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Road to Rio (1947)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Musical | 25 December 1947 (USA)
Two inept vaudevillians stow away on a Brazilian-bound ocean liner and foil a plot by a sinister hypnotist to marry off her niece to a greedy fortune hunter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Harmon
Ship's Purser
The Wiere Brothers ...
Three Musicians
Andrews Sisters


Scat Sweeney, and Hot Lips Barton, two out of work musicians, stow away on board a Rio bound ship, after accidentally setting fire to the big top of a circus. They then get mixed up with a potential suicide Lucia, who first thanks them, then unexpectedly turns them over to the ship's captain. When they find out that she has been hypnotized, to go through a marriage of convenience, when the ship reaches Rio, the boys turn up at the ceremony, in order to stop the wedding, and to help catch the crooks. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Release Date:

25 December 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Rio  »


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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The gag in which Bob Hope and Bing Crosby pose as barbers and accidentally shave the gangster's mustache off is copied from the 1931 Marx Brothers' film "Monkey Business," made by the same director, Norman Z. McLeod. See more »


Throughout the film Frank Faylen's character is called "Harry" but on the closing credits he's listed as portraying "Trigger". See more »


Hot Lips Barton: [Hanging off the high wire] Help! Help!
Hot Lips Barton: [Aside to camera] You know, this picture could end right here.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits begin with the names of the stars (and their legs) doing a dance, with the rest of the credits swaying in time with the music. See more »


References Road to Utopia (1945) See more »


Written by Hannibal Cruz and Vicente Paiva
Performed by Marquita Rivera
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Only a notch down from "Road to Utopia"
20 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Although Hope, Crosby and Lamour were teaming together for the fifth time in a Road movie, the format and style remain fresh, with a greater emphasis on song and a more rigid plot-line than in its four predecessors. The interplay between the three stars continues to be a delight, and Gale Sondergaard makes for a wonderful villain, whilst the Wiere Brothers almost steal the show as a trio of Rio street entertainers whom Bing and Bob persuade to impersonate the last three members of the five-piece all-American band that they have promised to deliver into Nestor Paiva's nightclub. There are a number of hilarious set-pieces, particularly with Hope cycling on a tightrope, and a rousing and manic climax. As a result of all these fine features, "Road to Rio" is only a notch down from my favourite Road picture, "Road to Utopia".

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