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Piantadino (1950).jpg
Directed by Francisco Múgica
Written by Carlos A. Petit,[1] Rodolfo Sciammarella
Starring Pepe Iglesias, Norma Giménez and Juan José Porta
Music by Juan Ehlert
Release date
  • 1950 (1950)
Running time
65 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

Piantadino is a 1950 Argentine Spanish language comedy film directed by Francisco Múgica.[2][3][4] The film is based on the cartoon character of the same name created by Adolfo Mazzone.[5]

Comic strip character[edit]

Piantadino was a classic comic strip character created by one of Argentina's most notable comics artists and humorists, Adolfo Mazzone.[5] Piantadino was Mazzone's best known character.[6] The name Piantadino is a diminutive of "Piantado", which means mentally disturbed person, half-mad or, a person who escapes, whether that be physically or just from a situation.[7]

First appearing in the newspaper El Mundo in 1941, Piantadino, the daily comic strip, followed the adventures of a convict who behaved in jail as if he were on a pension. With the characters Afanancio and Barili, the three formed a sympathetic trio of scoundrels.[7] The character subsequently appeared in Guillermo Divito's magazine Rico Tipo.[6] Piantadino was adapted for cinema in 1950.[8] In the 1970s and 1980s, the comic strip was re-published as a comic magazine.[9]

Film production[edit]

Piantadino was made into a film by Emelco-Cinematográfica Interamericana. The script was written by Carlos A. Petit and Rodolfo Sciamarella, and the film was directed by Francisco Mugica.[10][11] It was filmed in black-and-white.[12] The elusive convict was played by Pepe Iglesias, known for his title role in El Zorro pierde el pelo.[10] Other stars were Norma Giménez, Juan José Porta[13] and Rodolfo Onetto.[11] Carlos Fioriti played Afanancio and Rafael Diserio played Batilio. The film premiered at the Ocean cinema on March 24, 1950.[10]

Film plot[edit]

While working for an insurance company, the title character, Piantadino, a shy man, is selected by sly characters to insure some things that they will later make disappear. Though Piantadino lacks courage, he nonetheless uncovers the fraudulent activity, making a positive impression on his fiancée's father.[12]



  1. ^ Argentina. Comisión Nacional de Cultura (1 January 1950). Guía quincenal de la actividad intelectual y artística argentina. Comision Nacional de Cultura. p. 66. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Historia general del arte en la Argentina. Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes. 1982. p. 66. ISBN 978-950-612-000-9. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  3. ^ España, Claudio; Fabbro, Gabriela (1994). Cine argentino en democracia, 1983-1993. Fondo Nacional de las Artes. p. 56. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Tiempo de cine. Cine Club Núcleo. 1962. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Adolfo Mazzone". lambiek.net. December 12, 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Mas Personajes de la Historieta Argentinua". todohistorietas.com.ar (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Alposta, Luis (1 January 2005). Mosaicos porteños (in Spanish). Editorial Dunken. pp. 68–. ISBN 978-987-21691-3-8. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Barillet, Julie (2008). L'enfant au cinéma. Artois Presses Université. p. 57. ISBN 978-2-84832-078-6. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Revista Comic Piantadino". depaginas.com.ar. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c Roberto Selles (April 6, 2002). "ADOLFO MAZZONE". Academia Portena del Lunefardo. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  11. ^ a b Piantadino; Theiapolis: Cinema Titles
  12. ^ a b "Catalogo de Peliculas Argentinas". cinemagroup.com.ar (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  13. ^ Barahona, Fernando Alonso (2003). Perón, o, El espíritu del pueblo. Criterio Libros. p. 202. ISBN 978-84-95437-13-6. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 

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