La Cucaracha (1934 film)

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La Cucaracha
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
Music by Roy Webb
Eduardo Durant
Cinematography Ray Rennahan
Edited by Archie Marshek
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • August 31, 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. The film was designed by Robert Edmond Jones, who was hired by Pioneer Pictures to design the film in a way to show the new full-color Technicolor Process No. 4 ("three-strip" Technicolor) at its best. Process No. 4 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. La Cucaracha was made like a short feature and cost about $65,000. The usual short film at that time cost little more than $15,000 to film.

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 (Twentieth Century Pictures/United Artists) with George Arliss. Also, Warner Brothers released two Leon Errol shorts, Service With a Smile (released July 28, 1934) and Good Morning, Eve! (released August 5), just before La Cucaracha.

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


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]


  1. ^ "The 7th Academy Awards (1935) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved August 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "New York Times: La Cucaracha". NY Times. Retrieved May 11, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Dixiana DVD info,". Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "La Cucaracha DVD info,". Retrieved October 23, 2009. 

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