Two of Mexico's finest actors star in this early fiery melodrama by master director Luis Bunuel. Pedro Armendariz plays Pedro - "El Bruto"; a physically strong, but simple-minded slaughterhouse worker who is hired by Andres (Andres Soler), the ruthless landlord of an apartment complex (due for demolition), to evict unwanted tenants. Pedro's life is complicated when he falls for his seductive co-worker, Paloma, played by Ariel-winner Katy Jurado - who also happens to be the slumlord's wife. Things get stickier for Pedro when, whilst strong-arming the tenants of the old building, he accidentally kills an old man who stands up to him. Pedro duly flees with Paloma, now his lover, and the pair go into hiding. Meanwhile Meche (Rosa Arenas), the young and charming daughter of the murdered man, assists Pedro in avoiding the furious neighbour tennants, all the while unaware that she is aiding the murderer of her father. In time, Pedro starts to feel that he is being used by Andres, although he is (perhaps unsurprisingly) the last to realize something important about his erstwhile employer. In the meantime, 'El Bruto' begins to develop feelings for Meche, eventually offering his home to her. For her part, Meche soon develops a soft spot for the naive and suggestible Pedro.