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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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  (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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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)

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In the original prints, the "Orchids in the Moonlight" number was color tinted.See more »
Miscellaneous: From the height they were flying, most of the "dance" routines of the young women on the plane wings would not be visible to people on the ground.See more »
Fred Ayres:Wait a minute. Wait a minute. This is really good news. Rog has outdone himself.
Honey Hale:I'll bet he's broken both legs running after two women at the same time.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
South American Rhythm, 1 February 2002
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

FLYING DOWN TO RIO (RKO Radio, 1933), directed by Thornton Freeland, is a musical showcase for Mexican star Dolores Del Rio playing a Brazilian beauty named Belinia De Rezende, Gene Raymond as Roger Bond, a girl chasing orchestra leader, and Raul Roulien as Julio Rubeiro as Belinia's fiancé and Roger's best friend who complicates matters. By the film's conclusion, the ones who "walked off" with the movie are the supporting players of Ginger Rogers as the band vocalist, and Fred Astaire as the accordionist-dancer, in that order, thus, the beginning of a new screen team, and never again in the persona of sassy Honey Hale and semi-sophisticated Fred Ayres. Yet it's amazing that Astaire and Rogers made such a lasting impression at all in this production, considering they play subordinate roles who supply "comedy relief," and have very little opportunity to act or dance together. Even in the famous, "Carioca," number (which was how they became crowned "The King and Queen of the Carioca"), they get to perform only a few dance steps, but the ensemble of other dancers and singers get most of the footage during its 12 minutes. But even without Astaire and Rogers, or either with one of them along with a different partner, FLYING DOWN TO RIO remains an early musical attempt to capture that South American feel and tango rhythm, predating all those cliché musicals MGM or 20th Century-Fox would distribute in the 1940s, with the addition of Technicolor and/or Xavier Cugat and Carmen Miranda, etc. As for the plot elements, it remains similar to the ones used in subsequent Astaire and Rogers films, but this time the situations of strangers meeting followed by a merry mix-up, belongs to its leading players (Del Rio, Raymond and Roulien). The first half of the movie takes place in Miami, Florida, where the plot development amongst the central characters begin, then shifts to Rio De Janiero, the second largest city in Brazil, where the complications continue and are resolved after 89 minutes of screen time. In between all this comes the singing and dancing to help the plot along.

With the music and lyrics by Gus Kahn, Edward Eliscu and Vincent Youmans, the songs include: "Music Makes Me" (sung by Ginger Rogers in the foreground with Fred Astaire, as one of the members of the band, playing the accordion in the background); "The Carioca" (performed by musicians, danced by numerous Brazilians, sung by Alice Gentle and Etta Moten, and danced briefly by Astaire and Rogers); "Orchids in the Moonlight" (sung by Raul Roulien to Dolores Del Rio/reprise, danced by Astaire and Del Rio, with one observer saying to another, "Oh, look, Belinha is dancing our tango with an Americano."); "Music Makes Me" (tap dance solo by Astaire); and "Flying Down to Rio" (sung by Fred Astaire/ danced by girls chained to the wings of the flying airplanes).

Other than some advanced camera techniques used in this production, portions of the movie play like a picture postcard advertisement, mainly during its montage sequences where the camera focuses first from an air-view of famous landmarks, then from the ground view of Rio De Janiero, and flipping over to other scenes of the city from people walking the streets to cars driving down the roads before returning to the storyline.

In the supporting cast are Blanche Frederici as Belinda's old-fashioned Aunt (Tia) Elena; Roy D'Arcy, Maurice Black and Armand Kaliz as the Greeks; Franklin Pangborn as Mr. Hammerstein; Luis Alberni as The Rio Casino Manager; and Eric Blore as Mr. Butterbass making his first of five performances in an Astaire and Rogers musical. He is an asset to every one of them. It's also interesting to note that Raul Roulien remained somewhat obscure after appearing in this, never to become the Cesar Romero-type of Hollywood. As for the few Hollywood movies to feature him in the early 1930s, this is the only one still in circulation today and possibly his best opportunity on screen.

When Gene Raymond was interviewed about FLYING DOWN TO RIO in the documentary on RKO Radio titled "Hollywood, the Golden Years" (as narrated by Ed Asner back in the late 1980s), he mentioned that he thought that FLYING DOWN TO RIO was going to become the "Bomb of Bombs," but much to his surprise when it made its premiere during the Christmas season at Radio City Music Hall, he noticed while being in New York City that there was a long line of people going around the block waiting to go in and see this movie. One cannot be sure that history would repeat itself again in today's society, but FLYING DOWN TO RIO, in spite of whatever is right or wrong it it, is vintage entertainment at best. Only one debit: acrobats flipping and catching one other, and hanging on the swings under the wings of the flying airplane during the "Flying Down to Rio" number. Not realistic, but it got by. And on the historical side, this is where Astaire and Rogers got their start together on screen, thus, becoming the most popular song and dance team of the movies, never to be topped or equaled by anyone. Now that's something to think about!

FLYING DOWN TO RIO, which was formerly shown on American Movie Classics for many years, is currently presented on Turner Classic Movies. It is also available on video cassette and DVD. Recommended highly to fans of the team and/or musicals from this era. (***1/2)

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