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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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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  »

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?


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 »


When Hot Lips and Scat disguise themselves as the barber and shoeshine boy, Hot Lips begins to put shaving cream on the guy in the chair, including his mustache, but the close-up shows no shaving cream on his mustache. See more »


Cardoso: You phoneys! You'll never work in Rio again!
Hot Lips Barton: Who wants to work? We're musicians!
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Written by Hannibal Cruz and Vicente Paiva
Performed by Marquita Rivera
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Your telling me, Your in the Groove Jackson, This is murder!
21 January 2000 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

Another Road picture with Bob, Bing and Dorothy. As always there are moments of hilarity. This one is with the Wiere Brothers as non-English speaking street musicians who hook up with the gang. We first see the Wiere's putting on their music and dance routine in front of a small crowd. Then Bing gets them to join he and Bobs little combo. Bing teaches them a few words of English to get by. They encounter nightclub manager Nestor Paiva (Best known as Lucas from Creature from the Black Lagoon) and use their newfound language on him. Comedy is comedy now matter how old it is and this scene with the Wiere Brothers is still hilarious.

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