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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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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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Lookout Army, watch out Navy, America's No. 1 comics have deserted...Now they're Rummios! See more »


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The convertible that Ricardo Montera (John Carroll) drives is a 1942 De Soto Custom with the unique for that era hidden headlights: "New Airfoil Lights - Out of Sight Except At Night". See more »

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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 »

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Ricardo Montera: [Referring to Rita] who is she?
Golfer: You got me brother!
Ricardo Montera: I don't want you brother!
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Version of Musical Comedy Time: Rio Rita (1950) See more »

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The Ranger's Song
(1927)
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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Bud and Lou's MGM debut
7 September 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

With the money that Abbott and Costello made in their films at Universal to save that studio from going bankrupt, L.B. Mayer decided he wanted some of that himself. So Universal was probably paid a lot of cash to loan them out for the first of three films.

MGM dusted off the old show Rio Rita which was a smash Broadway success for Florenz Ziegfeld in 1927-1928. Universal had filmed it in 1929 with John Boles, Bebe Daniels and Wheeler and Woolsey. Come to think of it, they probably tossed in the rights for Rio Rita in the loan out deal for Abbott and Costello.

All that was retained were the two big songs of the show, the title song and the Ranger song. Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg wrote You Came Along sung very nicely by John Carroll and Kathryn Grayson.

The plot is pretty silly involving some Nazi spies sending coded messages during a broadcast featuring Latino crooner John Carroll. He's got a cheap Mexican accent that really doesn't fool anyone. Why didn't MGM use a real Latino performer like Tito Guizar? I guess we'll never know.

And Abbott and Costello don't get to use any of their patented routines here although they do have some funny moments. MGM did much better by them in Lost In a Harem which is more like the stuff they were doing at Universal.


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