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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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"SENORITA...I'M CRAZY with LOVE FOR YOU" -- BUD "HE'S CRAZY ALRIGHT...BUT I'm your DAISY" -- LOU (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »


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April 1942 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were under contract to Universal Pictures, and their films were so successful that MGM signed a three-film contract with them to take advantage of a clause in their Universal contract that allowed them to do one film a year for another company. This was the first one; Lost in a Harem (1944) and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945) were the others. However, each of the films was less successful than the previous one, and MGM canceled its agreement with Universal after the third film. 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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Version of Musical Comedy Time: Rio Rita (1950) See more »


Ora O Conga
Written by Lacerdo
Supposedly in the movie
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A Great Abbott And Costello Vehicle!!!
15 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A few months ago, I was really on a roll on seeing Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's films, especially their early films, and so this was one of the ones that I got a hold of to watch. So one day, I got this movie and watched it, the whole thing, all the way through. And so when it was over, I had to give an opinion on it, and I can say that this is a very funny Abbott and Costello film, it is not as good as their previous ones such as Hold That Ghost and Buck Privates, but it is still a very funny movie and a very great Abbott and Costello vehicle! Abbott and Costello against the Nazi's, who will be the winner? The winner is of course the very lovable and ubiquitous Abbott and Costello, I have said this a lot but Abbott and Costello are the greatest comedy team of them all, they are the kings of comedy, and one of these days, I am going to collect all of their really great films on home video and watch them all in order! Abbott and Costello are the greatest movie comedy team, but the Three Stooges are the best short comedy team! Sorry Stooges, but Abbott and Costello are the greatest of them all!

This is not the best Abbott and Costello movie that I have ever seen, that one is Hold That Ghost, but I can honestly say that this is a very hysterical movie that will get your laughter really rising high! I just really love Abbott and Costello, no more no less, I just really love them! One last thing here, if you are really a big fan of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and if you have not seen this movie yet, then I really think that you should!

Prepare yourself for Abbott and Costello at one of their best, because when you watch this movie, you are going to be paralyzed with laughter, no kidding, you seriously will!


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