Film Notes: Los ojos dejan huellas directed by José Luis Sáenz de Heredia, 1952

ES-IT / 100 minutes / B&W /Chapalo Films, S. A. – Centro Latino Cinematográfico (Italia) Dir: José Luis Sáenz de Heredia Pro: Eduardo de la Fuente Screenplay: written by Carlos Blanco based on a story by Carlos Blanco Cine: Manuel Berenger Mus: Manuel Parada y León Quintero Quiroga Ed: Julio Peña Set Dec: Ramiro Gómez Cast: Raf Vallone (Martin Jordán), Elena Varzi (Berta), Julio Peña (Roberto Ayala), Fernando Fernán Gómez (Agente Díaz), Emma Penella (Lola), Félix Dafauce (Comisario Ozalla), Gaspar Campos, Anibal Vela, Fernando Sancho, Carlos Díaz de Mendoza, Antonio Riquelme, Beny Deus, Julia Pachelo, Juanita Mansó, Francisco Bernal, José Cuenca, Alberto Bové, Maite de la Guía.Release Date 12 September 1952 (Spain). The film was co-produced in Italy, where it is known as Uomini senza pace (“Men without peace”). The Spanish title can be translated freely as Eyes Leaves Traces.Los_ojos_dejan_huellas-537235908-large

Synopsis: Martin Jordán (Raf Vallone) is a disgraced lawyer who keeps much resentment towards society and makes a living selling perfumes. One day he comes across a former classmate, the good-for-nothing Roberto Ayala (Julio Peña) to whom life has treated him far better. When Martin comes to know Roberto’s wife, Berta (Elena Varzi), Martin falls in love with her. One night Roberto thinks he has killed a man who was also dating his lover and he asks Martin to help him. Martin devises a plan to get rid of Roberto, commit the perfect murder and convince everyone that Roberto has committed suicide. Thus he will have the path free to seduce Berta.

Begoña and I had the opportunity to watch this film a few days ago when it was shown on TVE (La 2).In my view it’s a worthy film, made with great professionalism, that has a highly interesting screenplay and an excellent staging. Maybe it’s a bit uneven and Raf Vallone plays a character that is not suited to him. Unfortunately, it is a film unjustly forgotten. It has also served to encourage me to dig further into the Spanish Detective and Mystery Films (Film Noir) Between 1950 to 1965. A complex task, not without difficulties, given that most of these films are not easy to find.

See review, here, in Spanish at Blog de cine.


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