Four of the best-known, most popular actors in Mexican cinematic history star in this drama about the Mexican Revolution by equally well-known director Ismael Rodriguez. Maria Felix is Refugio and Dolores Del Rio is Chabela, two women who love the same man and who are both equally dedicated to fighting in the revolution. Pedro Armendariz is Valentin, their lover, and an aging Emilio Fernandez is Antonio.
The Adelitas were soldiers who fought and died in the Mexican Revolution in the decade of 1910. These were women and little girls who left their homes and families, lives and desires to fight for their country. However, today the Adelitas are represented as hypersexualized archetypes of Mexican women. They were the "housewives" who followed their men everywhere, even to their death.