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The Cuban Love Song (1931)

Passed  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  5 December 1931 (USA)
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A guilt-ridden U.S. Marine returns to Cuba to try to find his illegitimate child.



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Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Tibbett ...
Ernest Torrence ...
O.O. Jones
Karen Morley ...
Hale Hamilton ...
Mathilde Comont ...
Aunt Rose
Philip Cooper ...
Terry Jr. (as Phillip Cooper)
Ernesto Lecuona and the Palau Brothers' Cuban Orchestra


A guilt-ridden U.S. Marine returns to Cuba to try to find his illegitimate child.

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Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

5 December 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melodia Cubana  »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Moïse Simons's 1929 song, "El Manisero," achieved popularity in the United States in 1932 (a year after this film was released), when it was translated into English by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Marion Sunshine. All verses in this film were in Spanish. See more »


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London Bridge is Falling Down
(1888) (uncredited)
Traditional nursery song
Sung a cappella and danced by Lawrence Tibbett, Ernest Torrence and Jimmy Durante
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The Great Metropolitan Baritone In A Variation On "Madame Butterfly"
24 March 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Lawrence Tibbett had a varied and distinguished career at the Met. In "Metropolitan," he got to sing operatic arias. The music here is schmaltz, though he delivers it with great beauty.

He strides around the sound stage as if on a theatrical stage -- but that's not a problem. The movie itself is fairly silly.

Jimmy Durante is somewhat restrained as his military buddy. And, lucky guy! He has romances with two lovely ladies. Karen Morley is the kind woman back home. And that famous Cuban Lupe Velez is the peanut-seller he meets while in the service.

Velez is allowed little of the fieriness and tantrums that marked her "Mexican Spitfire" series and most other movies I've seen her in. She appealing.

I won't give anything away. (It's far from a work of art or a suspenseful movie, anyway.) However, the plot does seem a Hollywood riff on "Madame Butterfly."

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