Road to Rio (1947)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Musical  |  25 December 1947 (USA)
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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:
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Nestor Paiva ...
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Stanley Andrews ...
Harry Woods ...
The Wiere Brothers ...
Three Musicians
Jerry Colonna ...


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

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Such Songs! Experience, But Beautiful, Apalachicola Fla., You Don't Have to Know the Language. (One-sheet poster). See more »


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Release Date:

25 December 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Rio  »

Box Office


$4,500,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the Decca Records boxed album of selections from the Johnny Burke-Jimmy Van Heusen film score, substitutions were made in the way that two songs were presented. Bob Hope was under contract to Capitol Records at this point, so the Hope-Bing Crosby duet of the agile city tune, "Apalachicola, FLA," was semi-recast on the album by teaming Bing with The Andrews Sisters, already guest-starring in the movie. Dorothy Lamour, recording for the Coast label at this point, delivered in this feature the comically sly "Experience," which was transformed by Decca into a pairing of Mr. Crosby and Nan Wynn, who did not participate in the picture. See more »


When Hot Lips and Scat try to make a passenger seasick, the passenger puts his fork down twice. See more »


Hot Lips Barton: [Looking at the bicycle on the high wire he has to ride] You want me want me to ride that thing?
Scat Sweeney: Why not?
Hot Lips Barton: Up in the stratosphere?
Scat Sweeney: Oh, you
Scat Sweeney: ...
Hot Lips Barton: Who do you think I am - Mr. Jordan?
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References Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) See more »


Written by Russo de Pandeiro and Peterpan
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Only a notch down from "Road to Utopia"
20 November 2000 | by (Warrington, England) – 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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