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Flying Down to Rio -- First teaming of Oscar-winning duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in this Oscar-nominated musical about a dance-band leader who finds love and success in Brazil.
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Cyril Hume (screen play) &
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Release Date:
29 December 1933 (USA) See more »
A musical extravaganza staged in the clouds! See more »
Aviator and band leader Roger Bond is forever getting his group fired for flirting with the lady guests... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Fred and Ginger liven up a hackneyed plot See more (54 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dolores del Rio ... Belinha De Rezende (as Dolores Del Rio)
Gene Raymond ... Roger Bond
Raul Roulien ... Julio Rubeiro

Ginger Rogers ... Honey Hale

Fred Astaire ... Fred Ayres
Blanche Friderici ... Dona Elena De Rezende
Walter Walker ... Senor De Rezende
Etta Moten ... The Colored Singer

Roy D'Arcy ... One of the Three Greeks
Maurice Black ... One of the Three Greeks
Armand Kaliz ... One of the Three Greeks
Paul Porcasi ... The Mayor
Reginald Barlow ... The Banker

Eric Blore ... The Head Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Alberni ... Rio Casino Manager (uncredited)
Bernice Alstock ... Singer (uncredited)
Rafael Alvir ... (uncredited)
Chita Andrews ... Check Girl (uncredited)
Ella Angelus ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sam Appel ... Policeman (uncredited)
Alyce Ardell ... Maid (uncredited)
Eddie Arden ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Leo Artigo ... Policeman (uncredited)
Carmen Bailey ... Dancer (uncredited)
Janet Barrett ... Dancer (uncredited)
Muriel Barrett ... Dancer (uncredited)

Don 'Red' Barry ... Dancer (uncredited)

Leon Beaumon ... Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Norman Bennett ... Singer (uncredited)
Eddie Boland ... Airplane Mechanic (uncredited)

Eddie Borden ... Eddie - Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Hal Borne ... Pianist (uncredited)
Harry Bowen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Rodrigues - the Chauffeur (uncredited)
Mary Bracken ... Dancer (uncredited)
The Brazilian Turunas ... Musical Ensemble (uncredited)

Lucile Browne ... Belinha's Friend (uncredited)
Mary Burman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Nina Campana ... Mme. Borget-Damas (uncredited)
Harriet Castelo ... Check Girl (uncredited)
Cruz Castro ... Lackey (uncredited)
Bob Cautiero ... Dancer (uncredited)
Chiquita ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Alex Chivra ... Waiter (uncredited)
Helen Collins ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ... Yankee Clipper Banjo Player (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Messenger (uncredited)
Sue Curtis ... Dancer (uncredited)
Henry Da Silva ... Waiter (uncredited)
Grace Davies ... Dancer (uncredited)
Wynne Davis ... Singer (uncredited)
Alphonse De Cruz ... Dancer (uncredited)
Rhea De Shon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Amapola Del Vando ... Dancer (uncredited)
Armand Delmar ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ... Waiter (uncredited)
Doreen Doyle ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lola Durand ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Juan Duval ... Dancer (uncredited)
John Eberts ... Waiter (uncredited)
Celeste Edwards ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lalo Encinas ... Lackey (uncredited)

Emilio Fernández ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bill Fisher ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marcelle Force ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Betty Furness ... Belinha's Friend (uncredited)
Vina Gale ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
William Gavin ... Singer (uncredited)
Charmayne Gaywood ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Alice Gentle ... Carioca Singer (uncredited)
Yvonne Girrard ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Good ... Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Rita Gordon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jane Gumber ... Dancer (uncredited)
Margaret Harding ... Dancer (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Dancer (uncredited)
Hazel Hayes ... Singer (uncredited)
Pauline High ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Hornbrook ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Dancer (uncredited)
Grace Walston Jester ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harvey Karels ... Dancer (uncredited)
Paul Karlesky ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Boyd King ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mary Kornman ... Belinha's Friend (uncredited)
Martha La Venture ... Dancer (uncredited)
Iris Lancaster ... Dancer (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Frank Lava ... Waiter (uncredited)
Mildred Lehrman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mildred Lewis ... Singer (uncredited)

Wallace MacDonald ... Airplane Pilot (uncredited)
Frank Malatesta ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Don Marion ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Nina Martell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Waiter (uncredited)
Helen McAllister ... Dancer (uncredited)
George Mendoza ... Attendant (uncredited)
Rex Moore ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jose Moreno ... Dancer (uncredited)
Laura Morse ... Dancer (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Movita ... Carioca Singer (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Caddy in Haiti (uncredited)
James Natio ... Lackey (uncredited)

Margaret Nearing ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ted Oviat ... Mechanic (uncredited)

Franklin Pangborn ... Hammerstein - the Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Man at Aviator's Club (uncredited)
A.J. Peters ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Ernesto Piedra ... Dancer (uncredited)
Patie Ramsdell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Pedro Regas ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Ruth Riley ... Dancer (uncredited)

