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Release Date:
25 December 1947 (USA) See more »
Si, Si ! It's the maddest, merriest "Road" picture of all! You'll See! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Only a notch down from "Road to Utopia" See more (19 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bing Crosby ... Scat Sweeney

Bob Hope ... Hot Lips Barton

Dorothy Lamour ... Lucia Maria de Andrade

Gale Sondergaard ... Catherine Vail

Frank Faylen ... Trigger
Joseph Vitale ... Tony

George Meeker ... Sherman Mallory

Frank Puglia ... Rodrigues

Nestor Paiva ... Cardoso

Robert Barrat ... Johnson

Stanley Andrews ... Capt. Harmon

Harry Woods ... Ship's Purser
The Wiere Brothers ... Three Musicians

The Andrews Sisters ... Andrews Sisters

Jerry Colonna ... Colonna
The Stone-Barton Puppeteers ... Puppeteers
The Carioca Boys ... Carioca Boys
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Show Girl (uncredited)
Rudolph Andrean ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Laverne Andrews ... Laverne Andrews (uncredited)
Maxene Andrews ... Maxene Andrews (uncredited)
Patty Andrews ... Patty (uncredited)
Don Avalier ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Lucille Barkley ... Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Rolando Barrera ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Stanley Blystone ... Assistant Purser (uncredited)

Al Bridge ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan ... Mr. Stanton (uncredited)
Dolores Castle ... Aristocratic Brazilian (uncredited)

George Chandler ... Ship's Valet (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Martha Clemons ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Charles Cooley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Laura Corbay ... Gertrude - Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Ship's Barber (uncredited)
Delmar Costello ... Peasant (uncredited)
Lionel Dante ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Tom Dugan ... Barker (uncredited)

Ralph Dunn ... Meat Delivery Foreman (uncredited)
Rene Dussaq ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Jane Everett ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Ship Lounge Extra (uncredited)

Frank Ferguson ... Texas Posse Member (uncredited)
Robbie Franks ... Flower Girl (uncredited)
Jeanne Gail ... Girl (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Steward (uncredited)
Norma Gentner ... Passenger / Hula Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Gomez ... Roustabout (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Roustabout (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Sideshow Audience Member (uncredited)
Bert Hanlon ... Barker (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Ship Lounge Extra (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst ... Barker (uncredited)

Tor Johnson ... Sandor (uncredited)
Lorna Jordon ... Carnival Girl (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Steward (uncredited)
Tommy Ladd ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Pat Lane ... Assistant Purser (uncredited)

George Lloyd ... Butcher (uncredited)

Babe London ... Woman (uncredited)
John Mallon ... Second Stampman / Maitre d' / Barker (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Farmer (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frederic Nay ... Barker (uncredited)
William Newell ... Meat Stamper (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Butcher (uncredited)
Patsy O'Byrne ... Charwoman (uncredited)
Stênio Osório ... Waiter (uncredited)
Byron Poindexter ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Barbara Pratt ... Airline Hostess (uncredited)
Pepito Pérez ... Dignified Gentleman (uncredited)
Renee Randall ... Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Marquita Rivera ... Lead Singer and Dancer (uncredited)

Julian Rivero ... Brazilian Manservant (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Brazilian Pilot (uncredited)

Raul Roulien ... Cavalry Officer (uncredited)
Albert Ruiz ... Max - Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Rudolph Silva ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
George Sorel ... The Prefecto (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Buck (uncredited)
Rudolph Valentino ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Kathyrine Valk ... Spectator (uncredited)
Bonnie Vallarino ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Arthur Vallee ... Peasant (uncredited)
Tad Van Brunt ... Pilot (uncredited)
Joe Whitehead ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Harry Wiere ... One of the Wiere Brothers (uncredited)
Sylvester Wiere ... One of the Wiere Brothers (uncredited)
Duke York ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Kay Young ... Girl (uncredited)
Fred Zendar ... Stevedore (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Z. McLeod 
Writing credits
Edmund Beloin (original story) and
Jack Rose (original story)

Edmund Beloin (screenplay) and
Jack Rose (screenplay)

Barney Dean  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Daniel Dare .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Emmett Dolan (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Oscar Rudolph .... assistant director
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Howard Beals .... sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects (as Paul Lerpae)
Animation Department
Emery Hawkins .... animator: opening sequence (uncredited)
Jack Huber .... animator: opening sequence (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Johnny Burke .... lyrics by: new songs
Robert Emmett Dolan .... musical director
Joseph J. Lilley .... vocal arrangements
Troy Sanders .... music associate
Jimmy Van Heusen .... music by: new songs
Samuel Hoffman .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward H. Plumb .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Billy Daniel .... dances staged by
Bernard Pearce .... dances staged by
Louis Oliveira .... technical advisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1948) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #12478) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Hiding in the lifeboat, Bob Hope is polishing his trumpet and says "You happy little Grable bait". Heartthrob Betty Grable married trumpeter Harry James in 1943.See more »
Continuity: Right after Harry and Tony knock each other out, Scat Sweeny takes his earring off twice.See more »
Hot Lips Barton:[to Catherine Vail] Are you waiting for your broom?
Scat Sweeney:I'll listen for you on "The Inner Sanctum."
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Only a notch down from "Road to Utopia", 20 November 2000
Author: rgshanks ( from Warrington, England

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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