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Cha-Cha-Cha Boom! (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 2 October 1956 (USA)
In this fictional film in which performers using their own name do fictional things with fictional people there is no one playing 'Self', but there is a record-company talent scout, Bill ... See full summary »



(story) (as James B. Gordon), (screenplay) (as James B. Gordon)


Cast overview:
Dámaso Pérez Prado ...
Himself (as Perez Prado and His Orchestra)
Mary Kaye ...
Herself (as Mary Kaye Trio)
Jud Conlon ...
Himself (as The Judd Conlon Group)
Helen Grayco ...
Herself, Helen Grayco
Luis Arcaraz ...
Himself (as Luis Arcaraz and His Orchestra)
Lucerito Bárcenas ...
Manny Lopez ...
Himself (as Manny Lopez and His Orchestra)
Bill Haven
Debbie Farmer
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales ...
Pedro Fernandez
Nita Munay
Charles Evans ...
George Evans
Howard Wright ...
Harry Teasdale
Dante DiPaolo ...
Elvarez (as Dante De Paulo)
Bernie Lowe ...
Himself (as Bernie Lowe and His Orchestra)


In this fictional film in which performers using their own name do fictional things with fictional people there is no one playing 'Self', but there is a record-company talent scout, Bill Haven, who is ordered by his boss, Teasdale, to deliver some new talent or lose his job, and since no talent that has talent wants to work for Teasdale, Bill has tough sledding. Bill's fiancée, Debbie Farmer, employed by another record company, tries to get Bill to join her department but macho-man Bill doesn't want to work with a woman boss, even if she is sweet on him. He decides to form his own record company and thinks that, first he should find some new talent and new kind of music, so his company will have something and somebody to record. He and his buddy, Pablo, go down to Cuba, just ahead of Castro's troops, and he discovers the dance team of Sylvia Lewis and Dante De Paul (their dancing should sell a lot of records if somebody ever invents DVDs), and their music is supplied by Perez Prado ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TORRID...and TERRIFIC! (original print ad - all caps)


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Release Date:

2 October 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cha Cha Bum  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Theme from Picnic
Music by George Duning
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Cha-Cha-Cha -Thud
17 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This distressingly dull attempt to cash in on the cha-cha-cha craze has a smidgen of good music, a large number of so-so mambos, and only one true cha cha cha. The musical performances -- unlike with the rock n roll movies -- do not have much visual panache, so that one is left staring at a band just sitting there and playing. Oddly enough, the standout number is the non-Latin Mary Kaye trio doing a swinging version of Lonesome Road. (Too bad their other two numbers are dreadful.) The numbers by Manny Lopez -- full of flutes and a string section -- have a very authentic Cuban sound, but perhaps a bit twee sounding when compared with the mambos and cha-cha-chas that became popular in the US.

There is a plot -- something about an A&R man going out on his own to start a record company based on finding a new sound somewhere in Cuba. (Somehow the dolt missed Benny More, but did dig up his old boss Perez Prado.) It, if possible, is even a little more disposable than the usual Sam Katzman hack job. There is the usual hot blooded Latina stereotyping, a typically offensive jungle rhythm kind of number, and average for the day 50s sexual stereotyping.

If you like Cuban music, go find yourself an old LP instead, or put on a Buena Vista Social Club CD. This one is just not worth the time.

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