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Rio Rita (1929)

Approved | | Musical, Romance, Western | 15 September 1929 (USA)
Capt. James Stewart pursues the bandit "The Kinkajou" over the Mexican border and falls in love with Rita. He suspects, that her brother is the bandit.

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Captain Jim Stewart
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Chick Bean
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Ned Lovett
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Dolly Bean
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Roberto Ferguson
Georges Renavent ...
General Ravinoff
Helen Kaiser ...
Mrs. Katie Bean
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Texas Ranger (as Thomas C. Smith)
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Capt. James Stewart pursues the bandit "The Kinkajou" over the Mexican border and falls in love with Rita. He suspects, that her brother is the bandit. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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bandit | border | mexico | texas ranger | See All (4) »

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Ziegfeld's fabulous all-talking, all-singing super screen spectacle See more »


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Рио Рита  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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| (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Bebe Daniels' first talkie. See more »

Goofs

When we see people dancing at the Fremont Cafe at the start of the movie while the Fremont Bank is being robbed next door, gunshots and shouts are heard on the soundtrack. The dancers however do not react at all to the shots until the next scene when they are seen panicking. See more »

Quotes

Ned Lovett: How would you like it if I told you your Mexican divorce is no good.
Chick Bean: Yesterday you told me it was good.
Ned Lovett: Yeh, but that was yesterday. Today's Friday. Here's a wire that I just received from your first wife's lawyer in New York. Scan it, my boy, scan it.
Chick Bean: Please arrest the bigamist. Oh, now, wait, look. Now, you know that isn't right. Now, she calls me a bigamist.
Ned Lovett: Yes now and that's what you are a bigamist. You married twice didn't you?
Chick Bean: Yeh.
Ned Lovett: Well, that proves it. For of all the fools, you are the ...
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Spoofed in Have You Got Any Castles? (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Jumping Bean
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Performed by Dorothy Lee and chorus
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"Rita" as a Talkie Test?
20 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a lot of movie buffs may not be aware of is the surprise and delight that the movie audiences of 1929 felt when they first heard Bebe Daniels's singing voice on the silver screen. By the time sound pictures began to appear, Daniels had already been a major silent film star for years, most notably headlining in romantic comedies for Paramount. She was quite popular with audiences, and she was considered a real beauty, too. Yet before the advent of sound, screen audiences (for the most part) didn't know what her voice sounded like... They could only imagine. So at a time when the arrival of sound sometimes killed the careers of heretofore popular movie stars, many so-called "hot" personalities found their personas diminished on the talking screen. Not so with Daniels. No matter what people might have been expecting before the lights went down and the sound came on, as it turned out, in "Rio Rita", her singing voice was nothing short of a sensation. Teaming her with the incredibly handsome John Boles was a nice bit of casting, too, because he too was blessed with a wonderful singing voice. Their "duet in counterpoint" at the beginning of the film (he sings the title tune while she sings "River of My Dreams") must have been a revelation, and one can almost imagine the theatre audiences swooning when it was first heard in 1929. So no matter what others may tell you about this "Rita", the thing to keep in mind is that with almost all of these early talkies, the viewers today who will appreciate them the most are those who can project themselves back in time when they watch them.


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