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Los martes, orquídeas

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Los martes, orquídeas
Los martes, orquideas.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrancisco Múgica
Screenplay byFrancisco Oyarzábal
Story byCarlos A. Olivari
Sixto Pondal Ríos
StarringMirtha Legrand
Enrique Serrano
Juan Carlos Thorry
CinematographyAlfredo Traverso
Music byEnrique Delfino
Distributed byLumiton
Release date
Running time
84 minutes

Los martes, orquídeas (On Tuesdays, Orchids) is a 1941 Argentine black and white comedy film directed by Francisco Múgica and starring Mirtha Legrand, Enrique Serrano, Juan Carlos Thorry and Nuri Montsé. It won the Argentine Best Picture award for 1941. It was remade as the Hollywood classic You Were Never Lovelier (1942), starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth.[1][2]


Elenita, the youngest of four sisters in a well-off family, is a shy, romantic and lonely lady. To try to bring her to life, her father sends her a bouquet of orchids each week, so she will think she has a secret admirer.[3] At the same time, her father hires a young, unemployed actor to pose as the wealthy suitor. Comic situations start to slowly develop, as he dresses in fancy clothes, rides a horse and attends a party thrown by Elenita's family. By the time the ruse comes to light, the young couple have fallen in love and decided to marry. The father expects that his daughter will reject the young man when she learns he is poor and of Italian origin, but to his dismay she accepts him as he is.[4]


L-R: Zully Moreno, Mirtha Legrand, Nuri Montsé and Silvana Roth in a publicity shot for the film.
L-R: Zully Moreno, Mirtha Legrand, Nuri Montsé and Silvana Roth in a publicity shot for the film.

The full cast was:[5]


Los martes, orquídeas was produced by Lumiton studios. The script, written by Francisco Oyarzábal, was based on a simple yet effective story by Carlos A. Olivari and Sixto Pondal Ríos.

Although the stars were Enrique Serrano, Juan Carlos Thorry and Nuri Montsé, the film introduced Mirtha Legrand as Elenita, in her first leading role, which catapulted her to fame.[3]


Los martes, orquídeas was considered the best comedy that had been made in Argentina to date. It launched the career of the young Mirtha Legrand,[6] and remains a classic in the country's film history.


The Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences gave a number of awards for the film:[7]

  • Best Film: Lumiton
  • Best original story: Pondal Sixto Ríos and Carlos Olivari
  • Special mention: Mirtha Legrand


Columbia Pictures used the film as the basis for You Were Never Lovelier (1942), starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth.[1][2] It was also remade as the mexican romantic drama Una joven de 16 años ("A Sixteen Year Old Girl", 1963).[2]



  • "ARCHIVO · Premios Anuales 1941 - 1953" (in Spanish). Academia de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas. Archived from the original on 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
  • Karush, Matthew B. (2012-05-15). Culture of Class: Radio and Cinema in the Making of a Divided Argentina, 1920–1946. Duke University Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-8223-5264-8. Retrieved 2014-06-01.
  • "Los martes orquideas". Todo Argentina. Retrieved 2014-06-01.
  • "On Tuesdays, Orchids". IMDb. Retrieved 2014-06-01.
  • Parkinson, David (2007-08-01). The Rough Guide to Film Musicals. Rough Guides. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-7566-4712-4. Retrieved 2014-06-01.
  • Plazaola, Luis Trelles (1989-01-01). South American Cinema/ Cine De America Del Sur: Dictionary of Film Makers/ Diccionario De Los Productores De Peliculas. La Editorial, UPR. ISBN 978-0-8477-2011-8. Retrieved 2014-06-01.

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