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Las luces de Buenos Aires (1931)

A headhunter search for talents in the Argentinian country. He recruits two sisters for his show. But soon they will discover the big city is not made for them.


Adelqui Migliar (as Adelqui Millar)


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Credited cast:
Carlos Gardel ... Anselmo
Sofía Bozán Sofía Bozán ... Elvira del Solar
Gloria Guzmán ... Rosita
Pedro Quartucci ... Pablo Soler
Carlos Martínez Baena Carlos Martínez Baena ... Empresario
Manuel Kuindós Manuel Kuindós ... Alberto Villamil
Marita Ángeles Marita Ángeles ... Lily
Vicente Padula Vicente Padula ... Ciriaco (as Vincent Padula)
Jorge Infante Jorge Infante ... Romualdo
José Argüelles José Argüelles ... Secretario
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guillermo Desiderio Barbieri Guillermo Desiderio Barbieri ... First Guittar of Carlos Gardel
Antoñita Colomé


A headhunter, his wife and a friend are in search of talents in the Argentinian "pampa". They find a country girl and her sister and take with them to act in a Buenos Aires theatre, leaving her fiancée (Carlos Gardel). Soon the city lights spoil her. His boyfriend goes to the big city to take her back, but soon he realizes she has changed not for good... Written by Superstar

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Argentina | USA



Release Date:

6 December 1931 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

As Luzes de Buenos Aires See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Studios Paramount See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pedro Quartucci, who plays Pablo Soler, an ex-boxer who becomes a singer and dancer in the film, was really an ex-boxer that won the bronze medal in 1924 Olympic games in Paris and who became singer and dancer after leaving the ring. The role was written on purpose for him. See more »


Featured in To the Heart (1996) See more »


Canto por no llorar
Sung by Sofía Bazán
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Carlos Gardel first steps in movies
15 October 2015 | by MegaSuperstarSee all my reviews

Considering the poor quality of the sound and image of this film it is difficult to understand why it has not been restored yet. You need to be a real Carlos Gardel fan to enjoy it. Although speaking Spanish fluently it is difficult to understand a lot of dialogs. Even the songs are not hits except "Tomo y obligo". This was the first Carlos Gardel film for Paramount and his character does not appear in many scenes. The audiences discovered his great voice in this film and his big talent to sing tangos, asking the cinema projectionists to repeat the scene where he sings "Tomo y obligo" several times during its viewing. For very devoted fans only.

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