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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Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Montera
Patricia Dane ...
Lucette Brunswick
Maurice Craindall
Peter Whitney ...
Harry Gantley
Arthur Space ...
Dick Rich ...
Eva Puig ...
Joan Valerie ...
Mitchell Lewis ...
Julio aka Pete
Eros Volusia ...
Eros Volusia
Eros Volusia Brazilian Dancers ...
Eros Volusia Brazilian Dancers


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1.37 : 1
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William Tannen is listed in studio records for the role of "Pet Shop Owner", but he did not appear in the movie. The part is played by Joe Kirk, Lou Costello's brother-in-law. See more »


Lou gets thrown from the washing machine. But when he gets up from the table he landed on. His hair and clothes are completely dry. See more »


'Doc': Did you ever go to school, stupid?
'Wishy': Yeah and I came out the same way.
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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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