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Rio Rita (1929)

Capt. James Stewart pursues the bandit "The Kinkajou" over the Mexican border and falls in love with Rita. He suspects, that her brother is the bandit.

Director:

Luther Reed

Writers:

Luther Reed (adapted by), Guy Bolton (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bebe Daniels ... Rita Ferguson
John Boles ... Captain Jim Stewart
Bert Wheeler ... Chick Bean
Robert Woolsey ... Ned Lovett
Dorothy Lee ... Dolly Bean
Don Alvarado ... Roberto Ferguson
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... General Ravinoff
Helen Kaiser Helen Kaiser ... Mrs. Katie Bean
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Smith ... Texas Ranger (as Thomas C. Smith)
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Storyline

Capt. James Stewart pursues the bandit "The Kinkajou" over the Mexican border and falls in love with Rita. He suspects, that her brother is the bandit. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

At last! Fiery romance and musical extravaganza leap beyond theatre walls and find a magic stage that stretches to the world's ends. (print ad- Journal and Republican, Lowville, N.Y. 28 August 1930). See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Рио Рита See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Fred Scott. See more »

Goofs

Someone explains that the word kinkajou is Mexican for wildcat. It's actually a corruption of an Indian word, probably from the Ojibwa. A kinkajou is a Central American marsupial and not a cat at all. See more »

Quotes

Gonzales: [thug threatening Chick] What would you do with a big fist like this?
Chick Bean: Wash it.
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Alternate Versions

The print of the film that is shown occasionally on Turner Classic Movies is only 104 minutes, indicating a reduction of about 35 minutes from the film's original running time. See more »

Connections

Version of Musical Comedy Time: Rio Rita (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweethearts
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Performed by Bebe Daniels
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An interesting film for aficionados of film history
27 December 1999 | by kos-3See all my reviews

Though Rio Rita has a big reputation among aficionados, I think it's probably due more to its success as a stage vehicle than as a film.

Nevertheless, for those who are interested in historical films, I feel Rio Rita serves as a good example of the kinds of obstacles that faced early film makers and actors. As the sound and music was recorded live, there are a number of mistakes, slips and awkward moments. But rather than detract, I think it's interesting to see how the actors and staff negotiated these difficulties. Particularly in the reprise of "Sweetheart We Need Each Other" you can see Dorothy Lee struggling to follow the conductor while Bert Wheeler keeps on distracting her, while Helen Kaiser is clearly trying to follow Lee but both Woolsey and Wheeler keep on getting in her way.

Then there are moments that, because the recording was done live, are just over the top. The most hysterical moment has got to be when, after 5 minutes of singing and tap-dancing in a single take, and then after a series of double summersaults, Bert Wheeler literally jumps on Dorothy Lee's back and rides piggy-back while she resumes singing. Wow!

And of course, with so few surviving films with two-strip Technicolor, it's always interesting to see how early film makers took advantage of it.


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