Miguel Mihura

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Miguel Mihura Santos (born July 21, 1905 Madrid , † October 28, 1977 ibid) was a Spanish writer who worked as a writer of successful comedies , but also as an editor of satirical magazines and screenwriter. He is considered the most important representative of the Spanish-language humorous theater of the 20th century.


Miguel Mihura was the son of the actor and theater producer Miguel Mihura Álvarez. He grew up in Madrid, where he left school without a degree to instead work as a draftsman for humorous magazines. He later founded two satirical magazines: La ametralladora (The Machine Gun) during the civil war , which he spent on the side of the "National", and La Codorniz (The Quail) during the subsequent Franco dictatorship .

His work

His first stage work was Tres sombreros de copa ( Three Top Hat Hats , 1932), which was ahead of its time and was only premiered in the early 1950s. In this piece, based on a short amorous adventure of a man the night before his marriage, the narrow-minded world of the bourgeoisie is contrasted with the convention-free but financially constrained way of life of the artist world. Tres sombreros de copa is considered to be one of the most important works of Spanish theater of the 20th century and a forerunner of the theater of the absurd .

The later works were largely tabloid pieces . He was involved in the script of Bienvenido, Mr. Marshall , one of the most successful Spanish films of the 1950s.

Important works

  • Tres sombreros de copa (1932)
  • Sublime Decisión (1955)
  • Mi adorado Juan (1956)
  • Melocotón en almíbar ( The Angel with the Flower Pot , 1958)
  • Maribel y la extraña familia (1959)
  • Ninette y un señor de Murcia (1964)
  • Sólo el amor y la luna traen fortuna ; La Decente (1968).

Film adaptations

Collaboration with other authors

  • ¡Viva lo imposible! (1939)
  • Ni pobre ni rico, sino todo lo contrario (1943)
  • El caso de la mujer asesinadita (1946)

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