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Rio Rita (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Musical | April 1942 (USA)
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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Ricardo Montera
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Lucette Brunswick
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Maurice Craindall
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Jake
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Harry Gantley
Arthur Space ...
Trask
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Marianna
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Dotty
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Julio aka Pete
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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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Songs: "RIO RITA" "LONG BEFORE YOU EVER CAME ALONG" "UNUSUAL WEATHER" "The SHADOW SONG" (original print ad - almost all caps) See more »


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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 26 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); its San Francisco television premiere took place 1 January 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7); in New York City its earliest documented airing took place 24 September 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). 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 »

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'Wishy': If I'm the one that gets killed, get twenty-five beautiful girls to walk around me.
'Doc': Why?
'Wishy': If I don't get up, then you know i'm dead.
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Such Unusual Weather
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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
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Superb comedy!
2 March 2000 | by (Essex, England) – See all my reviews

Abbott and Costello stranded in a petshop (this part was filmed after the film was completed as Kathryn Grayson's opening number was considered racist and was cut!!) and lose their jobs. They are stranded in a town. Oddly enough, they decide to go their separate ways!! I didn't like this idea. Bud and Lou are supposed to be partners (well for most of their films).

They sneak into the boot (trunk) of famous crooner Ricardo Montera, as they wrongly assume he is going to NY. He is on his way to Vista Del Rio, A radio station in Texas to sing on a live broadcast. Rita, is a big star on the station and has eyes only for Montera, who they had a brief encounter with 10 years previously. He arrives next morning, with the boys still in the back of the car and immediately gets on his horse and rides off to the plains. He grew up with the rangers. Ricardo, not remembering Rita, meets up with her and comes on fresh to her (After a boring song). After, she reminds him who she is, the rangers then appear and they sing the only good song in the movie. Bud and Lou(after an absolutely hilarious - and I mean HILARIOUS!!) routine with the car, find themselves wondering around starving. After stealing fake apples used by the nazi owners (they are really radios), they are more hungry than ever. A waiter lays a table right where they are lying and they eat the food. After the waiters chase them away, Rita tells Lucette, also after Ricardo, that she sent them the food. She then employs the boys as house detectives. The boys have to get Lucette away from Ricardo and the manager has to get a broadcast out that night to fellow nazis in code. This is a hilarious, top Abbott and Costello comedy. There is a good background story and plenty left over for the boys to do many routines and wordplay. If only they made more films of this standard. They did make better films though. The only downside is the many songs. Kathryn Grayson performs a never ending opera number which slows down the pace. The rest of the songs, after 10 years of watching this movie (and STILL laughing) I can sit through.

Look out for the best bit: Lou trapped inside a giant washing machine!! Abbott and Costello fans will certainly not be disapointed with this movie.

There was something so special about the films they made in the early 40s that I just can't define! Wonderful!


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