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The Cuban Love Song

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Director  W. S. Van Dyke
Music director  Herbert Stothart
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Musical, Romance
Language  English
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Release date  December 5, 1931 (1931-12-05)
Writer  C. Gardner Sullivan (screen play), Bess Meredyth (screen play), John Lynch (adaptation), John Colton (additional dialogue), Gilbert Emery (additional dialogue), Robert E. Hopkins (additional dialogue), Paul Hervey Fox (additional dialogue)
Screenplay  Bess Meredyth, Gilbert Emery, John Colton, C. Gardner Sullivan, Paul Hervey Fox, Robert Hopkins
Cast  Lawrence Tibbett (Terry), Lupe Vélez (Nenita), Ernest Torrence (Romance), Karen Morley (Crystal), Jimmy Durante (O.O. Jones), Louise Fazenda (Elvira)
Similar movies  Lawrence Tibbett appears in The Cuban Love Song and New Moon

The Cuban Love Song is a 1931 American musical film directed by W. S. Van Dyke and written by C. Gardner Sullivan, Bess Meredyth, John Lynch, John Colton, Gilbert Emery, Robert E. Hopkins and Paul Hervey Fox. The film stars Lawrence Tibbett, Lupe Vélez, Ernest Torrence, Jimmy Durante, Karen Morley and Louise Fazenda. The film was released on December 5, 1931, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


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It was the last of four films that the baritone Tibbett made for MGM following the introduction of sound. The film received a generally favorable critical reception, but suffered badly at the box office. Nonetheless two of the film's songs "The Cuban Love Song" and "El Manisero" were major hits.


Shoftly after becoming engaged to a socialite, an upper-class American named Terry enlists in the US Marine Corps to get his wild urges out of his system. He and his two friends and comrades get into many scrapes, frequently ending up in the brig. While in Cuba, however, he falls in love with Nenita a spirited, passionate local woman.

Their relationship is interrupted by America's entry into World War I, and Terry is wounded in the fighting in France. He is nursed back to health by his fiancée and the two marry. More than a decade later, Terry bumps into his former comrades in New York. This reawakens memories of his carefree days in Cuba. He returns to Havana to find Nenita, only to discover that she has died of fever. However he comes across a boy named Terry, who he realizes is the product of his passionate relationship with Nenita a decade earlier. He adopts the boy and takes him back to the United States where his wife generously welcomes both father and son home.


  • Lawrence Tibbett as Terry
  • Lupe Vélez as Nenita
  • Ernest Torrence as Romance
  • Jimmy Durante as O.O. Jones
  • Karen Morley as Crystal
  • Louise Fazenda as Elvira
  • Hale Hamilton as John
  • Mathilde Comont as Aunt Rose
  • References

    The Cuban Love Song Wikipedia
    The Cuban Love Song IMDb The Cuban Love Song