Ahí está el detalle

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Ahí está el detalle
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Juan Bustillo Oro
Produced by Jesús Grovas
Screenplay by Humberto Gómez Landero
Juan Bustillo Oro
Starring Cantinflas
Joaquín Pardavé
Sara García
Sofía Álvarez
Dolores Camarillo
Music by Raúl Lavista
Cinematography Jack Draper
Edited by Mario González
Juan Bustillo Oro
Grovas-Oro Films
Running time 112 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

Ahí está el detalle (English: Here's the Point)[1] is a 1940 Mexican comedy film starring Cantinflas. It was produced by Jesús Grovas and directed by Juan Bustillo Oro, and also features Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, Sofía Álvarez, and Dolores Camarillo. It was the twelfth film in Cantinflas' career, and the best one considered by Mexican film critics, for it is also considered one of Mexico's best films.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Cantinflas is the boyfriend of Paz, the maid of the household of Cayetano Lastre. It is dinnertime and Cantinflas waits outside the mansion for Paz's whistle: a sign for Cantinflas to enter the kitchen to eat. This is because there is a dog in the front yard named "Bobby", and Paz's boss does not know about Cantinflas' entrances into the house. Although like other times Cantinflas goes straight to eat, this time his girlfriend has one favor for him to do, that of killing the dog "Bobby" who has had a sudden attack of rabies and does not let Cayetano leave for an appointment. If he does not kill the dog, he does not get to eat. Cantinflas is nervous about the idea, but eventually kills him with a gun. However, inside the house, Cayetano plans a scheme to unfoil his wife Dolores del Paso's "supposed" adultery with her ex-boyfriend Bobby Lechuga. Dolores does not hold a relationship with Bobby Lechuga, but Cayetano's over-bearing jealousy makes him think otherwise.


  • Mario Moreno as Cantinflas
  • Joaquín Pardavé as Cayetano Lastre
  • Sara García as Clotilde Regalado
  • Sofía Álvarez as Dolores del Paso
  • Dolores Camarillo as Paz
  • Manuel Noriega as the Judge
  • Antonio R. Frausto as Cantinflas' lawyer
  • Agustín Isunza as prosecutor who is against Leonardo's acts.
  • Antonio Bravo as Bobby Lechuga "The Fox Terrier"
  • Francisco Jambrina as Leonardo del Paso, Jr.
  • Joaquín Coss as the Magistrate
  • Eduardo Arozamena as the deaf judge
  • Rafael Icardo as the dim-witted policeman
  • Alfredo Varela, Jr. as the federal scribe
  • Ángel T. Sala as the inspector
  • Estanislao Schillinsky as the deaf judge's assistant
  • Max Langler as the policeman
  • Narciso Busquets as one of Clotilde and Leonardo's sons
  • Wilfrido Moreno as an extra
  • Adolfo Bernáldez as an extra


The film's last scene is based on the true events involving Mexican criminal Álvaro Chapa and his public declarations that inspired Cantinflas' form of speech for this film also known as "cantinfleada".[2] The film's director Juan Bustillo Oro based it largely on his experience as a pro bono lawyer at the Cárcel de Belén.[2] The film was completed in only three weeks and the only problems during filming were caused by Cantinflas' improvisation, because of what he considered to be a poorly written script.


  1. ^ Krebs, Albin (April 22, 1993). "Cantinflas, Mexican Comic Actor And Philanthropist, Is Dead at 81". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Peliculas del cine mexicano - Ahí está el detalle (1940)". Más de Cien años de Cine Mexicano. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 

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