Cha-Cha-Cha Boom! (1956) DVD
Cha-Cha-Cha Boom! (1956) Director: Fred F. Sears Writers: Robert E. Kent (story), Robert E. Kent (screenplay) Stars: Dámaso Pérez Prado, Mary Kaye, Jud Conlon 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 melange. 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.