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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 »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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A run of the mill musical except for the obvious addition. See more (49 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)

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)
Grace Davies ... Dancer (uncredited)
Wynne Davis ... Singer (uncredited)
Alphonse De Cruz ... Dancer (uncredited)
Rhea De Shon ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Henry De Silva ... Waiter (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)
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)

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)
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)
Herb Hirst .... location manager (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:o.Al. | 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 original prints, the "Orchids in the Moonlight" number was color tinted.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The violinist in the section where Fred is working with a group of inexperienced girl dancers has his bow set between the strings and thee back of his violin. At the end of the number, the bow is used correctly.See more »
Honey Hale:It's like looking for a noodle in a haystack.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Splice (2009)See more »
Orchids in the MoonlightSee more »


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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A run of the mill musical except for the obvious addition., 5 July 2004
Author: Scaramouche2004 from Coventry, England

By the time Flying Down to Rio was released in 1933, It was Warner Brothers who had been having the success as far as musicals were concerned.

Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell were the uncrowned King and Queen of song and dance land and in films like 42nd Street, Footlight Parade and Gold Diggers and the later movies Dames and Flirtation Walk they were paving the way for a motion picture genre that would continue in much the same vein for the next twenty years.

With kaleidescope routines expertly directed by Busby Berkeley via overhead cameras, the movie musical was finally taking shape bearing little or no resemblance to earlier dismal efforts like MGM'S Broadway Melody of 1929 or their equally unimpressive Hollywood Review from the same year.

RKO was at the time a struggling studio with huge debts and was on the verge of going bankrupt. However they decided to capitalize on this medium in an effort to pull themselves back into the black.

Flying Down to Rio was in all respects no different to any other of the films they produced at the time and I'm sure this film would have sank into obscurity and be long forgotten had it not been for the movie milestone it boasts.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were cast as only 3rd and 4th billed performers, to all intents and purposes, the token dance act, a novelty. Neither of them had done much before. Ginger of course was beginning to make a name for herself. She had featured in both the fore-mentioned 42nd Street and Gold Diggers and was slowly working her way out of chorus lines into bit parts and the occasional solo number.

Fred had done less still. Already a well known stage star in America and Britain, he had just one previous film under his belt. A natural dancer of extraordinary talent, Fred was signed on as RKO's secret weapon in their efforts to make the best musicals.

However, no matter how dull the storyline to "Rio" is (and it is believe me) it is soon forgotten when Fred and Ginger perform their first ever screen dance, The Carioca, a musical number with Latin- American tempo complete with stunning costumes, guest singers and the very kaleidoscopic shots of which Busby Berkeley himself would have been proud. It is their only dance together in the film and their actual dancing is given very limited screen-time, but it was enough to cause Astaire/Rogers mania.

Forgive the cliche but the rest is history as they say.

So successful were they that they went on to appear in a further nine films together making them one of the most beloved and cherished screen partnerships ever.

Alone the Astaire/Rogers musicals of the thirties saved the studio from closure and they helped push Warner's, Keeler and Powell into second place, at least as far as musicals were concerned.

Astaire is given further opportunity to shine in two stunning solos which will leave the viewer in no doubt whatsoever why he was the very best at his chosen craft.

Complete with the now famous 'girls-strapped-onto-aeroplane-wings' scene and with the added talents of Delores Del Rio and Gene Raymond adding the romance, It all helps to make an otherwise dull film into a legendary silver screen gem.

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