The Photographer (1953 film)

The Photographer or Mr. Photographer (Spanish: El señor fotógrafo) is a 1953 Mexican comedy thriller film directed by Miguel M. Delgado and starring Cantinflas, Rosita Arenas and Ángel Garasa.[2]

The Photographer
Directed byMiguel M. Delgado
Written byJaime Salvador (adaptation and dialogue)
Miguel M. Delgado (technical screenplay)
Story byGustavo Pacheco M.
Rosita Arenas
Ángel Garasa
Music byRaúl Lavista
CinematographyGabriel Figueroa
Edited byJorge Busto
Posa Films
Distributed byColumbia Pictures[1]
Release date
2 September 1953
Running time
100 minutes

The film's art direction was by Gunther Gerszo.


An apprentice of photography (Cantinflas) is accidentally involved in an international complot when he ends up being left in charge of a chemical engineer (Ángel Garasa) who went insane after he invents a bomb and an attempt is made against his life.


  • Cantinflas as Cantinflas
  • Rosita Arenas as Chelito
  • Ángel Garasa as Raúl Penagos
  • Rebeca Iturbide as Diana Alvírez
  • Fernando Wagner as Jefe de villanos
  • Julio Villarreal as Roberto Alvírez
  • Wolf Ruvinskis as Lepka
  • José Pidal as Doctor Saldívar
  • Beatriz Ramos as Enfermera de Dr. Saldívar
  • Eduardo Alcaraz as Coronel
  • Conchita Gentil Arcos as Mamá de Chelito
  • Salvador Quiroz as Don Ole
  • María Herrero as Ana María Méndez
  • Héctor Mateos as Pablo, mayordomo
  • Pitouto as Novio fotografiado
  • Víctor Alcocer as Hombre gordo fotografiado (uncredited)
  • Armando Arriola as Policía (uncredited)
  • León Barroso as Señor Mendieta, paciente del manicomio (uncredited)
  • Lonka Becker as Sirvienta; Agente no. 27 (uncredited)
  • Ada Carrasco as Enfermera (uncredited)
  • Lupe Carriles as Cliente fea (uncredited)
  • José Chávez as Pepenador (uncredited)
  • Rogelio Fernández (uncredited)
  • Jesús Gómez as Policía (uncredited)
  • Elodia Hernández as Reina de Inglaterra, paciente del manicomio (uncredited)
  • Regino Herrera as Hombre con manguera (uncredited)
  • Pepe Nava as Jugador de cartas (uncredited)
  • José Pardavé as Chaparro, jugador de cartas (uncredited)
  • Ignacio Peón as Paciente del manicomio (uncredited)
  • Antonio Raxel as Felón (uncredited)
  • Joaquín Roche as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Humberto Rodríguez as Jardinero (uncredited)
  • María Valdealde as Doña Eufemia, dueña de salón de belleza (uncredited)
  • Alfredo Varela padre as El verdadero Churchill, paciente del manicomio (uncredited)
  • Hernán Vera as Don Florentino, cantinero (uncredited)


The film set an opening day record in Mexico grossing $5,810 at the Cine Roble.[1]


  1. "Cantinflas Film's Record". Variety. September 16, 1953. p. 10. Retrieved September 30, 2019 via
  2. Dennison & Shaw, p. 120.


  • Shaw, Lisa & Dennison, Stephanie. Popular Cinema in Brazil. Manchester University Press, 2004.
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