Dowdy housewife Kitty dotes on her self-centered husband but divorces him when his mistress shows up at their home one day to break up their marriage. Bob had become bored with her ... See full summary »
Robert Z. Leonard
Rod La Rocque,
The Bowery Boys--Slip, Sach, Bobby, Whitey & Chuck--start their own exterminating service, and get a job which takes them to a spooky old abandoned mansion in the middle of the night. ... See full summary »
In the Mohave Desert, Olga runs a gas station, lunch counter, and auto camp with her younger sister Myra. In a 24-hour period, Olga must deal with Myra's desire to go to a town dance with a... See full summary »
When Jack and Jerry are not playing professional baseball with the Blue Sox, they are packing them in on the Vaudeville circuit. Jack is engaged to Mary, but a gold digger named Daisy has ... See full summary »
A woman who owns a boarding house winds up being the "mother hen" to the assorted mobsters and racketeers who live there. When her foster son decides to take the blame for a murder that was... See full summary »
John Francis Dillon
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
A writer, looking for some peace and quiet in order to finish a novel, takes a room at the Baldpate Inn. Peace and quiet are last things he gets, though, as there are some very strange things going on at the establishment.
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 »
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 »
An interesting film for aficionados of film history
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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