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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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The Radio Picture Screen Operetta See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Only the shorter 1932 re-release version, missing about 35 minutes including two musical numbers, is known to exist. See more »

Goofs

When we see people dancing at the Fremont Cafe at the start of the movie while the Fremont Bank is being robbed next door, gunshots and shouts are heard on the soundtrack. The dancers however do not react at all to the shots until the next scene when they are seen panicking. See more »

Quotes

Rita Ferguson: Of course I trust you.
Captain Jim Stewart: And you promise that someday maybe...
Rita Ferguson: Someday maybe, I'm going to be your chain and ball.
Captain Jim Stewart: You mean ball and chain.
Rita Ferguson: Oh, yes. That's what I mean.
Captain Jim Stewart: Oh, you darling.
Rita Ferguson: Oh, listen, you cannot make love to me out here.
Captain Jim Stewart: Why not?
Rita Ferguson: There are too many people.
Captain Jim Stewart: Oh, Rita, I'm just dying to take you in my arms.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

As of 2013, the version that Warner Bros. currently has is 142 minutes. Vitaphone disks for the entire film, but not for all the sequence cut for the 1932 re-release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Stolen Jools (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

The Kinkajou
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Performed by Dorothy Lee and chorus
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User Reviews

Rio Rita (1929) is a gem!
26 February 2005 | by millerman1939See all my reviews

I think many of us make the mistake of reviewing films of the transition to sound era from the viewpoint of highlighting the inadequacies of the technology of the period as seen from today, I have recently seen an unrestored Video print of Rio Rita, the quality of which was excellent, the sound was excellent, the two strip colour finale as most will agree was stunning. I found Bebe Daniels characterisation to be endearing and entertaining, her accent didn't grate at all far from it, it fitted her role and she was in fine voice in her first talkie musical, John Boles performance was set very much in the stage style of presentation, he had a fine voice very easy on the ear. Rio Rita is a gem from the late 20's and deserves to be restored 100% to it's former glory when released,filmed head on for most of it's duration, rather like watching a stage show, I see it as a wonderful filmed record of what it was like to actually sit in the Ziegfeld Theatre perhaps and be a member of the first night performance of the show on stage, the nearest we will ever get to actually seeing a Ziegfeld show of the period, and partly in stunning two strip colour. The technical restrictions of the period, static camera's, etc work in the films favour for me, we have an opportunity to see a filmed stage show featuring some of the greatest stars of the period. I would like to suggest when watching film musicals of the late 20's, very early 30's, playing the soundtrack through an equaliser, then play it through your amplifier to good quality speakers, the results can be amazing, tinny soundtracks can suddenly take on a sound quality you had no idea was there! I recommend Rio Rita 8 out of 10 only because my copy though excellent isn't restored,a fully restored Rio Rita would be a wonderful to see and hear.


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