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Rumba (1935)





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A follow-up to the highly successful Bolero, this lively romantic drama stars George Raft as Joe Martin, a Cuban-American dancer who lives and works in Havana with his lovely partner Goldie Allen until a bad case of varicose veins forces impacts his career. One night, the beauteous gringa heiress Diane Harrison (Carole Lombard) comes to the club. Joe is immediately smitten. His interest takes a less fleshly turn when he learns that she owns a yacht. When Diane compliments Joe on his moves, her escort gets jealous and a fight ensues. Joe finds himself jobless and flees to the jungle where he learns the rumba from the exotic Carmelita (Margo). He loves the dance and predicts that it will be the next fad. To promote it, he and Margo open a new club in Havana. The place is a smash. Diane returns, is wowed by both Joe and the dance and offers to bring back to his native New York. But Joe came to Havana after ratting on a gangster and if he returns, will surely die. Still, he and Margo decide to take the risk and their choice results in romance. The spectacular dance numbers were choreographed by the famed dance team Veloz and Yolanda.


George Raft
as Joe Martin
Carole Lombard
as Diana Harrison
as Carmelita
Monroe Owsley
as Hobart Fletcher
Iris Adrian
as Goldie Allen
Gail Patrick
as Patsy Fletcher
Samuel S. Hinds
as Henry B. Harrison
Virginia Hammond
as Mrs. Harrison
Jameson Thomas
as Jack Solanger
Raymond McKee
as Dance Director
Mack Gray
as Assistant Dance Instructor
Dennis O'Keefe
as Man in Diane's Party at Theater
Rafael Storm
as Cashier
James Burke
as Reporter
Eddie Dunn
as Reporter
Dick Rush
as Policeman
Robert "Buddy" Shaw
as Ticket Taker
E.H. Calvert
as Police Captain
Don Brodie
as Gangster
Jack Raymond
as Gangster
Frank Mills
as Bouncer
Ann Sheridan
as Dance Girl
as Specialty Dancer
Olga Barrancos
as Rumba Dancer
Luis Barrancos
as Rumba Dancer
Lara Puente
as Rumba Dancer
Brooks Benedict
as Extra in Audience
Jane Wyman
as Chorus Girl
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All Critics (2)

Carole Dimbard continues to look like something grown very specially under glass, and to reveal herself as one of the most affected young women on the screen.

October 2, 2019 | Full Review…

George Raft's best film since he gave up gangster roles, and one which proves that he's still got the old hypnotism right on tap.

June 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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