Los tres huastecos

Los tres huastecos

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ismael Rodríguez
Written by Rogelio A. González
Ismael Rodríguez
Music by Raúl Lavista
Cinematography Jorge Stahl Jr.
Release dates
  • 5 August 1948 (1948-08-05)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

Los tres huastecos ("The Three Huastecos") is a 1948 Mexican comedy-drama film directed by Ismael Rodríguez .


Raised separately in three villages in La Huasteca (a region in the northeastern Mexico), Lorenzo, from Tamaulipas, is an atheistic bronco; Juan de Dios, from San Luis Potosí, is a parish priest; while Víctor, from Veracruz, is a captain in the army. Their great physical resemblance is a source of conflict. Juan de Dios tries to solve the problems with his two brothers.[1] Mexican superstar Pedro Infante played in three separate roles as each of these three individual triplets.[2]

In the movie, the villain "El Coyote", whose identity was unknown, was killing and robbing the people in the village Lorenzo lives in. His brother Víctor was transferred to the village in order to catch "El Coyote." Víctor also had a romantic interest in a village girl, Maritoña (Blanca Estela Pavon), who flirts with him at a party while Veracruz song , "La Tuza" plays. But firmly rejects all his advances after the party. María Eugenia Llamas, who was only four at the time, made her screen debut in this movie as "La Tucita", a stage name she has used ever since.[3] She played the daughter of the saloon owning and atheist triplet, Lorenzo.

In Tucita's first appearance in the movie, she has a snake and a tarantula as pets, both of which she handles with love. She also pushes around her otherwise hardened father shamelessly. For instance, she shoots at him with a pistol and misses. Then, she starts crying. Her father asks her if she is crying because she got scared. She responds tearfully that no, she is crying because she didn't kill him – which doesn't make him mad. In another scene, when she is in bed, she keeps pestering her father for one thing after another, to which he always complies, if visibly annoyed. Finally, she calls to him in the next room that she is thirsty and demands a glass of water. When he grudgingly brings it, she waters her plant with it instead of drinking it – which also makes him more frustrated, but not angry with her.

It is her father's stoic acceptance (while sometimes visibly annoyed) of everything Tucita does to him that shows the movie audience that he has a soft spot and is not as thoroughly corrupt as he is otherwise portrayed in the first part of the movie. Nevertheless, Juan de Dios takes an interest in the physical and spiritual welfare of his niece, Tucita. He sometimes puts on a false mustache to disguise himself in the movie as his otherwise identical brother to look in on her, which works in fooling her. She just can't figure out why her "father" is acting so differently.

Lorenzo is finally formally accused of being El Coyote. However, Víctor is the one who gets arrested and held in the village jail, because, disguised as his brother, he is mistaken for Lorenzo. A mob tries to get to him in his cell to hang him. Lorenzo and Juan de Dios overcome the real Coyote (Alejandro Ciangherotti), while he is trying to kill them, and get him to confess in writing that he is El Coyote. They place Tucita's pet tarantula on his chest, which scares the confession out of him. Tucita wags her finger at him and righteously tells him off. "Tan grandote y tan lloron (So big and such a baby.)

That confession, when presented to the authorities absolves Tucita's father and saves Víctor from the clutches of both the mob and the law. After all that, her father turns over a new leaf and takes Tucita to church for the first time. They kneel before the altar and he lovingly shows her how to make the sign of the cross. As the movie ends, Víctor wins over the Maritoña while Juan de Dios and Lorenzo look on with great joy that all has turned out so well as their brother rides off with his lady love.



  1. Los Tres Haustecos on YouTube
  2. Chavez, Denise, "Loving Pedro Infante", Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, (2001), p. 5. This author states: "Some people call [Pedro Infante] the Bing Crosby of Mexico, but he's more, much more than that. He was bigger than Bing Crosby or even Elvis Presley."
  3. La Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
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