Cine español. Diccionario Espasa. Madrid: Espasa Calpe. ISBN 84-239-9451-1.

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