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Cuban Rhythm (1941)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Music | 14 June 1941 (USA)
Two professional dancers beautifully demonstrate the rumba and conga while actors humorously display some incorrect techniques for those dances.



(screenplay) (as E. Maurice Adler), (book)


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Complete credited cast:
Pete Smith ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Madeline Pollard ...
Herself - Dancer (as Pollard and Alvarez)
Mickey Alvarez ...
Himself - Dancer (as Pollard and Alvarez)


Using Arthur Murray's teaching techniques, Pete Smith's narration, and demonstrations by Pollard and Alvarez, we get a detailed lesson in the rumba and a quick lesson in the conga. Interspersed with useful illustrations are comic ones of dancers making errors. The rumba lesson consists of how to stand, head, hip, and knee action, the box step and the box turn, the walking step, various under the hand turns, and the drag step. The conga demonstration includes various couples from cultures around the world (Scots, Eskimo, Russians, Swiss, and others) dancing the conga. Cuban music plays throughout. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy | Music






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14 June 1941 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Decent Smith Short
4 April 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Cuban Rhythm (1941)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Pete Smith short demonstrates the twist and turns of Cuban dancing. Professional dancers Madeline Pollard and Mickey Alvarez show us various moves to do and shows what type of stuff not to do. We get to see how you should move her first, where to place your hands and so on. After this we get to see some average joe's stepping up and doing the moves and needless to say things aren't as smooth. This is a fairly entertaining short that works as a documentary on the dancing but only a few of the laughs from Smith come through. One large guy trying to do the dance gets a pretty good laugh. The Conga dancing is certainly the highlight.

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