The honesty of the lock (La honradez de la cerradura)

A bourgeois marriage is visited by The Lady, a lender who asks them to keep some money because she fears that it can be stolen by the maid. The Husband and wife accept, although they are surprised and overwhelmed by the request of the stranger. The next morning, the Lady dies, so the marriage decides to keep the money. However, shortly they receive a man’s visit, who introduce himself as a brother-in-law of the Lady’s maid, and he confesses that the Lady died victim of a panic attack to learn that her brothers-in-law wanted to keep her money. He also knows, through a note from the deceased that the money is in the marriage’s house, and he blackmails them. They accept, destroy the note, and end up reproaching each other for everything that has happened.


RELEVANT FACTS: Frenetic play whose success got it adapted to cinema with Paco Rabal, and it was broadcasted in Spanish Television in the program Primera fila in 1964.

Benavente won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1922. He treated all the theatrical genres and developed a broad gallery of human characters. Many of his plays have been taken to cinema with success and many versions for TV have been made. Benavente’s dialogues are excellent, full with irony. He has been compared to Oscar Wilde.




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