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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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Complete credited cast:
Rita Winslow
John Carroll ...
Ricardo Montera
Patricia Dane ...
Lucette Brunswick
Tom Conway ...
Maurice Craindall
Peter Whitney ...
Harry Gantley
Arthur Space ...
Dick Rich ...
Eva Puig ...
Joan Valerie ...
Mitchell Lewis ...
Eros Volusia ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eros Volusia Brazilian Dancers ...


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

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April 1942 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »


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 »


'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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The Ranger's Song
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Kathryn Grayson (uncredited), John Carroll (uncredited) and rangers
Played often on a radio
Played at the end
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Awkward Mix
2 January 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Lesser A&C romp. The boys are in Mexico, where they get mixed up with Nazi agents.

This was the boys first production at MGM and frankly it looks like the big-budget studio wasn't sure how to duplicate the team's surging success over at Universal. That whirling car- lift is a heck of an effect, but is more impressive than funny. Then too, operatic singer Kathryn Grayson seems an odd choice for musical interludes in a knock-about comedy. In fact, it's a more high-profile supporting cast than usual, with John Carroll (Ricardo) getting as much screen time as A&C.

There are, of course, some amusing bits as could be expected from the duo (mainly the puns), but the Nazi part is left sketchy without the menace it should have provided Costello's brand of comedy. This also looks like a try-out for the Volusia dancers. Their costumes are eye-catchers, but this is their only movie credit. Of the three MGM productions (Lost in a Harem, {1944}), and (A&C in Hollywood, {1945}), this one in my view is the least. All in all, they really did belong at low-budget Universal where there was less concern with prestige.

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