La Cucaracha (1934 film)

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La Cucaracha
LaCucaracha1934.jpg
Original film poster
Directed by Lloyd Corrigan
Produced by Kenneth Macgowan
Carly Wharton
Written by Lloyd Corrigan
Carly Wharton
John Twist
Jack Wagner
Starring Steffi Duna
Don Alvarado
Cinematography Ray Rennahan
Editing by Archie Marshek
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • 31 August 1934 (1934-08-31)
Running time 20 minutes
Country United States
Language English

La Cucaracha is a 1934 American short musical film directed by Lloyd Corrigan. It was designed by Pioneer Pictures to display the new full-color Technicolor Process No. 4 ("three-strip" Technicolor), which had been used since 1932 mainly in Walt Disney cartoons. Jock Whitney and his cousin C. V. Whitney, the owners of Pioneer, were also major investors in Technicolor, Inc. La Cucaracha was made like a short feature and cost about $65,000. The usual short cost little more than $15,000.

Although La Cucaracha is sometimes called the first live-action use of Process No. 4, it was preceded by a musical number in the feature film The Cat and the Fiddle, released by MGM in February 1934, and in some short sequences filmed for other movies made during 1934, including the final sequences of The House of Rothschild (20th Century Pictures/United Artists) with George Arliss. Also, Warner Brothers released two Leon Errol shorts, Service With a Smile (released 28 July 1934) and Good Morning, Eve! (released 5 August), just before La Cucaracha.

Producer Kenneth Macgowan won an Academy Award in 1935 for Best Short Subject (Comedy) for this film.[1][2]

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DVD release[edit]

On January 25, 2000, The Roan Group released La Cucaracha on Region 1 DVD as an extra with the restored 1930 feature Dixiana.[3] On October 27, 2009, Alpha Video released La Cucaracha on Region 0 DVD.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 7th Academy Awards (1935) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  2. ^ "New York Times: La Cucaracha". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Dixiana DVD info, Amazon.com". Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "La Cucaracha DVD info, Oldies.com". Retrieved 23 October 2009. 

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