“What did I ask from you? A little affection, and mostly peace. And see what you made me do?” Wait. Who is the victim here? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they make the Decades of Horror’s eighth trip south of the border with The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (El esqueleto de la señora Morales,1960).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 131 – The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (1960)
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A taxidermist decides to murder his wife after having to put up with her after twenty years of hellish marriage.IMDb
- Cast and Crew:
- Director: Rogelio A. González
- Writers: Luis Alcoriza (adaptation) (screenplay); Arthur Machen (story, “The Islington Mystery”)
- Music by: Raúl Lavista
- Cinematography by: Víctor Herrera
- Film Editing by: Jorge Busto (as Jorge Bustos)
- Production Design by: Edward Fitzgerald
- Selected Cast:
- Arturo de Córdova as Dr. Pablo Morales
- Amparo Rivelles as Gloria de Morales
- Elda Peralta as Señorita Castro
- Guillermo Orea as Profesor
- Rosenda Monteros as Meche
- Luis Aragón as Elodio
- Mercedes Pascual as Lourditas Mendiolea
- Antonio Bravo as Padre Artemio Familiar
- Angelines Fernández as Clara, sister of Gloria
- Armando Arriola as Don Amado
- Paz Villegas as La otra Sra. Mendiolea
- Roberto Meyer as Historiador
- Pepita González as Amiga de Gloria, testiga contra Pablo
- León Barroso as Dr. Quiñones
The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales is Whitney’s pick and is, as she describes it, a black comedy complete with los tóxicas y chismosas (the toxic and the gossipy). The unhealthy relationships in the film lead to murder with a dose of humor. Daphne loves The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales, lauding its atmosphere, its beautiful cinematography, and its winning combination of the grim and the playful. The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales got funnier each time Jeff watched it, even though there are some very disturbing events in the film. Its award-winning cast and crew, including the director of Ship of Monsters (La nave de los monstruos, 1960), have created a tour de force in The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales.
Your Classic Era Grue Crew highly recommends The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales. At the time of this writing, it can be streamed from the Classic Horror Movie Channel, Tubi, and YouTube. There is also a Blu-ray available from VCI.
If you’re interested in Mexican cinema, check out these other episodes of Decades of Horror:
- SANTO AND BLUE DEMON AGAINST THE MONSTERS (Santo el enmascarado de plata y Blue Demon contra los monstruos, 1969-70) – Episode 19 – Decades Of Horror: The Classic Era
- THE SHIP OF MONSTERS (La nave de los monstruos,1960) – Episode 23 – Decades Of Horror: The Classic Era
- SANTO VS. THE ZOMBIES (Santo Contra Los Zombies, 1962) – Episode 54 – Decades Of Horror: The Classic Era
- MACARIO (1960) – Episode 115 – Decades Of Horror: The Classic Era
- DOS MONJES (1934, TWO MONKS) – Episode 119 – Decades Of Horror: The Classic Era
- EL LIBRO DE PIEDRA (1969, THE BOOK OF STONE) – Episode 127 – Decades Of Horror: The Classic Era
- SANTO AND BLUE DEMON VS. DRACULA AND THE WOLF MAN (SANTO Y BLUE DEMON CONTRA DRACULA Y EL HOMBRE LOBO, 1973) – Episode 168 – Decades Of Horror 1970s
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Chad: Son of Dracula (1943).
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