Chécalo! These far-out pachuco jitterbugs need a movie as mas chingón as their moves

Chécalo! These far-out pachuco jitterbugs need a movie as mas chingón as their moves

Some crazy ese went and re-cut the climactic dance scene from the 1951 zoot-suit riot Baile, Mi Rey (Dance, My King), starring comic king Resortes (Adalberto Martínez), Silvia Derbez and Carlos Valadez. They got rid of all the random shots of viejos shaking their heads in disbelief and kept it all pura baile. Then they added classic Mexican-American pachuco songs from the era, like Lalo Guerrero's "Marijuana Boogie" and Don Tosti's "Pachuco Boogie" (performed with Orquesta Don Ramon in 1948, it was the first million-selling chicano song).

The new footage doesn't really all sync up, but it's a blast to watch. (The original film, btw, is equally unpolished and the soundtrack isn't as good. But you can see the real deal here.) Just look at these Mexican hepcats having the times of their lives and jiving like mad. In 1940s LA, this would have been considered serious gang activity. Hey Hüerowood, why not remake Footloose or Dirty Dancing with this far-out pachuco theme.

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