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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Rita Ferguson
... Captain Jim Stewart
... Chick Bean
... Ned Lovett
... Dolly Bean
... Roberto Ferguson
Georges Renavent ... General Ravinoff
Helen Kaiser ... Mrs. Katie Bean
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Texas Ranger (as Thomas C. Smith)
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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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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 »


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15 September 1929 (USA)  »

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Рио Рита  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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| (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Bebe Daniels' first talkie. See more »

Goofs

One of the Texas Rangers can be clearly seen wearing a large band-aid over his left eye. 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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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Out on the Loose
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Performed by Bert Wheeler and chorus
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"Rita" as a Talkie Test?
20 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

What a lot of movie buffs may not be aware of is the surprise and delight that the movie audiences of 1929 felt when they first heard Bebe Daniels's singing voice on the silver screen. By the time sound pictures began to appear, Daniels had already been a major silent film star for years, most notably headlining in romantic comedies for Paramount. She was quite popular with audiences, and she was considered a real beauty, too. Yet before the advent of sound, screen audiences (for the most part) didn't know what her voice sounded like... They could only imagine. So at a time when the arrival of sound sometimes killed the careers of heretofore popular movie stars, many so-called "hot" personalities found their personas diminished on the talking screen. Not so with Daniels. No matter what people might have been expecting before the lights went down and the sound came on, as it turned out, in "Rio Rita", her singing voice was nothing short of a sensation. Teaming her with the incredibly handsome John Boles was a nice bit of casting, too, because he too was blessed with a wonderful singing voice. Their "duet in counterpoint" at the beginning of the film (he sings the title tune while she sings "River of My Dreams") must have been a revelation, and one can almost imagine the theatre audiences swooning when it was first heard in 1929. So no matter what others may tell you about this "Rita", the thing to keep in mind is that with almost all of these early talkies, the viewers today who will appreciate them the most are those who can project themselves back in time when they watch them.


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