Nosotros los pobres

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Nosotros los pobres
Nosotros los pobres.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Ismael Rodríguez
Produced by Ismael Rodríguez
Written by Carlos González Dueñas, Ismael Rodríguez, Pedro de Urdimalas
Starring Pedro Infante, Evita Muñoz "Chachita"
Music by Manuel Esperón
Cinematography José Ortiz Ramos
Edited by Fernando Martínez
Release date(s) 25 March 1948
Running time 128 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

Nosotros los pobres ("We, the Poor Ones") is a 1948 Mexican drama film directed by Ismael Rodríguez. It was originally titled Topillos y Planillas (named after two of the characters in the film and before the main character Jose "Pepe el Toro" was created), but later changed after its author Pedro de Urdimalas heard Abel Cureño (who's also in the film and at that time was playing a street orange seller in the radio show La Banda de Huipanguillo) commenting (in character) about the unfair treatment the poor people of the city went through exclaiming: "Nosotros los pobres somos despreciados por la gente; Nosotros los pobres no tenemos nada" ("We the poor ones are rejected by the people; We the poor ones have nothing".)


Two kids take a book from a trash can. They begin to read the story of a poor neighborhood in Mexico City. Carpenter Pepe "El Toro" (Pedro Infante) lives with his adopted daughter "Chachita" (Evita Muñoz) and woos pretty Celia, known as "La Chorreada" (Blanca Estela Pavón). Around them, a group of people live their lives in many different ways: a pair of always-drunk women are known as "La Tostada" (The Toast) and "La Guayaba" (The Guava); a beautiful woman (Katy Jurado) who always oversleeps, La que se levanta tarde (The one who wakes up late); and a mysterious hooker called La Tisica sick with tuberculosis and a dark past.

After Pepe successfully finishes some jobs, he asks Chachita to save the money in a place only she supposedly knows, but without wanting she lets Don Pilar, stepfather of La Chorreada, know the location. He then steals the money in front of La Paralitica, the sick mother of Pepe. When Pepe learns of the missing money he becomes upset with Chachita. Later, their friends are sent to jail because they rob some food. Pepe begins to work for Doña Merenciana in order to earn some money to help them, but in the process he learns of a mysterious man called Ledo who robs and kills Merenciana. Pepe El Toro finds the body and is accused by Montes, a rich man infatuated with Celia, for killing Merenciana and sends him to jail.

In the vicinity, Don Pilar began to feel guilty over his actions as long as the angry sight of La Paralitica is hitting on his mind, until he became crazy and brutally hits La Paralitica. While, La Tisica tries to be closer to Chachita, but she rejects her attentions and became very ill. When Pepe learns that his mother went to the hospital he escapes the jail so he can be able to say farewell to her. At the same time La Tisica is also dying and the doctors are trying to help her, but a desperate Chachita became to scream at La Tisica because of the attentions she is receiving until an angry Pepe El Toro appears announcing Chachita that La Tisica is her mother. She has a tearful moment with her, but La Tisica dies, at the same time of La Paralitica, Pepe cries over her body and gives himself to the authorities.

Back in jail, Pepe encounters again with Lido who tries to rob him a memento from his mother and both began to fight in a closed cell. Lido gains the upper hand but when he tries to stab Pepe, he counterattacks and stabs Lido in the eye making him to lose it. Pepe then gains the upper hand but instead of killing him he makes him go to the door and obliges him to confess that he killed Merenciana.

Finally Pepe reunites with La Chorreada and Chachita and forms a family. At this point the poor kids stops watching the book and throw it through a trash can.

This is the first installment of the first trilogy in Mexican cinema. It was followed by Ustedes los ricos (1948) and Pepe El Toro (1952). A fourth film, Ni pobres ni ricos, was never made due to the premature death of Pedro Infante.[1] (This latter title is shared with a 1953 Gloria Marín movie.)



  1. ^ Source: Interview with Ismael Rodríguez in The Mexican Cinema: Interviews with Thirteen Directors, Beatriz Reyes Nevares, University of New Mexico Press, 1976.
  2. ^ The character's name derives from the nickname of the child actress.

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