| Comedy, Drama
,First of four Don Quixote films featuring Fernando Rey in some capacity. In this one, he played Sansón Carrasco. He would later be in Don Quijote von der Mancha (1965), Don Quijote de la Mancha (1991), and supply new narration for the final scene in Don Quixote (1992).
When Don Quixote arrives at the inn during the early scenes of the film, he cannot eat because the visor of his helmet gets in the way, preventing him from feeding himself. He will not allow anyone to remove the helmet because it would involve cutting the ribbons that attach the visor to it. So, he has to be fed by the innkeeper and the serving wenches, and he drinks liquid through a straw-like piece of cane (one person holds the cane while the other one pours wine into it). All of this is exactly as in the novel, but in the book, it is implied that because he will not allow his helmet to be removed, Don Quixote holds vigil over his armor and is later "dubbed" a knight with the helmet still on. In the film, however, when Don Quixote asks the innkeeper to dub him knight, he is no longer wearing the helmet, and there is no explanation of when it was removed.
At the end of the film, instead of a "FIN" [The End] title card, the end credits read "Y eso no fue el fin, sino el principio" [And that was not the end, but the beginning].
The U.S. release of this film was about half-an-hour shorter than the full-length version.