En la palma de tu mano (In the Palm of Your Hand). 1951. Mexico. Directed by Roberto Gavaldón. Screenplay by Luis Spota, José Revueltas and Roberto Galvadón. With Arturo de Córdova, Leticia Palma, Ramón Gay. In Spanish; English subtitles. 113 min.
With the slightly frayed good looks of an aging matinee idol, Arturo de Córdova became Mexican noir’s perfect patsy, helplessly in thrall to his erotic obsessions. The film’s title cuts two ways: as the fraudulent fortune teller Professor Karin, Córdova uses the secrets of his female clientele to blackmail them, while at the same time he is a pawn in the higher game being played by a treacherous widow (Leticia Palma). The memorable score is by Gavaldón’s regular collaborator Raúl Lavista.