1935, August 15 – PREMIERE, “EL CABALLO DEL PUEBLO”

“El Caballo Del Pueblo” was directed by Manuel Romero…he was not a nice person, he had a terrible temper and was difficult to work for….he tended to work frenetically, writing as he went along and finishing a film as soon as possible; perhaps he was motivated by his considerable gambling debts…he was immensely prodigious in his career; he was to make 53 films…he relied on the same formula, simple, heart-wrenching scripts complete with the poor boy in love with a rich girl who is being pursued by the cavalier son of the local tycoon all of it contrasted by a good dose of comedy and lots of tangos; the critics hated it, the people loved it…renown Argentine actor, Pedro Quartucci, who stars in this film was the protagonist of a fascinating story; as a young actor he had a relationship with an aspiring actress Eva Duarte the future wife of Juan Peron,”Evita” with whom he supposedly had a daughter “Nilda”…the little girl however was brought up as their natural daughter by himself and his wife Felisa Borborino…

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Years later Nilda, now grown up and married, heard from her husband that her real mother had been Eva Peron…when she confronted her father, he admitted that it was true and her mother Felisa, at the eleventh hour, confirmed the story as well…Father Benitez, the priest present at the deathbed of Evita wrote that in her confession she spoke of “the great pain in her life” and he hinted that it was the fact of never having known a child born to her…besides this Pedro was a professional boxer before he became an actor…competing as a feather weight, he won a bronze metal in the 1924 Olympics…Carlos Gardel was originally scheduled to star in the film when Juan Carlos Thorry was hired as his replacement…it was his first film; the year after he would appear in Romero’s highly successful film Radio Bar…in his career he would star in over 60 films and direct four…Juan Carlos Thorry was not only a  singer and actor but a lyricist and composer of some popular tangos…early in his career he sang for the Osvaldo Fresedo Orchestra and later worked as a presenter on radio including Radio Belgrano and Radio El Mundo

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