In 1959, Sampaguita Pictures brought together a powerhouse cast of six great actors and actresses, all Famas award winners in one great movie, Tanikalang Apoy. Heading the list were Paraluman (Best Actress, Sino ang Maysala?, 1957), Rita Gomez (Best Actress, 1958), Lolita Rodriguez (Best Actress, Gilda, 1956), Van de Leon (Best Actor, Taga sa Bato, 1957), Eddie Garcia (Best Supporting Actor, Taga sa Bato,1957 and Condenado, 1958) and Etang Discher (Best Supporting Actress, Busabos, 1957).
"Tanikalang Apoy" (1959)
Release Date April 10-19, 1959/ Life
Story Pablo S. Gomez
Serialized in Pilipino Komiks
Screenplay Tommy David
Music Danny Holmsen
Direction Jose de Villa
Cast Paraluman, Rita Gomez, Lolita Rodriguez, Eddie ARenas, Carlos Salazar, Eddie Garcia, Etang Discher and Van de Leon (Guest Star)/ with Matimtiman Cruz and Bella Flores
Standing (l-r) Rita Gomez, Lolita Rodriguez, Paraluman and seated, Etang Discher
Nobela ni Pablo S. Gomez
Guhit ni Nestor Redondo
Inilathala sa Pilipino Komiks
It tells of an eccentric family with a mysterious background and bizarre secrets. Rodil (Van de Leon), the eldest of the brood of four children, came home with a bride, Ester (Lolita Rodriguez), upon the dismay and frustration of his authoritarian and senseless mother, Donya Roberta (Etang Discher). What would be a blissful, happy married life, turned out to be a living hell for Ester. She had to contend and deal not only with her mother-in-law but with her two sisters-in-law, Rebecca (Paraluman) and Roda (Rita Gomez) and brother-in-law, Rodrigo (Eddie Garcia). Donya Roberta and her four children had their own stories to tell and as the story unfolded, horrendous secrets were revealed. The more Ester unravel the truth, the more her life was in peril. She was drawn closer to her doom.
The movie won for Eddie Garcia the Famas Best Supporting Actor (his third and three in a row) and two nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Etang Discher) and Best Musical Score (Danny Holmsen).