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Aviator and band leader Roger Bond is forever getting his group fired for flirting with the lady guests. When he falls for Brazilian beauty Belinha de Rezende it appears to be for real, even though she is already engaged. His Yankee Clippers band is hired to open the new Hotel Atlântico in Rio and Roger offers to fly Belinha part way home. After a mechanical breakdown and forced landing, Roger is confident and makes his move, but Belinha plays hard to get. She can't seem to decide between Roger and her fiance Júlio. When performing the airborne production number to mark the Hotel's opening, Júlio gets some intriguing ideas... Written by
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While looking through the window of a bakery shop in Rio, Ginger Rogers asks Fred Astaire, "Oh, Freddie. How do you ask for little tarts in Portuguese?" Fred replies, "Don't heckle me. Try the Culbertson System." This topical joke was funny for Depression-era movie audiences, for whom the game of Bridge was a major home pastime. The Culbertson System was a bidding strategy developed by Bridge champion Ely Culbertson. In the early 1930s, Culbertson became a celebrity by winning several international tournaments with his aggressive bidding system. See more »
Just after the flying sequence with the wing dancers there is a scene with characters sat on the terrace. The back projected image is to the wrong scale resulting in someone with an enormous head being next to the parapet. See more »
I gave this "Fred Astaire" comedy-romance-musical higher marks than normal because the romance, usually the sappy part of the Astaire films, doesn't dominate as it does most of his movies.
As usual, there are a number of interesting dance scenes including a spectacular Busby Berkeley-type production on the wings of airplanes. That scene has to be seen to be believed, not just for the uniqueness of it but for the bra-less women pictured! Yikes, it's not something you expect to see with a classic film - and you wouldn't see for another 35 years. It's pretty amazing.
I really shouldn't label this an "Astaire film " because Dolores Del Rio and Gene Raymond are the two stars. Astaire is a close third. Raul Roulien would be next while Ginger Rogers just has a small role.....but it IS noteworthy for being the first time all of us saw the famous Astaire-Rogers pairing.
The comedy in this film also is pretty good. The best parts of the film are the beginning and end. The fadeout segways in here reminded of silent films, which weren't that long removed from this.
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