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'Rumba,' via the rhythm method

Posted by vp19 on 2012.12.20 at 02:21
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Carole Lombard and George Raft reportedly generated plenty of off-screen heat during the making of their second dance film, "Rumba," but when the movie reached screens in early 1935, little of it carried over onto the finished product. The result: A weak followup to "Bolero," their hit of the year before.

But you can't fault Paramount for trying, and an artifact from that film is available via eBay -- sheet music from one of its songs, "The Rhythm Of The Rumba," composed by studio staffer Ralph Rainger.

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The rumba and other Cuban music gained considerable popularity in the mid-1930s, leading to success for acts such as Desi Arnaz, but the Lombard-Raft film played only a minimal role in its rise.

You can purchase this item for $50; to buy, or find out more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Rhythm-of-the-Rhumba-1935-Carole-Lombard-George-Raft-in-Rhumba-/140896614781?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20ce17b97d.

To get an idea of what the song sounds like, here's a 1935 recording by Lud Gluskin and his Continental Orchestra (the movie version is done at a slower tempo):


lombardarchive at 2012-12-21 18:35 (UTC) (Link)
WOW, that's a fast Rumba! Actually in tempo, it's more like a Mambo for This Particular Ballroom Dancer. Glad it was slower in the film; George Raft's toupee might have flown off!


Carole S.
Male Ballroom Dancer
maledncrconfess at 2013-05-18 14:14 (UTC) (Link)

Classic Hollywood

Yes Carole was by any estimation classic Hollywood. That Rumba also was fantastic!
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