|TANGO BAR (director: John Reinhardt; screenwriter: Alfredo Le Pera; cinematographer: William Miller; music: Carlos Gardel/Alberto Castellanos; cast: Carlos Gardel (Ricardo Fuentes), Rosita Moreno (Laura Montalván), Enrique de Rosas (Comandante Zerrillo), Tito Lusiardo (Juan Carlos Puccini), José Luis Tortosa (Captain), Colette D'Arville (Chichita), Suzanne Dulier (La criada de Laura), William Gordon (Mr. Cohen), Carmen Rodríguez (Mrs. Cohen); Runtime: 58; MPAA Rating: NR; Cozumel Films; 1935-USA-in Spanish with English subtitles)|
|"The lightweight moderately
entertaining Paramount film is set in
Argentina, but it was filmed in Astoria, NY."
by Dennis Schwartz
Carlos Gardel is
the film's romantic middle-aged star. He was born in
Toulouse, France, in 1890, more likely than in
Uruguay, as he once claimed. The actor, songwriter
and singer Carlos was brought up in Argentina and
was known as the most prominent tango singer of all
time. The 44-year-old Carlos was killed in an
airplane crash on June 24, 1935, in Colombia. This
was one of his last films. It came at the height of
his popularity. The director is the Austrian-born
John Reinhardt ("High Tide"/"For You
I Die"/"Chicago Calling"). The black and white film is
written by Alfredo Le Pera. The lightweight
moderately entertaining Paramount film is set in
Argentina, but it was filmed in Astoria, NY.
On a ship bound for
Europe, the baritone-voiced singer Ricardo (Carlos Gardel)
runs a tango bar and shows a romantic interest in
dancer/thief Laura (Rosita Moreno).
Ricardo yuks it up with stowaway loyal best friend
Puccini (Tito Lusiardo),
who is forced to act as a dog
attendant during the voyage. When a gang of thieves is
after Laura, for good reason, Ricardo comes to her aid
even though it places him in great danger. The villain
is a government
official, Comandante Zerrillo
de Rosas), effectively played
Enrique de Rosas.
Gardel does a good job singing the following: "Amores de estudiante", "Por tu boca roja", "Criollita decí que sí", "Cuesta abajo" and "Mi Buenos Aires querido."
REVIEWED ON 5/20/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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