Cha-Cha-Cha Boom! (1956)

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In this fictional film in which performers using their own name do fictional things with fictional people there is no one playing 'Self', but there is a record-company talent scout, Bill ... See full summary »


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17 April 2008 | alonzoiii-1
| Cha-Cha-Cha -Thud
This distressingly dull attempt to cash in on the cha-cha-cha craze has a smidgen of good music, a large number of so-so mambos, and only one true cha cha cha. The musical performances -- unlike with the rock n roll movies -- do not have much visual panache, so that one is left staring at a band just sitting there and playing. Oddly enough, the standout number is the non-Latin Mary Kaye trio doing a swinging version of Lonesome Road. (Too bad their other two numbers are dreadful.) The numbers by Manny Lopez -- full of flutes and a string section -- have a very authentic Cuban sound, but perhaps a bit twee sounding when compared with the mambos and cha-cha-chas that became popular in the US.

There is a plot -- something about an A&R man going out on his own to start a record company based on finding a new sound somewhere in Cuba. (Somehow the dolt missed Benny More, but did dig up his old boss Perez Prado.) It, if possible, is even a little more disposable than the usual Sam Katzman hack job. There is the usual hot blooded Latina stereotyping, a typically offensive jungle rhythm kind of number, and average for the day 50s sexual stereotyping.

If you like Cuban music, go find yourself an old LP instead, or put on a Buena Vista Social Club CD. This one is just not worth the time.

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Diosa (Goddess)
Written by
Manny Lopez and George Hernández
Courtesy of RCA Victor Record Division of Radio Corporation of America


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Comedy | Music | Romance


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2 October 1956



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