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Rio Rita (1942)

Passed  -  Comedy | Music | Musical  -  April 1942 (USA)
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Doc and Wishey run into some Nazi-agents, who want to smuggle bombs into the USA from a Mexican border hotel.

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Storyline

After being fired from their jobs as clerks in a pet store, Doc and Wishey, a couple of bumpkins, hide in the trunk of a car that they think will take them to New York. Somehow, however, they end up in Texas where they help to facilitate the romance of a popular Latin singer and the owner of a resort hotel while exposing a gang of Fifth-Columnists. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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LOU'S in LOVE! AND BUD PONDERS WHO'S the SIMP (original ad - mostly caps) See more »


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Some modern credits erroneously list the song "Long Before You Came Along" as appearing in the 1929 version. It was written for the 1942 version. See more »

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In the scene where Lou is on top of the car garage roof, a seam in the sky cyclorama can clearly be seen, even in long shot, and shadows of trees are also reflected on the "sky." See more »

Quotes

'Wishy': I want to be like the Rangers when I die. I want to die with my boots on.
'Doc': Why?
'Wishy': I got holes in my socks.
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Soundtracks

Rio Rita
(1927)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Played during the opening credits
Sung by John Carroll (uncredited) at the hotel
Reprised by the band at the hotel
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Abbott and Costello diluted
24 February 2004 | by (elgin, illinois) – See all my reviews

This was Bud and Lou's only film for MGM, which was their good fortune. It's surprising that Universal Studios, for which A and C were prime money-makers, would have lent them out. They must have sent someone to Universal in exchange. Most of the team's Universal films, no matter how silly the premise, were usually tightly constructed around their personalities and abilities, which were mostly a series of set pieces within a flimsy plot, except The Time of Their Lives, when they portrayed characters in the story line, without any of their routines. Many consider this their best film, though I don't agree, despite its departure from their formula. At any rate, MGM showed itself unable to use their talents to the foremost, as was the case in their use of the Marx Brothers in their three last MGM films. There are several excellent routines, but they are submerged in a tedious and unbelievable plot of romance and espionage. MGM was developing Kathryn Grayson (who does not get star billing) as a contract player, and would probably have taken advantage of A and C's box office appeal to showcase her. Unfortunately, her performance is quite wooden; though perhaps she could not do much with the material given. Later on she developed at least a degree of charm, if not strong acting talent, in some of MGM's large-scale musicals, especially Show Boat. If you are an A and C fan, make good use of your fast-forward.


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