Melodía de arrabal (1933)

94 mins | Melodrama, Musical | 1933

Director:

Louis Gasnier

Production Company:

Films Paramount
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HISTORY

FD and NYT, reviewing the New York showing of this film, gave the English translation as "Suburban Melody." Some sources list Juanita Bianco as a cast member, but her participation in the film has not been confirmed. ...

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FD and NYT, reviewing the New York showing of this film, gave the English translation as "Suburban Melody." Some sources list Juanita Bianco as a cast member, but her participation in the film has not been confirmed.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
9 Aug 1933
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New York Times
5 Aug 1933
p. 9
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Dirección de [Dir]
PRODUCER
WRITER
Escenario de [Scr]
PHOTOGRAPHY
Fotografía de [Photog]
MUSIC
Mus accompaniment
SOURCES
SONGS
"Melodía de arrabal" and "Mañanita de sol," music by Carlos Gardel, lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera and Mario Battistella; "Cuando tú no estás," music by Carlos Gardel and Marcel Lattés, lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera and Mario Battistella; "Silencio," music and lyrics Carlos Gardel, Alfredo Le Pera and Horacio Pettorossi; "No sé por qué," music and lyrics by José Sentís; "Evocación," music and lyrics by Raoul Moretti; "Batallón, a pelear" and "Te llevaste mi fe," composers undetermined.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1933
Premiere Information:
Buenos Aires, Argentina opening: 5 Apr 1933; San Juan, Puerto Rico opening: 17 Jun 1933; New York opening: 4 Aug 1933
Production Date:
Nov 1932 at Paramount Studios, Joinville, Paris
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
94
Length(in feet):
8,421
Countries:
France, United States
Language:
Spanish
SYNOPSIS

At nightfall, various shady characters, drunks and women of easy virtue congregate at a café, "La Estrella," in the old district of Buenos Aires. Even though he has a fine singing voice, Roberto Ramírez plays cards there with people unacquainted with his trickery. Roberto gets to know Alina, a young voice teacher and occasional talent scout, who predicts a great future for him as a tango singer. In front of Inspector Maldonado, the card sharks at "La Estrella" conceal the cheating, except for Rancales, who, but for Roberto's intervention, would have shot the policeman. Roberto's future lies between the profitable business of card games and the uncertainty of the world of the tango, but Alina's enthusiasm for her protégé resolves the dilemma, and with the help of an impresario, she launches him on the road to fame. Although Roberto has forsaken gambling, Rancales seeks a large pay-off from him not to reveal his past. Roberto and Rancales fight, a gun goes off and Rancales dies. Maldonado finds evidence that Roberto has killed the blackmailer but, realizing that Roberto is the man who saved his life, lets him go free. Roberto makes his professional concert debut, and is successful in song and in ...

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At nightfall, various shady characters, drunks and women of easy virtue congregate at a café, "La Estrella," in the old district of Buenos Aires. Even though he has a fine singing voice, Roberto Ramírez plays cards there with people unacquainted with his trickery. Roberto gets to know Alina, a young voice teacher and occasional talent scout, who predicts a great future for him as a tango singer. In front of Inspector Maldonado, the card sharks at "La Estrella" conceal the cheating, except for Rancales, who, but for Roberto's intervention, would have shot the policeman. Roberto's future lies between the profitable business of card games and the uncertainty of the world of the tango, but Alina's enthusiasm for her protégé resolves the dilemma, and with the help of an impresario, she launches him on the road to fame. Although Roberto has forsaken gambling, Rancales seeks a large pay-off from him not to reveal his past. Roberto and Rancales fight, a gun goes off and Rancales dies. Maldonado finds evidence that Roberto has killed the blackmailer but, realizing that Roberto is the man who saved his life, lets him go free. Roberto makes his professional concert debut, and is successful in song and in love.

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