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The Coward (1939 film)

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Directed by  René Cardona
Music by  Armando Rosales
Director  René Cardona
Music director  Armando Rosales
Cast  Julián Soler
Produced by  Juan Pezet
Edited by  Juan José Marino
Running time  1h 6m
Cinematography  Raúl Martínez Solares
Written by  Adolfo Fernández Bustamante (play) Josep Carner Ribalta Antonio Guzmán Aguilera
Starring  Julián Soler Adria Delhort Josefina Escobedo
Screenplay  Adolfo Fernández Bustamante
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The Coward (Spanish: El cobarde) is a 1939 Mexican war film directed by René Cardona and starring Julián Soler, Adria Delhort and Josefina Escobedo.



Alberto (Soler) is born in the imaginary republic of Sucravia (a country much like Mexico) in time of war, where his father dies a hero's death. He grows up as an effeminate lover of music. His mother (Delhort) sends him to the military college. There, Fernando (Aldás) bullies him, but gradually they become friends. A second war breaks out, and Alberto tries to avoid danger. If he is to change his life, he must face his fear.


The New York Times, reviewing the film in 1939, describes El Cobarde as "likely to keep the spectators guessing until the last reel". In their reviewer's opinion, Cardonas combines some psychology with "considerable talk about the now generally discredited theory of prenatal influence", a mother's genuine pride in her son, and a gentle romance. Soler, says the reviewer, plays the "vacillating" son of a hero well, and Delhort is "excellent as the Spartan mother" intent on preserving the family tradition of patriotic bravery. Escobedo and the supporting cast ably play mainly comic roles.


  • Julián Soler as Capitán Alberto Anzures
  • Adria Delhort as Doña Amalia
  • Josefina Escobedo as Leonor
  • Antonio R. Frausto as Juancho
  • Lita Enhart as Elvira
  • Luis Aldás as Fernando
  • Joaquín Coss as Director del colegio
  • Dolores Camarillo as Pancha
  • Ángel T. Sala as Sargento Rocha
  • Ricardo Mondragón as General
  • Arturo Soto Rangel as Doctor
  • Gustavo Carrillo as General
  • Narciso Busquets as Alberto (niño)
  • Isa Gary as Rosa
  • Isauro Ruiz as Sargento
  • Julio Ahuet as Soldado
  • Roberto Cañedo as Minor Role
  • Manuel Dondé as Minor Role
  • References

    The Coward (1939 film) Wikipedia

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