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Rio Rita (1929)

Approved  |   |  Musical, Romance, Western  |  15 September 1929 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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John Boles ...
Captain Jim Stewart
Bert Wheeler ...
Chick Bean
Robert Woolsey ...
Ned Lovett
Dorothy Lee ...
Dolly Bean
Don Alvarado ...
Roberto Ferguson
Georges Renavent ...
General Ravinoff
Helen Kaiser ...
Mrs. Katie Bean
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Smith ...
Texas Ranger (as Thomas C. Smith)
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Storyline

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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(RCA Photophone System)

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| (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

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Trivia

Costume designer Walter Plunkett worked uncredited on this early talking film. At the time, Hollywood was going through an extremely difficult transition from silent films to talkies. An incident that occurred during the production of this film was later immortalized in Singin' in the Rain (1952). While Plunkett was designing the costumes for that film, screenwriters Adolph Green and Betty Comden drew on some of Plunkett's recollections as the source for gags about the perils of early sound filming. An example of this is the scene in Singin' in the Rain (1952) in which Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) taps Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) on the shoulder with her fan but causes a thunderous noise on the soundtrack by disturbing a microphone hidden in Lockwood's clothing. This was based on a similar incident during the production of "Rio Rita". 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

Rita Ferguson: Of course I trust you.
Captain Jim Stewart: And you promise that someday maybe...
Rita Ferguson: Someday maybe, I'm going to be your chain and ball.
Captain Jim Stewart: You mean ball and chain.
Rita Ferguson: Oh, yes. That's what I mean.
Captain Jim Stewart: Oh, you darling.
Rita Ferguson: Oh, listen, you cannot make love to me out here.
Captain Jim Stewart: Why not?
Rita Ferguson: There are too many people.
Captain Jim Stewart: Oh, Rita, I'm just dying to take you in my arms.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in The Stolen Jools (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

The Kinkajou
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Performed by Dorothy Lee and chorus
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Great Old Musical
14 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lovely old musical based on a smash Broadway show produced by Flo Ziegfeld.

Stale plot but it doesn't matter what with great leads by John Boles and Bebe Daniels. Nonsense about a bunch of vigilantes seeking the notorious "Kinkajou." But the songs are terrific and both Boles and Daniels have great voices. It must have been a great surprise to film fans to see Bebe Daniels in this film. She had been a star for a decade and emerged as the great singer. Their duet on "Rio Rita" is excellent.

Along for the ride (and from the Broadway play) are Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey who are very funny here. Contrary to general knowledge, they were NOT a vaudeville team. They had never even met before being hired for the Broadway production. But RIO RITA started a long and very funny teaming of the two in many films.

Dorothy Lee is also good in this film as the "boop-a-doop" voiced girl friend of Wheeler. Their duet on "Sweetheart We Need Each Other" is a delight and when they break into a tap dance routine, they are just perfect. Lee is especially good, but I don't remember much dancing from her other films.

The 1942 version of RIO RITA is lousy and perverts the whole show to build it around the odious Abbott and Costello.....


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