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Flying Down to Rio ()


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An aviator and band leader who is always getting his group fired for his flirtatious behavior with the female guests soon finds himself falling for an engaged woman.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
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Belinha De Rezende (as Dolores Del Rio)
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Roger Bond
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Julio Rubeiro
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Honey Hale
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Fred Ayres
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Dona Elena De Rezende
Walter Walker ...
Senor De Rezende
Etta Moten ...
The Colored Singer
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One of the Three Greeks
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One of the Three Greeks
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One of the Three Greeks
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The Mayor
Reginald Barlow ...
The Banker
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The Head Waiter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Rio Casino Manager (uncredited)
Bernice Alstock ...
Singer (uncredited)
Rafael Alvir ...
(uncredited)
Chita Andrews ...
Check Girl (uncredited)
Ella Angelus ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Maid (uncredited)
Eddie Arden ...
Bellhop (uncredited)
Leo Artigo ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Carmen Bailey ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Janet Barrett ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Muriel Barrett ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Norman Bennett ...
Singer (uncredited)
Eddie Boland ...
Airplane Mechanic (uncredited)
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Eddie - Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Hal Borne ...
Pianist (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Rodrigues - the Chauffeur (uncredited)
Mary Bracken ...
Dancer (uncredited)
The Brazilian Turunas ...
Musical Ensemble (uncredited)
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Belinha's Friend (uncredited)
Mary Burman ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Nina Campana ...
Mme. Borget-Damas (uncredited)
Harriet Castelo ...
Check Girl (uncredited)
Cruz Castro ...
Lackey (uncredited)
Bob Cautiero ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Chiquita ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Alex Chivra ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Helen Collins ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ...
Yankee Clipper Banjo Player (uncredited)
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Messenger (uncredited)
Sue Curtis ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Henry Da Silva ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Grace Davies ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Wynne Davis ...
Singer (uncredited)
Alphonse De Cruz ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Rhea De Shon ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Amapola Del Vando ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Armand Delmar ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Doreen Doyle ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Lola Durand ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Juan Duval ...
Dancer (uncredited)
John Eberts ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Lalo Encinas ...
Lackey (uncredited)
Marion Feducha ...
Bellhop (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Bill Fisher ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Marcelle Force ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Belinha's Friend (uncredited)
Vina Gale ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ...
Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
William Gavin ...
Singer (uncredited)
Charmayne Gaywood ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Alice Gentle ...
Carioca Singer (uncredited)
Yvonne Girrard ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Rita Gordon ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Jane Gumber ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Hazel Hayes ...
Singer (uncredited)
Pauline High ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph Hornbrook ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Grace Walston Jester ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Harvey Karels ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Paul Karlesky ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Boyd King ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Belinha's Friend (uncredited)
Martha La Venture ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Perc Launders ...
Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Frank Lava ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Mildred Lehrman ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Mildred Lewis ...
Singer (uncredited)
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Airplane Pilot (uncredited)
Frank Malatesta ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Nina Martell ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Helen McAllister ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Attendant (uncredited)
Rex Moore ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Jose Moreno ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Laura Morse ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Carioca Singer (uncredited)
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Caddy in Haiti (uncredited)
James Natio ...
Lackey (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Ted Oviat ...
Mechanic (uncredited)
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Hammerstein - the Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Manuel París ...
Man at Aviator's Club (uncredited)
A.J. Peters ...
Mechanic (uncredited)
Ernesto Piedra ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Patie Ramsdell ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Rice ...
Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Ruth Riley ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Antônio - Billboard Worker (uncredited)
Gladyce Roberts ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Richard Robles ...
Lackey (uncredited)
Sue Romaine ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Adrian Rosley ...
Hotel Atlântico Manager (uncredited)
Andrew Roud ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Victor Sabini ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Audry Savage ...
Dancer on Wing (uncredited)
Ruby jo Savage ...
Dancer on Wing (uncredited)
Harry Semels ...
Billboard Worker (uncredited)
Barbara Sheldon ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Carolynne Snowden ...
Dancer / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Jerome Storm ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Bob Tail ...
Singer (uncredited)
Eddie Tamblyn ...
Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Carol Tevis ...
Blindfolded Blonde (uncredited)
Connie Thomas ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Doris Toddings ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Alma Travers ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Lou Valenoi ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Joe Venuti ...
Violinist in Orchestra (uncredited)
Dick Webster ...
Band Member (uncredited)
Douglas Williams ...
Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
Howard Wilson ...
Yankee Clipper (uncredited)
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Hotel Hibuscus Maid (uncredited)
Dorothy Young ...
Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Thornton Freeland

