A notorious "lost film," this rarity
features the original Mambo King, Perez Prado, and Sylvia putting her
experiences in Mexico to fabulous use in a bevy of exciting Latino dance numbers
as "Nita Munay..."
Hal Erickson All Movie Guide summary: "The ineluctable Sam Katzman pounced upon the "cha-cha" craze with the musical quickie Cha-Cha-Cha-Boom! Recording stars Perez Prado, Helen Grayco, Luis Arcaraz, Manny Lopez and the Mary Kaye Trio play themselves in this hurriedly assembled mélange. The wafer-thin plot concerns the efforts of talent scout Bill Haven (Steve Dunne) to scare up some genuine Latino talent for his own recording company. To make a long story short, he coerces bandleader Perez Prado out of his native Cuba, whereupon Prado rallies his cha-cha'ing cohorts to assemble en masse in Haven's studio. The film is stolen by lissome dancer Sylvia Lewis, who later appeared on such TVers as The Dick Van Dyke Show."
See highlights of Sylvia as "Nita" by clicking the
Dancing with Dante DiPaolo
Sylvia working the room
Posing during rehearsals
"Watched a really talented dance duo cut a few
capers... When they dance, rehearsal or for the camera, they give." -
Lowell Redelings, Citizen News