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Flying Down to Rio (1933)

An aviator and band leader who is always getting his group fired for his flirtatious behavior with the female guests soon finds himself falling for an engaged woman.

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Belinha De Rezende (as Dolores Del Rio)
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Roger Bond
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Julio Rubeiro
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Blanche Friderici ...
Dona Elena De Rezende
Walter Walker ...
Senor De Rezende
Etta Moten ...
The Colored Singer
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One of the Three Greeks
Maurice Black ...
One of the Three Greeks
Armand Kaliz ...
One of the Three Greeks
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The Mayor
Reginald Barlow ...
The Banker
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The Head Waiter
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Storyline

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 Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Musical romance staged in the clouds... See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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29 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carioca  »

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$462,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane that the character Roger Bond flies is a Monocoupe 90, designed in 1930 by Don Luscombe. It was capable of speeds of up to 100 knots (115 MPH - a very high-performance airplane for its day) but in no way could it reach Haiti from Miami without many fuel stops along the way. (If at all.) See more »

Goofs

Although it's supposed to be in flight, one of the planes in the big wing-walker sequence has a bad matte effect at the bottom of its wheels and visible tie down wires attached to its tail. The same mistake can be seen on the plane in at least three shots. See more »

Quotes

Fred Ayres: The trick is to keep your mind a blank.
Honey Hale: With THAT music?
Honey Hale: Oh, Freddie, is my mind red!
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Soundtracks

Music Makes Me
(1933) (uncredited)
Instrumental reprise
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Edward Eliscu
Sung by Ginger Rogers
Dance performed by Fred Astaire
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Historical For More Than One Reason
24 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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