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The Smile of the Virgin (1958)

La sonrisa de la Virgen (original title)
Marita, a charming little girl, lives in the country with his grandmother. Her best friend is a modest servant, Anselmo, who almost everyday takes the girl to visit the church known as "... See full summary »


Roberto Rodríguez


Roberto Rodríguez (story), José Luis de Celis (story) (as José Luís Celis) | 3 more credits »


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Credited cast:
María Gracia María Gracia ... Marita
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Anselmo
Prudencia Grifell ... Doña María, Marita's Grandmother
Miguel Manzano ... Cura
Emma Rodríguez Emma Rodríguez ... Profesora (as Emma Rodríguez Ruelas)
Manuel Santiago Rodrigo Manuel Santiago Rodrigo
Dario Vivian Dario Vivian ... (as Darío Vivian)
María Letícia Leger Uribe María Letícia Leger Uribe ... (as María Leticia Leger Uribe)
Antonio Leo Antonio Leo ... (as Antonio León Yáñez)
Jesús García Jesús García ... Vendedor (as Jesús García Navarro)
José Dupeyrón José Dupeyrón ... Ciego (as José Dupeyrón Palazas)
Heriberto Rodríguez Álvarez Heriberto Rodríguez Álvarez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Downs ... Narrator (US dubbed version) (voice)


Marita, a charming little girl, lives in the country with his grandmother. Her best friend is a modest servant, Anselmo, who almost everyday takes the girl to visit the church known as "Guadalupe's Basilica", an important temple in Mexico City, where she discovers Virgin Guadalupe and the legend about her apparitions in that place. Marita doesn't behave properly in school, and her teacher always has a punishment for the girl. She doesn't like school, and she doesn't want to return to school anymore. Besides, Marita's worry about her animals, like a cow, who doesn't produce milk. The girl asks many miracles to Virgin Guadalupe, one of them is not going to school. During a visit to Basilica, Marita hears the Virgin's voice, and this could be the beginning of a responsible life for the girl, like to study and to be a good child. Written by Alejandro Frias

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A Simple Story of Pastoral Beauty and Wonder!


Drama | Family







Release Date:

January 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Angel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Películas Rodríguez See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Marita has her turtle in her hands, it is an obvious dummy. See more »


Narrator: The beauty and sincerity of a child's faith are perhaps the only merits of this story, but that is precisely why I think you will like it. It is a simple story, yes, but one that for a few short moments will take us from our world of trials and tribulations, to one of peace, love, tenderness.
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Regardless of nationality, a great film.
16 December 2008 | by joey-rodriguezSee all my reviews

This is truly a gem in Mexican film making. Maria Gracia captures our sympathy since the opening credits, the movie can be too tender at times but it does not make it unreal. The fairy-tale like environment, music and script make this a fun and reassuring family film.

This movie is about a little girl that lost her parents and is being raised by her grandmother and her caretaker, a middle age man that also watches the old lady's poor farm.

Marita, as the little girl is named, does not have a care in the world. She loves collecting critters that make everyone else disgusted, this just shows her love for life. Her faith and love for her grandmother and friend take her on an adventure that touches the heart and make you feel good even a few hours after the television is turned off.

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