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La Cucaracha (1934)

Approved  |   |  Short, Comedy, Musical  |  31 August 1934 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Steffi Duna ...
Chaquita
Don Alvarado ...
Pancho
Paul Porcasi ...
Señor Martinez
Eduardo Durant ...
Orchestra Leader
Eduardo Durant's Rhumba Band ...
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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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31 August 1934 (USA)  »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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(3-strip Technicolor)

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The first full color live action film. See more »

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Soundtracks

Mexican Hat Dance (El jarabe tapatío)
Music by Felipe A. Partichela
Performed by Don Alvarado (dance number), with Eduardo Durant and His Orchestra
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well, the colour is good ...
8 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

... even if the film is rather pointless. Made by RKO to show off the sumptuous three-strip Technicolor process for the first time (after several two-strip bits and full-length features had been made through the period of 1929-1933), La Cucaracha is very thin on story - it is mostly set in a bar with dancing, singing (the title song, obviously), and a bit of fighting.

The sound quality wasn't brilliant but the visual quality can't be faulted. This movie is on DVD as an extra to RKO's Dixiana (itself boasting beautiful two-strip colour in the final sequences) but is really on worth a look for historical interest.


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