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La Cucaracha (1934)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Musical | 31 August 1934 (USA)
Señor Martinez, a famous theater owner, visits a local café in Mexico because of its reputation for good food and to audition the famous dancer who performs there. Martinez tells the café ... See full summary »

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Lloyd Corrigan

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Lloyd Corrigan (story), Carly Wharton (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steffi Duna ... Chaquita
Don Alvarado ... Pancho
Paul Porcasi ... Señor Martinez
Eduardo Durant Eduardo Durant ... Orchestra Leader
Eduardo Durant's Rhumba Band Eduardo Durant's Rhumba Band ... Orchestra
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Storyline

Señor Martinez, a famous theater owner, visits a local café in Mexico because of its reputation for good food and to audition the famous dancer who performs there. Martinez tells the café owner that if the dancer is as good as he has heard, he will offer the dancer a contract to perform in his theater. The café's female singer hears about this and is determined that he won't leave the café without her. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Melody Drama Of Dazzling Splendor In Technicolor

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Short | Comedy | Musical

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1934 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Color:

Color (3-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Natalie Kalmus, wife of Technicolor developer Herbert T. Kalmus, didn't like the use of colored lights in the production. However, upon leaving the studio she was struck by a car and hospitalized, so the production continued with the theatrical colored lighting plan, ignoring her dictum. See more »

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Featured in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »

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La Cucaracha
Traditional
Performed by Steffi Duna, with Eduardo Durant and his Orchestra
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Decent Short
24 February 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

La Cucaracha (1934)

** (out of 4)

This Oscar-nominated film is rather short on story, which takes a backseat to the studio's use of Technicolor. The film tells the story of a Spanish singer (Steffi Duna) who is worried that her lover/dancer (Don Alvarado) is about to be taken away for a bigger gig so she goes out of her way to ruin his meeting with the producer (Paul Porcasi). This short is certainly very hit and miss because while the story is rather bland, the performances and look of the movie are top notch. I really enjoyed the visual look of the film and the print quality is still strong enough to show off the rather good looking colors. Just take a look early in the film at a greenish colored cape, which just looks marvelous. I also enjoyed all three of the main characters due in large part to the fun performances with Duna really sticking out with her beauty and charm. With that said, the story is pretty weak and the movie goes by at a snail's pace.


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