Written by

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Cyril Hume ... (screen play) &
H.W. Hanemann ... (screen play) and
Erwin S. Gelsey ... (screen play) (as Erwin Gelsey)
 
Anne Caldwell ... (from a play by)
 
Lou Brock ... (based on an original story by)
 
Adele Comandini ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Joseph Fields ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Thomas Lennon ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Fred Niblo Jr. ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Gilberto Souto ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Harvey F. Thew ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
H. Reynolds ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Lou Brock ... associate producer
Merian C. Cooper ... executive producer

Music by

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Vincent Youmans

Cinematography by

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J. Roy Hunt ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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Jack Kitchin ... (edited by)

Art Direction by

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Carroll Clark
Van Nest Polglase

Costume Design by

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Walter Plunkett ... (costumes by)
Irene ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Mel Berns ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ray Romero ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Tillie Starriett ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Bert Gilroy ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lou Brock ... director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Harry D'Arcy ... assistant director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Bert Gilroy ... assistant director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Ben Holmes ... third unit director (uncredited)
Edward Killy ... assistant director (uncredited)
Ray Lissner ... assistant director (uncredited)
Wallace MacDonald ... assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Mark Sandrich ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Harry Cornbleth ... props (uncredited)
Ernie Thompson ... assistant propman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Philip Faulkner Jr. ... recordist (as P.J. Faulkner)
George Marsh ... sound cutter
Jack Beamish ... assistant recordist (uncredited)
Bob Hess ... boom operator (uncredited)
Paul F. Wiser ... recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Vernon L. Walker ... photographic effects (as Vern Walker)
Donald Jahraus ... miniatures (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Jr. ... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Sr. ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Lucien N. Andriot ... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Dick Deval ... background photographer (uncredited)
Kent Fox ... still photographer (uncredited)
Carl Lawrence ... best boy (uncredited)
Art Losey ... grip (uncredited)
John Miehle ... still photographer (uncredited)
H.A. Shelton ... assistant grip (uncredited)
Charles Stiner ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Wetzel ... second camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ethel Beach ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Homer Watson ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Herb Hirst ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Edward Eliscu ... lyrics by
Gus Kahn ... lyrics by
Max Steiner ... musical director
R.H. Bassett ... music arranger (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun ... music arranger (uncredited)
Eddie Sharpe ... music arranger (uncredited)
Murray Spivack ... music recordist (uncredited)
Max Steiner ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Dave Gould ... dance director
George Nichols Jr. ... associate director (as George Nicholls Jr.)
Earl Gordon ... pilot (uncredited)
Gloria Gottschalk ... script clerk (uncredited)
H.W. Hanemann ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Stanley Kramer ... production assistant (uncredited)
Garland Lincoln ... pilot (uncredited)
J.D. Lockhart ... stand-in: Gene Raymond (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey ... research director (uncredited)
Hermes Pan ... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Josefina Ramos ... stand-in: Dolores Del Rio (uncredited)
Jack Rand ... pilot (uncredited)
Gilberto Souto ... technician (uncredited)
Frank Tomick ... pilot (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Aviator and band leader Roger Bond is forever getting his group fired for flirting with the lady guests. When he falls for Brazilian beauty Belinha de Rezende it appears to be for real, even though she is already engaged. His Yankee Clippers band is hired to open the new Hotel Atlântico in Rio and Roger offers to fly Belinha part way home. After a mechanical breakdown and forced landing, Roger is confident and makes his move, but Belinha plays hard to get. She can't seem to decide between Roger and her fiance Júlio. When performing the airborne production number to mark the Hotel's opening, Júlio gets some intriguing ideas... Written by Gary Jackson

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Taglines A musical extravaganza staged in the clouds! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Carioca (France)
  • Volando hacia Río de Janeiro (Spain)
  • Volant cap a Río de Janeiro (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Karyoka (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Carioca (Netherlands)
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Runtime
  • 89 min
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Budget $462,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Originally conceived by RKO as a vehicle for Dolores del Rio, this film is most notable for its star-making pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. In supporting roles, the two relative unknowns smoked up the screen in a dance number called "The Carioca". It generated such a positive response form critics and fans that they were eventually reunited in nine subsequent films. See more »
Goofs Just after the flying sequence with the wing dancers there is a scene with characters sat on the terrace. The back projected image is to the wrong scale resulting in someone with an enormous head being next to the parapet. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Fabulous Musicals (1963). See more »
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Quotes Fred Ayres: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. This is really good news. Rog has outdone himself.
Honey Hale: I'll bet he's broken both legs running after two women at the same time.
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