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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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Complete credited cast:
Steffi Duna ... Chaquita
Don Alvarado ... Pancho
Paul Porcasi ... Señor Martinez
Eduardo Durant Eduardo Durant ... Orchestra Leader
Eduardo Durant's Rhumba Band Eduardo Durant's Rhumba Band ... Orchestra


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


Short | Comedy | Musical








Release Date:

31 August 1934 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$50,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)


Color (3-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Natalie Kalmus, wife of Technicolor developer Herbert T. Kalmus, didn't like the use of colored lights in the production. However, upon leaving the studio she was struck by a car and hospitalized, so the production continued with the theatrical colored lighting plan, ignoring her dictum. See more »


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La Cucaracha
Performed by Steffi Duna, with Eduardo Durant and his Orchestra
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Fascinating little gem
25 July 2001 | by eocostelloSee all my reviews

Well worth finding a copy; the first live-action 3-strip Technicolor film is very pretty to watch (note in particular the beautiful blues in some of the costumes), is well-timed, and has a funny set piece in which the pompous theatre owner gets a well-deserved commupance from the fiery lady. The only problem is that the sound quality of the Roan DVD, which I have, was not very good, and made it very difficult to understand some of the dialogue. I probably would have given this a higher rating than the 7 I gave it, if the sound quality had been better. All the same, I recommend it.

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