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Los que tocan el piano (1968)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Leblanc ... Paco 'Cocosabio'
Concha Velasco ... Cayetana 'La Gandula' (as Conchita Velasco)
Alfredo Landa ... Venancio Torralba 'El Torralba'
José Sazatornil ... Don Tadeo Ramírez (as Jose Sazatornil 'Saza')
José Bódalo ... Don Ernesto Dávila, inspector de policía (as Jose Bodalo)
Manolo Gómez Bur ... Don Federico Martínez Hojas 'El Tizona' (as Manolo Gomez Bur)
Margot Cottens ... Juliana, esposa de Don Tadeo
Tomás Blanco ... Don Aurelio (as Tomas Blanco)
Rafaela Aparicio ... Doña Alicia
Erasmo Pascual ... Portero de ambulancias
Paquita Torres Paquita Torres ... Enfermera (as Paquita Torres 'Miss Europa 1967')
Antonio Mingote Antonio Mingote ... Un vecino evacuado (as Mingote)
María Luisa San José María Luisa San José ... Isabel - enfermera (as Marisa San Jose)
Ignacio de Paúl Ignacio de Paúl ... Quino
William Layton William Layton ... Mr. Bannister


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Release Date:

23 August 1968 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

They Who Play the Piano See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ágata Films S.A. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?


Don Ernesto Dávila, inspector de policía: Look. Come here, now you're gonna play the piano for my pleasure. Come.
[inks Torralba's fingers to take fingerprints of all of them, then prints each of the fingers in turn saying:]
Don Ernesto Dávila, inspector de policía: Do, re, mi, fa, sol.
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Edited into Una vez al año ser hippy no hace daño (1969) See more »

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An agreeable and entertaining comedy about swindlers with sympathetic and charming characterizations by all Spanish-star-cast
24 May 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A funny and brilliant Spanish comedy written by the successful author Alfonso Paso about swindlers , dealing with " Paco El Cocosabio" (Tony Leblanc), his girlfriend "Cayetana la Gandula" (Concha Velasco) and her brother "Venancio El Torralba", (Alfredo Landa), they are three bungler pianists , not in the musical sense of the word , but at the police . However , their criminal activities are second-class , that's why all of them wish to adapt themselves to modern times , emphasizing in new robbing techniques . The three , have played the piano , or have affixed their footprints in the corresponding police tab in the district commanded by chief Inspector Ernesto Dávila (José Bódalo) . To have big success at their works they hire an expert delinquent , as everything changes to the arrival of Federico "El Tizona" (Manolo Gomez Bur), a former small-time crook turned skillful mobster who has learned the foreign manners . Later on , they execute a fake sale and demonstrate their skills at a hospital where takes place bungling operations , confusion and mayhem .

This enticing picture concerns about three botcher cons robbing here and there ; all of them pulled off a lot of little frauds but things go wrong . The flick has silly incidents , funny plot twists , tongue-in-cheek , grotesque situations and above all , it especially contains catching touches of humor , irony and lots of fun . Sitting in a strange middle ground between the completely absurd and the stylishly enjoyable . There are some nice jokes in the film and the cast , playing eccentric characters , make a cosy fit . It takes a simple concept , a quartet of shameless friends execute petty thefts and tricks in similar style to classical films of Commedia all'Italiana of the fifties . ¨Los Que Tocan El Piano¨ or "They Who Play the Piano" is a comical and sometimes disconcerting account of a bunch of lower class people from the personal , social , cultural , and economic perspective , because needing all of them , urgently , amount of money to resolve their problematic lives . The best scenes and highlights of the movie are when there appears the stiff commissioner -magnificently performed by José Bódalo- speaking the special language of the ¨Pianists¨or thieves . It gives a realistic Madrid outlook and describes various ¨Timos¨or ¨Fakes¨ such as a false selling of an allegedly valuable Velaquez painting , as they carry out an eviction on an apartment block , ¨Tocomocho¨ and other frauds . Being efficiently produced by Agata Films/Jose Luis Dibildos who also wrote/financed ¨Los Tramposos¨ (by Pedro Lazaga and including similar artistic and technician team) , which bears remarkable resemblance to ¨Los Que Tocan El Piano¨ or "They Who Play the Piano" . The magnificent main cast gives sensational acting . While the supporting cast is frankly excellent and plenty of familiar faces such as : José Bódalo , Margot Cottens , Tomás Blanco , Rafaela Aparicio , Claudia Gravy , William Layton , María Luisa San José , Antonio Mingote , Chris Huerta , Lorenzo Robledo , Fabian Conde , Erasmo Pascual , Jose Maria Tasso , Xan Das Bolas , Emilio Rodríguez , Ana Maria Custodio , and special mention for Manolo Gómez Burr as a professional gangster who has expanded studies abroad , being returned to Spain perfectly recycled and become a feared mobster .

It displays an evocative as well as catching musical score by Adolfo Waitzman . Atmospheric cinematography by Manuel Rojas , though a perfect remastering being necessary . The motion picture was professionally directed by Javier Aguirre . He is married to Esperanza Roy , whom Javier directed in ¨Monja Alférez¨ and the soliloquy ¨Vida Perra¨ and he was previously married to actress Enriqueta Carballeira . Aguirre is a Spanish craftsman who directed various successful comedies . His film debut was ¨Oficio De Candido¨ , following a big deal of movies and shorts . Director Javier Aguirre made , during the sixties , seventies and eighties , various films , mostly comedies , such as ¨Los Chico Con Las Chicas¨ , ¨Rocky Carambola¨, ¨La Guerra De Los Niños¨, ¨Los Pajaritos¨ , ¨Martes Y Trece¨, ¨Las Locuras De Parchís¨ , ¨Soltero Y Padre En La Vida¨, and a popular classic ¨El Astronauta¨. Aguirre also made quite a few terror movies , being usual collaborator to Paul Naschy or Jacinto Molina , whom he directed in : ¨El Jorobado De La Morgue¨(1973) , ¨El Gran Amor Del Conde Drácula¨(1973) and ¨El Asesino Esta En Sus Trece¨ (1976) . Furthermore , he made a lot of ¨Avant-Garde¨ shorts that Aguirre called ¨Anti-cine¨ such as : ¨Espectro Siete¨ , ¨Cha , Cha , Cha¨ , ¨Uts Cero¨ , ¨Sol¨ , ¨Medea 2¨, ¨Voz¨ , and several others .

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