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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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Cast

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Capt. 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 ...
Gen. 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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The Radio Picture Screen Operetta See more »


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15 September 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey are the only two cast members who recreated their roles from the stage production. This is their first of many films together as a comedy team. 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

Chick Bean: Ain't she a peach?
Ned Lovett: She who? What are you talking about?
Chick Bean: The blonde that just past!
Ned Lovett: The blonde?
Chick Bean: Yeah.
Ned Lovett: No blonde passed me, boy, you ought to know better than that.
Chick Bean: Hey, you mean to say there isn't a girl standing over there?
Ned Lovett: Certainly there's no girl standing over there.
Chick Bean: Don't tell me its just that drink.
Ned Lovett: Yeah, you're drunk.
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Soundtracks

Are You There
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Performed by Dorothy Lee and Bert Wheeler
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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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