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The Cuban Love Song (1931)

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

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

C. Gardner Sullivan (screen play), Bess Meredyth (screen play) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Tibbett ... Terry
Lupe Velez ... Nenita
Ernest Torrence ... Romance
Jimmy Durante ... O.O. Jones
Karen Morley ... Crystal
Louise Fazenda ... Elvira
Hale Hamilton ... John
Mathilde Comont ... Aunt Rose
Philip Cooper Philip Cooper ... Terry Jr. (as Phillip Cooper)
Ernesto Lecuona and the Palau Brothers' Cuban Orchestra Ernesto Lecuona and the Palau Brothers' Cuban Orchestra
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melodia Cubana See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Following the completion of this film, Lawrence Tibbett took a lengthy break (nearly four years) from acting in motion pictures. During this break Tibbett almost exclusively acted on the live stage or sang opera. See more »

Goofs

Riverside plants clearly have wires attached to them and are moved by the wires to create a more natural scene. This is most apparent when Terry's friends are on the boat trying to reach Terry and tell him the news of the war's outbreak. See more »

Quotes

Nenita: [Repeated line] Stupido!
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Connections

Features Her Man (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Tramps at Sea
(1931) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Herbert Stothart, Jimmy McHugh (as James McHugh) and Dorothy Fields
Sung by Lawrence Tibbett
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Interesting
16 May 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

A very interesting and quite fun little film featuring Lawrence Tibbett. Yes the story is creaky, the film is too short and some of the dialogue is pretty routine. But against all that in the film's favour we have nice production values, wonderful music full of zest and authentic flavour, a fiery Lupe Velez, a zany Jimmy Durante and Ernest Torrence who provide the amusing comedy nicely and a truly terrific turn from the master baritone himself Lawrence Tibbett both in presence and particularly in singing. The direction is also pretty good, The Cuban Love Song goes at a snappy pace while not slowing down too much in the slower interludes and the stars seem to be having fun. All in all, interesting and worth seeing for Tibbett. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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