Se vende un tranvía

 

A Tram for Sale

In the patio of an intimate, small prison, an inmate called Julián tells the story of the events that have brought him there. Instead of being satisfied with the normal swindles everybody knows, he looks for a victim to get his money with a new plan. After finding a distrustful man with a lot of money from a small town, he calls his sidekicks and stages a careful plan to sell him a tram that runs through Madrid. To raise the man’s interest for the fake business, each member of the band plays his own role: the businessman who owns the tram, a nurse he can help with charity, a travelling salesman who keeps watch, the conductor, the inspector, a tax collector... The man falls into the trap and, after offering an advance payment, he goes back the next day with a friend who is interested in buying another tram. The swindlers quickly improvise something to obtain more benefits from their plan. After being reported by those swindled, Julián is found trying to sell an aerostatic beacon taken from a US base to another unsuspecting man.

Production year
1959