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Cuban Pete (1946)

Unable to complete the deal by telephone, advertising executive Roberts sends his assistant Ann to Cuba to lure a Cuban band, led by Desi Arnaz, on to an American radio program. Attracted ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

Robert Presnell Sr. (screenplay) (as Robert Presnell), M. Coates Webster (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Desi Arnaz ... Desi Arnaz
Ethel Smith ... Ethel Smith
Joan Shawlee ... Ann (as Joan Fulton)
Beverly Simmons Beverly Simmons ... Brownie
Don Porter ... Roberts
Jacqueline deWit ... Lindsay
Pedro de Cordoba ... Perez
Igor Dega Igor Dega ... Dance Specialty (as Igor and Yvette)
Yvette von Koris Yvette von Koris ... Dance Specialty (as Igor and Yvette)
The King Sisters The King Sisters ... Singers
Yvonne King Yvonne King ... Yvonne (as the King Sisters)
Luise King Luise King ... Luise (as the King Sisters)
Donna King Donna King ... Donna (as the King Sisters)
Alyce King Alyce King ... Alyce (as the King Sisters)
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Storyline

Unable to complete the deal by telephone, advertising executive Roberts sends his assistant Ann to Cuba to lure a Cuban band, led by Desi Arnaz, on to an American radio program. Attracted to Ann, Arnaz and his band come to New York but complications arise when the squeaky-voiced, addle-brained sponsor of the program decides she wants to be the vocalist on the program. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Down Cuba Way See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in I Love Lucy: The Diet (1951) See more »

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Cuban Pete
words and music by José Norman
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10 June 2003 | by evbabySee all my reviews

Okay, I can't really review the movie too much but then again, there's not really too much movie to review. It's typical studio musical fodder (and pretty low-budget at that) with the plot serving merely to convey us from one musical number to another. But what numbers! The movie's sole reason for existence was to showcase the hot, new (1946) Cuban sensation...Desi Arnaz! We got glimpses of his act in 'I Love Lucy' reruns but here, we get to see just how hot he was.

My lasting impression of this movie is of Desi leading his orchestra through some wild, propulsive, Latin rhythm, Conga drum slung over his shoulder, sweat streaming down his chest and disappearing beneath his half-buttoned shirt, whipping his long black hair out of his eyes and yelling at the top of his lungs. He was, in short, a rock star! One can imagine why he would have been tempted to stray from Lucy...women were probably throwing themselves at his feet. This was one sexy guy! When you see the movie, feel free to fast-forward (I doubt this is going to find it's way to DVD) to the musical numbers. They're all you need to see but you'll probably want to see them two or three times.


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