Skeleton of Mrs. Morales

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El Esqueleto de la señora Morales
(The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales)
Directed byRogelio A. González[1]
Produced bySergio Kogán
Written byLuis Alcoriza
Arthur Machen (story)
StarringArturo 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 byRaúl Lavistae
CinematographyVictor Herrera
Release date
26 May 1960
Running time
Theatrical cut:
92 min.

Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (Spanish: El Esqueleto de la señora 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 hundred best Mexican films of all time.


Pablo Morales (Arturo de Córdova) is a cheerful taxidermist, who lives with his bitter obsessive wife Gloria (Amparo Rivelles), who is extremely religious. Pablo wants to have children, but Gloria does not. Gloria constantly rejects to sleep with his husband, enjoying to offend him by telling that he sticks to dead animals. She enjoys annoying him. Pablo saves money because he has an enthusiasm to buy a camera, but Gloria takes the money Pablo was saving and gives it to the church and pretends he was beating her. Pablo gets his camera, but Gloria breaks it. This aggression was the straw that broke the camel's back. 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.[3]


  1. ^ Mariano Azuela Güitrón, José Ramón Narváez, Gonzalo J. Uribarri Carpintero (2014). Raiz y Conciencia #85.
  2. ^ Mirko Riazzoli (2017). A Chronology of the Cinema Volume 1 From the pioneers to 1960.
  3. ^ Las 100 mejores películas del cine mexicano

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