Silk Doll is a sophisticated musical comedy with shades of social commentary about the daughter of a suburban tailor who ends up in the middle of a plot to pay her family’s rent debts. Following Madame Vale’s plans, she passes for a rich young woman educated in Paris. Attending high-society soirees, she soon becomes the town’s musical sensation, captivating everyone including businessman João Siqueira, the man her father owns money to. But she did not count on a sudden twist of fate.
Born in São Paulo, in 1892, and deceased in 1972. He graduated in pharmacology and odontology and started out his career writing light comedic fare such as Terra natal, on foreign influences on Rio’s customs. That was the theme of Silk Doll, a critical and box-office hit. Alegria, his following film, remained unfinished. That took him to Argentina, where he directed El hombre que nació dos vezes. His last film was 1949’s Quase no céu.