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The Cuban Love Song (1931)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 5 December 1931 (USA)
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 »

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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

Terry: You think you've made a mess of things, eh? Oh, buck up! It isn't too late.
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Connections

Features Her Man (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theodore A. Metz
In the score briefly in a San Francisco scene
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The Great Metropolitan Baritone In A Variation On "Madame Butterfly"
24 March 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Lawrence Tibbett had a varied and distinguished career at the Met. In "Metropolitan," he got to sing operatic arias. The music here is schmaltz, though he delivers it with great beauty.

He strides around the sound stage as if on a theatrical stage -- but that's not a problem. The movie itself is fairly silly.

Jimmy Durante is somewhat restrained as his military buddy. And, lucky guy! He has romances with two lovely ladies. Karen Morley is the kind woman back home. And that famous Cuban Lupe Velez is the peanut-seller he meets while in the service.

Velez is allowed little of the fieriness and tantrums that marked her "Mexican Spitfire" series and most other movies I've seen her in. She appealing.

I won't give anything away. (It's far from a work of art or a suspenseful movie, anyway.) However, the plot does seem a Hollywood riff on "Madame Butterfly."


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