Manuel Romeo (September 21, 1891 – October 3, 1954 in Buenos Aires) was an Argentine film director, screenwriter, dramatist and score composer, and one of the influential directors in the cinema of Argentina of the classic era. He directed and wrote over films between 1931 and 1951 even composing the musical scores for several.
He was a pioneer of Variety Theatre, and one of the few tango lyrical writers that has reached timeless classical success. When he was a teenager, he began his journalist job in the Magacine Fray Mochoy, and in the newspapers Crítica y Última Hora.
His first play, "Teatro breve" is from 1919 with the collaboration of Ivo Pelay. He wrote 180 more. In 1922 the most famous, "El bailarín del cabaret", was staged with the César Ratti's company, where Corsini triunfó (had a success) with "Patotero sentimental".
In 1923 he travelled to Europe with Luis Bayón Herrera. In Paris, where he acted on several plays, he met Carlos Gardel and the idea of filmmaking was born. He wrote the plot and songs for "Luces de Buenos Aires", directed by the Chilean Adelqui Millar. It starred Gloria Guzmán, Sofía Bozán, Pedro Quartucci and the Julio De Caro musical group.
He returned to Buenos Aires, where he introduced the new ideas taken from music hall and varieties shows. He started to work at the Lumitón cinema company, with Enrique Telémaco Susini . With that film company, released in February 1935, "Noches de Buenos Aires", written and directed by Romero, his cinema career began. The film starred Tita Merello, Irma Córdoba, Enrique Serrano and Fernando Ochoa.
He filmed very quickly, he only wanted to finish and achieve a good result. His films were rejected by critics and intellectuals as a result, but ordinary people liked his style because they knew him from radio of variety shows.
He directed films such as Adiós pampa mía in 1946.
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Birth and Death Data: Born September 21, 1891 (Buenos Aires), Died October 3, 1954 (Buenos Aires)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, composer, songwriter
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 42 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-32454||10-in.||6/21/1926||Nubes de humo||Juan Pulido||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-32454||10-in.||4/20/1925||Nubes de humo||Juan Pulido||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-33978||10-in.||12/8/1925||Patotero sentimental||Lucrezia Bori||Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-44839||10-in.||Fall 1929||No es por hablar mal||Orquesta Típica Victor||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-74279||10-in.||8/8/1933||Pobre soñador||Charlo ; Orquesta Adolfo Carabelli||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-86789||10-in.||Mar. 1935||Rosa, poneme una ventosa||Edgardo Donato Muchachos||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-86814||10-in.||Apr. 1935||Noches de Buenos Aires||Alberto Gómez||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BAVE-86938||10-in.||8/27/1935||Esther||Jorge Omar ; Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-86939||10-in.||8/27/1935||El caballo del pueblo||Jorge Omar ; Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-86942||10-in.||8/28/1935||El zorzal||Edgardo Donato Muchachos ; Horacio Lagos||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-87485||10-in.||2/5/1935||Idilio||Nilo Menéndez Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist, composer|
|Victor||BAVE-93028||10-in.||11/22/1935||Recuerdos de Bohemia||Orquesta Típica Osvaldo Fresedo||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-93207||10-in.||June 1936||Marcha de la armada||Orquesta Harold Mickey||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-93276||10-in.||Between 8/12/1936 and 9/3/1936||La ribera||Orquesta Elvino Vardaro ; Alberto Vila||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-93277||10-in.||Between 8/12/1936 and 9/3/1936||Siempre unidos||Orquesta Elvino Vardaro ; Alberto Vila||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-93284||10-in.||Between 8/12/1936 and 9/3/1936||Olvidando las penas||Juan Carlos Thorry||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-93285||10-in.||Between 8/12/1936 and 9/3/1936||Radio bar||Juan Carlos Thorry||Male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-98335||10-in.||11/27/1935||Idilio||Cuarteto Machín||Instrumental quartet and male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||BAVE-780||10-in.||Spring 1926||Bajo las estrellas||Carlos Dix ; Gloria Guzmán||Female-male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-012253||10-in.||5/3/1938||Muchachita del campo||Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-012923||10-in.||8/29/1939||Como las aves||Maria Teresa Greco ; Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-012924||10-in.||8/29/1939||Tango amigo||Fernando Díaz ; Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-012925||10-in.||8/29/1939||A mí que me importa||Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-012932||10-in.||9/1/1939||El vino triste||Alberto Echagüe ; Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BAVE-039131||10-in.||between 5/10/1939 and 7/12/1939||Como las aves||Carmencita Del Moral ; Orquesta Típica Francisco J. Lomuto||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Romero, Manuel," accessed March 23, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102556.
Romero, Manuel. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 23, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102556.
"Romero, Manuel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 23 March 2023.
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Wikipedia: Manuel Romero (director)
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LCNAR: Romero, Manuel, 1891-1954 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n79115626
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