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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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Complete credited cast:
Dolly Bean
Roberto Ferguson
Georges Renavent ...
Helen Kaiser ...
Mrs. Katie Bean
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Texas Ranger (as Thomas C. Smith)


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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Release Date:

15 September 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Рио Рита  »

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| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)


| (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Only the shorter 1932 re-release version, missing about 35 minutes including two musical numbers, is known to exist. See more »


One of the Texas Rangers can be clearly seen wearing a large band-aid over his left eye. See more »


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


Jumping Bean
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Performed by Dorothy Lee and chorus
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When Time Isn't Kind
27 October 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Most old films noted as "of historical interest only" are actually very entertaining. "Rio Rita" is not. It is one of the better examples of the "historically interesting" film. It's also helpful if you view it as a extravagantly filmed stage production. The 1927-28 stage musical, produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, was a colossal success. And, the too long film version was voted 1927's fourth "Best Picture", in the annual poll conducted by "Film Daily".

The opportunity to see "Rio Rita" on screen, in partial color, with popular Bebe Daniels (as Rita Ferguson) in her first speaking (and singing) role, proved irresistible at the box office. Ms. Daniels did not equal her 1920s silent successes, but extended her popularity into the early "talkie" era. Check out the debuting comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey (with Dorothy Lee) in "Hips, Hips, Hooray!" for a better representation of their work.

***** Rio Rita (1929) Luther Reed ~ Bebe Daniels, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey

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