Santo vs. the Infernal Men

(Santo contra Hombres Infernales)
Joselito Rodríguez | Fiction, Science Fiction, Adventure, Classic

1961 | 73 minutes | Mexico

El Santo helps an undercover agent take down a gang of drug smugglers in this new restauration of the Mexican cult classic.



Agent Joaquín recalls his latest mission while lying wounded in an ambulance: Joaquín has infiltrated a band of smugglers. When the villains learn the truth about him, they kidnap Joaquín's fiancee. Santo comes to her rescue and fights the band. Filmed at the same time as Santo vs. the Evil Brain, Santo vs. the Infernal Men was also shot in Cuba, and ended just the day before Fidel Castro entered Havana and declared the victory of the revolution.

In his forty-year career between 1958 and 1982, as a wrestling superstar, actor, and folk icon, Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta (working under the alias El Santo), starred or co-starred in 52 movies and films. He is considered to be one of Mexico's most legendary sporting figures and is said to have popularized professional wrestling in Mexico just as Rikidōzan did in Japan. He was buried wearing his silver mask, in one of the biggest funerals in Mexico. On 23 September 2016, to honor the 99th birthday of El Santo, Google ran a special El Santo Google daily doodle. A skeletal version of El Santo, complete with silver mask and cape, appears briefly in the Pixar film Coco as a guest at a party in the Land of the Dead, with actress María Félix as his date.

This film is part of The Permanencia Voluntaria Archives, whose main objective is to rescue, preserve, and restore the popular cinema of Mexico's cinematographic history.

Main credits

Refn, Nicolas Winding (film producer)
Zambrano, Enrique J. (screenwriter)
Zambrano, Enrique J. (film director)
Zambrano, Enrique J. (actor)
Osés, Fernando (screenwriter)
Rodríguez, Joselito (film director)
Guzmán Huerta, Rodolfo (actor)
Cordero, Joaquin (actor)
Romand, Gina (actor)
Marx, Jorge (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Carlos Nájera; editing, Jesús Echeverria; music, David Moreno.

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DIRECTOR: Joselito Rodríguez


YEAR: 1961

GENRE: Fiction, Science Fiction, Adventure, Classic


COLOR / B&W: Black and white

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adult



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