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

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(3-strip Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Carly Wharton was married to John Wharton, the lawyer for wealthy investor John Hay Whitney. She once told how, in the course of a conversation about Technicolor, she and Robert Edmond Jones were "recruited" by Whitney at a cocktail party given by him. See more »

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

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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A Fun Lightweight Feature
2 March 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

It's pretty lightweight, but "La Cucaracha" is fun to watch, and it is not without a couple of clever touches to go with the colorful setting, the likable characters, and the simple story. The early Technicolor still looks pretty good, and it has held up better than the sound (as the other reviewers here have mentioned, the sound is sometimes a bit muddled). It also has a good energy level and an upbeat feel to it.

Steffi Duna stars as a café singer in love with the dancer who also performs there. She becomes worried when a visiting impresario considers taking the dancer to the city to give him his big break, so she makes plans to disrupt his visit. Duna works well in the part, since she is attractive in a mischievous sort of way, and she makes the simple character believable. Paul Porcasi, so often cast in tiny parts, gets a chance to play a larger role here, and he is well cast as Martinez.

The story is somewhat predictable, but pleasant, and it has some funny moments. The whole movie works pretty well for a short feature of its era and genre.


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