George Raft and Carole Lombard Dance the Rumba in 1935

George Raft and Carole Lombard appeared in several movies together, including the 1935 “Rumba.” “Rumba” was the story of a society girl and the professional dancer with whom she falls in love.  The following video shows the movie’s requisite rumba.

While George Raft is perhaps better known today for his many gangster roles (and the star-making parts he allegedly refused to play), he was also an accomplished dancer.

The video was provided by youtube user Reno1934.  The cover photo was provided by the New York Public Library Digital Collections.  According to the Library it was originally a cigarette card.  The Library would like the image cited thusly:

George Arents Collection, The New York Public Library. “George Raft and Carole Lombard in “Rumba.”” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-f97b-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

I have duplicated both sides of the cigarette card below.  The back of the card informs me that Raft’s character was expecting to be shot throughout the rumba at the top of the post.  Fortunately, he is too suave to let the threat to his life interfere with his dancing.

 

 

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