“Romance Tropical” (1934) was the first film with sound made in Puerto Rico and the second Spanish-language original feature film in the world. With production quality standards equivalent to Hollywood films of that time, its impact was such that it was never forgotten and was always considered by film historians worldwide as a cinematographic jewel that set precedents in Spanish-speaking cinema.
Distributed in theaters throughout Puerto Rico and New York by MGM, the film was an astounding success; yet, shortly after its blockbuster premieres, the film suddenly disappeared.
It was the Opera Prima of the Puerto Rican filmmaking pioneer Juan E. Viguié Sr. (1891-1968), the first generation of the Viguié legacy.
In 2017, eighty years after its mysterious disappearance, the legendary “lost” film unexpectedly resurfaced at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. To their great amazement, the Viguié's were able to confirm it was in fact their once thought as "forever lost" family heirloom.
The compelling story behind the production of this historic cinematic gem motivated this close-knit family to move to Los Angeles in 2017 to research and investigate the intriguing events that led to its mysterious vanishing and miraculous reappearance eight decades later, and was also the source of inspiration that gave rise to their creative ensemble TheRaccoonteurs.com.
Check out this brief historical capsule featuring Juan E. Viguié Jr.'s (2nd generation) legacy.
Naturally, TheRaccoonteurs.com's introductory groundbreaking project is an epic dramatic television series about a family bloodline and legacy that transcends four generations, whose fascinating life-stories, turmoils and adventures take us deep into a surreal/magical world where anything is possible and nothing is what it seems; a realm aptly named “Somewhere in the Nowhere”.