Juan Orol

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Juan Orol
Born Juan Orol García
(1897-08-04)August 4, 1897
La Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Died August 26, 1988(1988-08-26) (aged 91)
Mexico City, Mexico
Years active 1927–1981
Spouse(s) Consuelo Moreno
María Antonieta Pons
Rosa Carmina
Mary Esquivel

Juan Orol (August 4, 1897 – May 26, 1988) was a Spanish (Galician) and Mexican actor, screenwriter and director of the Cinema of Mexico.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in La Coruña, Galicia. Since he was a child he lived with his family alternatively in Cuba and in México, After a trip to Hollywood, he finally settled in México City in 1933.

Since he was a kid, was a fan of Hollywood's gangsters films and of stars like Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney and Humprey Bogart.He started his career as an actor in 1927. In 1933, founded in Mexico the film production company ASPA Films. His first film was Madre Querída in 1935. He was the main promoter and protagonist of the named "Cine Negro Mexicano", popularly known as "Cine de Gangsters".

Since 1942, he was one of the promoters of the Rumberas film of the Golden era of the cinema of Mexico, inspired in the Cuban female superstars. His most notable muses are the Cuban actresses María Antonieta Pons (Orol's second wife to 1938 from 1945) and Rosa Carmina (Orol's third wife to 1949-1955).

Him most notable film is Gángsters contra Charros (1947), considered a classic of the Cine Negro Mexicano.

Orol died of liver disease in Mexico City, Mexico.


His films were often made with limited budgets and featured poor filming skills and numerous continuity errors. Much like Ed Wood, he is regarded as a cult director of poorly made films.[1][2][3]

Notable film collaborations[edit]

Filmography (Selected)[edit]

As Director[edit]

  • Madre Querida (1935)
  • ¿Mujeres sin Alma:Venganza Suprema? (1935)
  • Honraras a tus padres (1936)
  • Siboney (1938)
  • Los misterios del hampa (1945)
  • Pasiones Tormentosas (1945)
  • Embrujo Antillano (1945)
  • Una Mujer de oriente (1946)
  • Tania, la Bella Salvaje (1947)
  • El Reino de los Gángsters (1947)
  • Gángsters contra Charros (1947)
  • La mesera coja del café del puerto (!947)
  • Cabaret Shanghai (1949)
  • Percal (Trilogy) (1951-2)
  • !Que idiotas son los hombres¡ (1952)
  • La Diosa de Tahití (1952)
  • Sandra, la Mujer de Fuego (1953)
  • El Sindicato del Crímen (1954)
  • Bajo la influencia del miedo (1955)
  • Zonga, el Ángel Diabólico (1957)
  • Tahimi, la hija del pescador (1961)
  • El Fantástico mundo de los Hippies (1968)
  • Historia de un Gángster (1968)

As Actor[edit]

  • Una Mujer de oriente (1946)
  • Tania, la Bella Salvaje (1947)
  • El Reino de lod Gángsters (1947)
  • Gángsters contra Charros (1947)
  • Sandra, la Mujer de Fuego (1953)
  • El Sindicato del Crímen (1954)
  • Historia de un Gángster (1968)
  • México de Noche (1968)
  • Ni modo, Así somos (1981)


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