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Rio Rita (1929)

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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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John Boles ...
Capt. 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
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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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Ziegfeld's fabulous all-talking, all-singing super screen spectacle


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Film debut of Fred Scott. See more »

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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 »

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Version of Musical Comedy Time: Rio Rita (1950) See more »

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Rio Rita
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Performed by John Boles and Bebe Daniels
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An interesting film for aficionados of film history
27 December 1999 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

Though Rio Rita has a big reputation among aficionados, I think it's probably due more to its success as a stage vehicle than as a film.

Nevertheless, for those who are interested in historical films, I feel Rio Rita serves as a good example of the kinds of obstacles that faced early film makers and actors. As the sound and music was recorded live, there are a number of mistakes, slips and awkward moments. But rather than detract, I think it's interesting to see how the actors and staff negotiated these difficulties. Particularly in the reprise of "Sweetheart We Need Each Other" you can see Dorothy Lee struggling to follow the conductor while Bert Wheeler keeps on distracting her, while Helen Kaiser is clearly trying to follow Lee but both Woolsey and Wheeler keep on getting in her way.

Then there are moments that, because the recording was done live, are just over the top. The most hysterical moment has got to be when, after 5 minutes of singing and tap-dancing in a single take, and then after a series of double summersaults, Bert Wheeler literally jumps on Dorothy Lee's back and rides piggy-back while she resumes singing. Wow!

And of course, with so few surviving films with two-strip Technicolor, it's always interesting to see how early film makers took advantage of it.


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