The first and only female leader in the Big Band era. Lots and swing and dancing.

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Emily Adrien ...
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Bill Furrow ...
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The first and only female leader in the Big Band era. Lots and swing and dancing.

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Short | Music | Musical

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1 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Melody Masters (1938-1939 season) #16: Rita Rio and Her Orchestra  »

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Vitaphone production reel #B229. See more »

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My Margarita (El Charro)
Written by María Grever
English lyrics by Walter Hirsch
Performed by Rita Rio's All Girl Orchestra (as Rita Rio and Her Orchestra)
Sung by Dona Drake (as Rita Rio)
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The Vitagraph Studios
22 March 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Roy Mack directs another nice musical short at the Vitagraph Studios out in Brooklyn -- if you go out to the neighborhood, you can still see the company logo on the chimney, although it hasn't been used as a studio in decades. Production shifted for the war in 1942 and never got moving again afterward.

Rita Rio -- also known as Dona Drake -- is a jitterbug, like Betty Hutton and June Allyson in her early shorts, leading the band and dancing and having a fine old time. This sort of short was a staple of Warner Brothers' Vitaphone division from 1926 through 1944 and this is a good example of the genre.


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