Pueblo chico, infierno grande

Pueblo chico, infierno grande
Genre Telenovela
Created by Javier Ruán
Written by Javier Ruán
Mario Hernández
Sergio Schmucler
Begoña Fernández
Directed by Benjamín Cann
Starring Verónica Castro
Guillermo Capetillo
Enrique Rocha
Jorge Russek
Alma Delfina
Theme music composer Juan Carlos Calderón
Opening theme Pena de amor y muerte by Verónica Castro
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 150
Executive producer(s) José Alberto Castro
Producer(s) Ernesto Hernández
Location(s) Filming
Televisa San Ángel
Mexico City, Mexico
Hidalgo, Mexico
Veracruz, Mexico
Michoacán, Mexico
Puebla, Mexico
Cinematography Isabel Basurto
Editor(s) Hector Márquez
Running time 21-22 minutes
Production company(s) Televisa
Distributor Televisa
Original network Canal de las Estrellas
Picture format 480i SDTV
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release January 6 – August 1, 1997
Preceded by Te sigo amando (21:00)/(22:00)
Followed by La jaula de oro (21:00)
Salud, dinero y amor (22:00)

Pueblo chico, infierno grande (English title: Small town, big hell) is a Mexican telenovela produced by José Alberto Castro for Televisa in 1997.[1] Pueblo chico, infierno grande is a historical telenovela set in the Pre-Mexican Revolution period. It also aired on Univision in the United States. Televisa has released an abridged DVD version of the novela in several countries.

On January 6, 1997, Canal de las Estrellas started broadcasting Pueblo chico, infierno grande weekdays at 10:00pm, replacing Te sigo amando. The last episode was broadcast on August 1, 1997 with La jaula de oro replacing it the following day.

Verónica Castro, Juan Soler and Guillermo Capetillo starred as protagonists, while Alma Delfina starred as main antagonist.


The story takes place in Nahuatzen, a small town in the Sierra Purépecha in Michoacán, Mexico, early 1900. The young girl Leonarda Ruán (Aracely Arámbula), is the youngest daughter of the venerable Don Prisciliano Ruan (Enrique Rocha).

The day of the feast of the town's patron saint, Saint Louis of France, Leonarda discovers her feelings for Hermilo Jaimes (Kuno Becker), a poor boy who works in a grocery store. But that afternoon, the old Don Rosendo Equigua (Jorge Russek) the richest man in Nahuatzen, sets his eyes on the girl.

Don Prisciliano disapproves of the love between Leonarda and Hermilo, and yields the girl's hand to Rosendo. That same afternoon, a girl named Magdalena Beltran (Evangelina Sosa), falls for a young man nicknamed "El Batan" (Jose Maria Yazpik). Her mother, Inmaculada (Socorro Bonilla), is surprised that she feels lust for "El Batan".

Leonarda is forced to marry Rosendo. Hermilo leaves town, but swears he will one day be very strong and return for her. Meanwhile, Magdalena discovers her mother in bed with "El Batan". She wanders the streets and falls into perdition in the whorehouse from "La Tapanca" (Lilia Aragón).

A few months after her marriage with Leonarda, Rosendo dies. At 16 years, Leonarda is a widow and Nahuatzen's richest woman, but she vows to wait for Hermilo.... 20 years go by, and Leonarda (Verónica Castro), returns from a long trip through Europe. On her return, while hanging around her properties she meets a handsome 20 year old young man named Genaro (Juan Soler).

Genaro and Leonarda feel a strong attraction for each other, and Leonarda let's him work on her farm. Throughout the town, women feel fascination for Genaro's striking resemblance with St. Louis. Some of the girls are Indalecia (Mónika Sánchez), an evil Indian, Leonarda's servant and Braulia Felicitas (Karyme Lozano), a rich girl from the region. But Genaro only has eyes for Leonarda, and both end up confessing their love.

The whole town is shocked by their relationship. Genaro is 20 years younger than Leonarda and could be her son. Meanwhile, Magdalena (Alma Delfina) now calls herself "La Beltraneja" and leads the whorehouse of "La Tapanca". One night when Genaro and Leonarda argue, he visits the home of La Beltraneja, and drunk, asks her to marry him, sparking an obsession in the woman.

The evil Sheriff of Nahuatzen, Consejo Serratos (Salvador Sánchez), loves Leonarda and despises Genaro. The situation is further complicated when Hermilo Jaimes (Guillermo Capetillo) returns now a rich gentleman. However Leonarda reluctantly confesses Hermilo her new feelings. He decides to wait.

Leonarda refuses to marry Genaro because she is sterile and can never bear children. The Puritan Leonarda's sisters, Cleotilde (Anna Silvetti), Eloísa (Olivia Bucio) and Jovita (Silvia Manríquez), are the main judges. Characters like the Father Arceo (Luis Gimeno), the healer Martina "La Perra" (Patricia Reyes Spíndola) the Nanny Maclovia (Angelina Peláez), Don Arcadio (José Carlos Ruiz) and Miss Gildarda (Beatriz Cecilia) are your only allies.

The bomb exploded when La Beltraneja finds the love of Genaro and Leonarda, and jealousy and crazy looking apart. Braulia and Indalecia adds to the loving quintet. Leonarda will have to endure the calumnies of the people and fight for her love for Genaro.

A love story of Leonarda and Genaro and his associates already mentioned, adds the stories of other villagers: The sisters Porfiria and Rutila Cumbios (Rosa Maria Bianchi and Ana Bertha Espín), Miss Gildard Zavala and her mother Mrs. Hipolita (Alicia Montoya), the Leonarda's sisters, and Leonarda's nephews, Priscilla (Ana de la Reguera) and Baldo (Germán Gutiérrez), who are in love despite being first cousins, A Little town, is now a Big hell...


1st part

2nd part


Year Award Category Nominee Result
1998 16th TVyNovelas Awards Best Supporting Actress Alma Delfina Won
Best Art Direction Arturo Flores
Best DecorSandra Cortés
Best Original Story or AdaptationJavier Ruán



  1. "Pueblo chico, infierno grande" (in Spanish). alma-latina.net. Archived from the original on September 11, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
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