Edgar Neville

Edgar Neville Romrée, Count of Berlanga de Duero (28 December 1899 – 23 April 1967) was a Spanish playwright and film director, a member of the "other" Generation of '27.

Edgar Neville
Neville in 1936
Born(1899-12-28)28 December 1899
Madrid, Spain
Died23 April 1967(1967-04-23) (aged 67)
OccupationPlaywright, film director


Neville was born in Madrid but lived in Hollywood in the 1930s, in the period of the dubbed Spanish versions of the studios' English-language films. He wrote dialogue for MGM's Spanish language films, and won acclaim for his script adapted from George Hill's The Big House (1930). During the Spanish Civil War, Neville made a few short propaganda films for the Nationalist side. He also made three movies in Rome. The films he directed in the 1940s and 1950s mixed realism and romanticism, but did not perform particularly well at the box-office.



His father was Edward Neville Riddlesdale, an English engineer who was director of his family's engine company in Spain (Julius G. Neville & Co, Liverpool, later the Anglo-Spanish Motor Company). His mother was Mary Romrée y Palacios, daughter of Count and Countess de Berlanga de Duero, a title he would later inherit.


Edgar Neville married Ángeles Rubio Argüelles y Alessandri. Their son, Raphael Neville, Count of Berlanga de Duero (11 August 1926 – December 1996) was a painter who, in 1958, created a seaside resort in Sardinia, called "Porto Rafael", where his birthday is still celebrated every year on 11 August. Upon his return to Spain, Neville directed La señorita de Trevélez, and it was hailed one of the best films of its time.


Novels, plays and other writings

  • Don Clorato de Potasa (1929)
  • Margarita y los hombres (1934)
  • El baile (1952)
  • La niña de la calle del Arenal (prologue by actor Jesús García de Dueñas, 1953)
  • Torito bravo (novella, 1955)
  • Mi España particular (travel book, 1957)
  • La piedrecita (play in three acts, 1957)
  • Alta fidelidad (comic play in two acts, 1960)
  • Flamenco y cante jondo (1963)
  • Las terceras de ABC (ABC articles compendium, published posthumously by Editorial Prensa Española in 1976)


  • María Luisa Burguera Nadal, Edgar Neville: entre el humorismo y la poesía, Servicio de Publicaciones, Diputación Provincial, Málaga, 1994. ISBN 978-8477851103
  • María Luisa Burguera Nadal, Edgar Neville. Entre el humor y la nostalgia. Institució Alfons el Magnànim, Valencia, 1999.
  • Felix Monguilot Benzal, Volver al frente: reconstrucción de la película Frente de Madrid (1939) de Edgar Neville, in Juan A. Ríos Carratalá (ed.), “Universo Neville”, Instituto Municipal del libro, Málaga, 2007, pp. 145 – 166.
  • Julio Pérez Perucha, El cinema de Edgar Neville, 27 Semana Internacional de Cine, Valladolid, 1982.
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