Cuban Pete (film)

Cuban Pete is a 1946 black-and-white musical comedy film released in the United States. It was directed by Jean Yarbrough and starred the Cuban-born actor and musician Desi Arnaz.

Cuban Pete
Directed byJean Yarbrough
Written byBernard Feins
Robert Presnell Sr.
M. Coates Webster
StarringDesi Arnaz
Joan Fulton
Don Porter
Ethel Smith (organist)
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Edited byOtto Ludwig
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 1946 (1946-06)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film with a simple comedy plot contains many numbers of Cuban music and dance, including the song "Cuban Pete" by Joseph Norman. It was used in:

  • the television show I Love Lucy (episodes: "The Diet," with Lucille Ball as Sally Sweet and "Lucy Goes to a Rodeo" as an alternative version, "Texas Pete")
  • the 1994 film The Mask


American Film Institute recognition


  1. "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-30.

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