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Release Date:
29 December 1933 (USA) See more »
A musical extravaganza staged in the clouds! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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  (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)
Marion Feducha ... Bellhop (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)
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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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?

In the Flying down to Rio musical number, many of the girls on the airplane wings are wearing see-through tops. The Hays code, introduced in 1930 was not enforced until 1934.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!
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34 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Only in America of the thirties, 14 February 2006
Author: Tony43 from Los Angeles

Consider this. RKO released "Flying down to Rio" in 1933, when America was in the very depths of the Great Depression. Millions of Americans were out of work and millions more lived in fear of the economic and political realities plaguing the world.

So Hollywood turned out films like this one, escapist fare about rich dilettantes drifting back and forth from Miami to Rio. Indeed, the hero of this little trifle, Gene Raymond, is the scion of a wealthy family who will inherit lots of money, if he gives up fiddling around with song writing and aviation. And the thing is, pictures liked this one worked. The unemployed probably didn't have the ten cents or more it took to get in to see gems like this, but those who did have the money turned out for this kind of picture, gawking at the upper classes in wonder.

"Flying down to Rio," though, is an early talkie and hardly the best example of this kind of romantic comedy. Directed by Thornton Freeland, an early talkie director whose career was largely undistinguished, it has a loose feel about it and does not marry sound and visuals together with any real skill. The pacing is bad, the musical numbers drag on way too long and the film is not the kind of polished production RKO and the rest of Hollywood would start turning out within the next few years.

But "Flying Down to Rio" is remembered today for one thing and one thing only, the first pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, who would become the greatest dance team in movie history. That pairing almost didn't happen, because Ginger's role was originally earmarked for starlet Dorothy Jordan, who wound up catching the eye of Merian C. Cooper, then riding high at RKO after the spectacular success of "King Kong." Jordan became Cooper's girlfriend and quickly his wife and Ginger stepped into her dance shoes and from there into screen immortality. Ironically, Fred and Ginger are not the leads in this film and actually only do one dance number together, but they were good enough to convince the powers that be that new stars had been born, providing those stars could dance their way through their future films.

But aside from that number, there are a couple of other reasons to see this film. The first is top billed star Dolores Del Rio, one of the most beautiful women to ever turn up on the screen. A wealthy socialite from Mexico, she arrived in Hollywood in the silent era and became famous playing a French peasant girl being romanced by two American soldiers in "What Price Glory." Her transition to sound was rocky, though, not because of her voice, but rather what felled many a silent star, her "foreign accent." But it didn't kill her. She returned to Mexico and helped launch its film industry.

Aside from Del Rio, the other things to look for are the Depression era sets. Built to depict hotels and elaborate supper clubs, they are among the most spectacular of the era. And then, finally, there is that other sequence this film is known for, the truly amazing production number featuring the title song, "Flying Down to Rio" in which a bevy of beautiful girls allow themselves to be strapped to the wings of biplanes and flown over Rio as entertainment during the opening of a hotel. While the overwhelming majority of the footage are probably process shots, there appear to be a couple of real life wing walker type shots blended in to give the sequence a realistic feel.

Merian Cooper, then RKO's defacto production boss, was among many other things a pilot himself, an aviation buff and one of the founders of Pan American Airways, the airline that pioneered trans-ocean flight. And even before the famed Pan Am Clippers crossed the Atlantic and the Pacific in the mid-thirties, they'd already established mail and early passenger service to South America with the Sikorsky S-40 nd S-42 flying boats,shown at the end of the film.

In some ways, this film is one big advertisement for the Clippers and for aviation, back when it looked like fun. But then, the real fun was watching Astaire and Rogers in subsequent films proving that in addition to having a good eye for manly stuff like big gorillas and airplanes, Merian C.Cooper was not exactly blind to musical talent, either.

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