El Esqueleto de la señora Morales

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El Esqueleto de la señora Morales
(The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales)
Directed by Rogelio A. González
Produced by Sergio Kogán
Written by Luis Alcoriza
Arthur Machen (story)
Starring Arturo de Córdova
Amparo Rivelles
Antonio Bravo
Angelines Fernández
Luis Aragón
Guillermo Orea
Rosenda Monteros
Elda Peralta
Mercedes Pascual
Paz Villegas
Roberto Meyer
Jorge Mondragón
Armando Arriola
Music by Raúl Lavistae
Cinematography Victor Herrera
Release dates
26 May 1960
Running time
Theatrical cut:
92 min.
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

El Esqueleto de la señora Morales (English: The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales) is a 1960 Mexican black comedy film based on Arthur Machen's 1927 short story "The Islington Mystery". It is regarded by critics as one of the ten best Mexican films of all time.


Pablo Morales (Arturo de Cordova) is a cheerful taxidermist, who lives with his bitter obsessive wife Gloria (Amparo Rivelles), who is extremely religious. After Gloria takes money Pablo was saving and gives it to the church and pretends he was beating her, and after she breaks his new camera, he takes his revenge by poisoning her. He then dissects Gloria's body and places her skeleton in the front window of his shop. The police and local priest become suspicious and he is put on trial but he manages to escape justice.



Arthur Machen's original 1927 essay, "The Islington Mystery" which can be found in his collection The Cosy Room was based largely on the case of the famous murderer Dr. Crippen. Screenwriter Luis Alcoriza was influenced by his association with Luis Buñuel.


This film is ranked 19 in the list of the 100 best films of Mexican cinema, in the opinion of 25 film critics and experts on Mexico, published by the magazine Somos in July 1994.[1]


  1. ^ Las 100 mejores películas del cine mexicano

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