Julian Rivero ... Antônio - Billboard Worker (uncredited)
Gladyce Roberts ... Dancer (uncredited)
Richard Robles ... Lackey (uncredited)
Sue Romaine ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Adrian Rosley ... Hotel Atlântico Manager (uncredited)
Andrew Roud ... Waiter (uncredited)
Victor Sabini ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Audry Savage ... Dancer on Wing (uncredited)
Ruby jo Savage ... Dancer on Wing (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Billboard Worker (uncredited)
Barbara Sheldon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marla Shelton ... Dancer (uncredited)
Carolynne Snowden ... Dancer / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Mary Stewart ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jerome Storm ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bob Tail ... Singer (uncredited)
Eddie Tamblyn ... Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Carol Tevis ... Blindfolded Blonde (uncredited)
Connie Thomas ... Dancer (uncredited)
Doris Toddings ... Dancer (uncredited)
Alma Travers ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lou Valenoi ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joe Venuti ... Violinist in Orchestra (uncredited)
Dick Webster ... Band Member (uncredited)
Douglas Williams ... Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Howard Wilson ... Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Dorothy Young ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Thornton Freeland 
Writing credits
Cyril Hume (screen play) &
H.W. Hanemann (screen play) and
Erwin S. Gelsey (screen play) (as Erwin Gelsey)

Anne Caldwell (from a play by)

Lou Brock (based on an original story by)

Adele Comandini  contributing writer (uncredited)
Joseph Fields  contributing writer (uncredited)
Thomas Lennon  contributing writer (uncredited)
Fred Niblo Jr.  contributing writer (uncredited)
H. Reynolds  contributing writer (uncredited)
Gilberto Souto  contributing writer (uncredited)
Harvey F. Thew  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Lou Brock .... associate producer
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer
Original Music by
Vincent Youmans 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Jack Kitchin (edited by)
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes by)
Irene (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ray Romero .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Tillie Starriett .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Bert Gilroy .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lou Brock .... director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Harry D'Arcy .... assistant director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Bert Gilroy .... assistant director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Ben Holmes .... third unit director (uncredited)
Edward Killy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Ray Lissner .... assistant director (uncredited)
Wallace MacDonald .... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Mark Sandrich .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Cornbleth .... props (uncredited)
Ernie Thompson .... assistant propman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... recordist (as P.J. Faulkner)
George Marsh .... sound cutter
Jack Beamish .... assistant recordist (uncredited)
Bob Hess .... boom operator (uncredited)
Paul F. Wiser .... recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... photographic effects (as Vern Walker)
Donald Jahraus .... miniatures (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucien N. Andriot .... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Dick Deval .... background photographer (uncredited)
Kent Fox .... still photographer (uncredited)
Carl Lawrence .... best boy (uncredited)
Art Losey .... grip (uncredited)
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
H.A. Shelton .... assistant grip (uncredited)
Charles Stiner .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Wetzel .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ethel Beach .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Homer Watson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Location Management
Herb Hirst .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Edward Eliscu .... lyrics by
Gus Kahn .... lyrics by
Max Steiner .... musical director
R.H. Bassett .... music arranger (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... music arranger (uncredited)
Eddie Sharpe .... music arranger (uncredited)
Murray Spivack .... music recordist (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Dave Gould .... dance director
George Nichols Jr. .... associate director (as George Nicholls Jr.)
Earl Gordon .... pilot (uncredited)
Gloria Gottschalk .... script clerk (uncredited)
H.W. Hanemann .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Stanley Kramer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Garland Lincoln .... pilot (uncredited)
J.D. Lockhart .... stand-in: Gene Raymond (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... research director (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Josefina Ramos .... stand-in: Dolores Del Rio (uncredited)
Jack Rand .... pilot (uncredited)
Gilberto Souto .... technician (uncredited)
Frank Tomick .... pilot (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Australia:G | Germany:0 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1934) | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1997) (1999) (2007) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Tosca Roulien, wife of cast member Raul Roulien, was hit by a car driven by John Huston and killed during production of this film.See more »
Continuity: While Fred and Ginger are seated watching the Carioca, their position changes; first she is on his right, then she is on his left, and before they get up to dance, she is back on his right.See more »
Fred Ayres:The trick is to keep your mind a blank.
Honey Hale:With THAT music?
Honey Hale:Oh, Freddie, is my mind red!
See more »
Movie Connections:
CariocaSee more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Fred and Ginger liven up a hackneyed plot, 4 October 2003
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

This movie is typical of its time in the 'two guys and a girl' storyline, this time over the alluring Doleres del Rio (scarily, she looked much the same as this as Elvis Presley's mother in 'Flaming Star' years later). Gene Raymond plays the conniving bandleader who chases her from Miami to Rio, with an impromptu island stop en route.

There are some nice touches (the ghostly 'consciences' of Raymond and del Rio for one, the back projection of orchids and palm trees showcasing her thoughts as her local hick boyfriend sings 'Orchids in the Moonlight') but of course the real interest of this movie is for two reasons - one, the clever and inventive acrobatic stuff with the girls tied to aeroplane wings etc over a new nightspot; and two, the first screen teaming of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, who light up the movie with 'The Carioca'. Fred may have been far from a looker but there is no denying his talent and there was certainly ample chemistry with Rogers for the teaming to work. They'd go on to brighter and better things through the 30s, but this film is fun.

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