Boyfriend in Sight

In 1918 Europe, Enrique and Loli are two teenagers in love who, after the school year finishes, are going to spend the summer together with their well-off families in a nice summer resort by the sea. While they are there, the youngsters spend their time playing games with the gang, except for Enrique, who has to revise and re-take the subjects he failed. Loli’s mother, however, has laid eyes on Federico, a young engineer who belongs to an upper-class family and is very popular in town, because he is a good partner for her daughter, whose female features are beginning to develop. From that day on, she tries her best to make that relationship happen, so she makes her daughter spend long hours with such a catch.

However, Loli’s friends, including Enrique himself, are not ready to lose one of the gang members and decide to rebel against the adults by kidnapping the girl, with her consent. After taking cover on a nearby hill, they are attacked by their families, who have organized themselves as a military front, and a silly battle with pines and stones starts. By the end of the summer everything seems to have settled. However, things will never be the same because Loli, secretly flattered by the engineer, chooses this affected suitor. Meanwhile, Enrique fails his exams again due to his lack of knowledge of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Production: Benito Perojo P.C. – C.E.A. (Madrid).

Director: Luis García Berlanga.

Story: Edgar Neville.

Screenplay: Edgar Neville, José Luis Colina, Juan Antonio Bardem and Luis García Berlanga,

Director of Photography: Cecilio Paniagua, Sebastián Perera and Miguel Milá (B/W).

Music: Juan Quintero.

Editor: Pepita Orduña.

Set Decorator: Sigfrido Burman.

Costume Design: Emilio Burgos.

Producer: Benito Perojo.

Executive Producer: Miguel Tudela.

Production Managers: Abelardo García and V. Giraldo.

Assistants Director: Agustín Navarro and Eduardo Ducay. Continuity: Carmen Pageo. Second Cameraman: Alejandro Ulloa, Mario Pacheco, Ángel Ampuero and Antonio Macasoli. Still photographer: Simón López and Beringola. Production Assistants: Miguel Pérez and J. M. Lagos. Make-up Artist: Carmen Martín and Dolores Clavel. Sound Engineer: Ramón Arnal. Assistant Editor: Alicia Castillo. Carpenter: Antonio Luna. Costume Design: Cornejo. Set Constructor: Francisco R. Asensio. Film Studios: C.E.A. – C. Lineal (Madrid). Soundtrack: Fono España (Madrid). Sound System: Western Electric. Laboratory: Madrid Film (Madrid).

Cast

Josette Arno (Loli), Jorge Vico (Enrique), Julia Caba Alba (doña Dolores), José María Rodero (Federico), Antonio Vico (don Vicente), Antonio Riquelme (Cortina), Julia Lajos (doña Lucía), Irene Caba Alba (Mrs. Cortina), Fernando Aguirre (Amorós), Alicia Altabella (enigmatic woman), José Luis López Vázquez (Juanito Renovales), Luis Roses (don Enrique), Carlos Díaz de Mendoza (don Valentín), Mercedes Muñoz Sampedro (doña Adela), Luis Pérez de León (Ballester), Josefina Bejarano (doña Gervasia), Elisa Méndez (Felipito’s mother), Juana Ginzo (Clotilde), Elena Montserrat (doña Margarita), María Luisa Arias (Pepote’s mother), Concha López Silva (Charo’s grandmother), José Alburquerque (professor #1), Mateo Guitart (professor #2), Carmen Villa (woman), Antonio Truyols (don José), Enrique Sánchez Guzmán (el Gordo/the Fat man), María Teresa Penella [Terele Pávez] (Charo), Conchita Fernández, Ana María Caballero, Jaime Ibran, Rafael Membiela, Mauricio Lapena, María Teresa del Castillo, Federico Urquidi, María Dolores de la Cámara, Fernando Rujas, Juan Díez Nicolás.

Awards
Filming Location

Benicàssim (Castellón).
More information

Release Date: 15 February 1954.

Official Film Rating: Primera B (First Class B).

Year of production

1953


Year of release in Spain

1954