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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 from critics and fans that they were eventually reunited in nine subsequent films.
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Tosca Roulien, wife of cast member Raul Roulien, was hit by a car driven by John Huston and killed during production of this film.
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Standing outside a bakery shop in Rio, Ginger Rogers asks, "Oh, Freddie, how do you ask for little tarts in Portuguese?" Fred Astaire replies, "Don't heckle me, try the Culbertson System." This pre-Code, double entendre joke would have been funny to Depression-era audiences, for whom bridge was a common pastime. Ely Culbertson was a champion bridge player and worldwide celebrity who had won several international tournaments by developing a rather aggressive bidding system for contract bridge. He was also notorious for his sexual exploits. His 1940 autobiography would be banned in many countries In the 1930's, the word "tart" was equivalent to "slut" or "whore." Also, in the opening inspection of hotel staff, the boss sees a maid whose shoe heels are oddly beveled and says he will not tolerate that sort of thing. A "round-heeled woman" was 1930s slang for a prostitute, a woman who could tilt from standing to on her back with ease.
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In the "Flying Down to Rio" musical number, many of the girls on the airplane wings are wearing see-through tops. The Hays code, introduced in 1930, was not enforced until 1934.
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The role of Honey Hale was to be played by Dorothy Jordan, but she dropped out to marry the film's producer, Merian C. Cooper; the role was then given to Ginger Rogers. Source - Ginger: My Story.
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Despite his obvious on-screen chemistry in dancing with Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire was reluctant to make a second movie with her. He had previously been part of a dance duo with his sister, Adele Astaire, but wanted to establish himself as a solo dancer. After Flying Down to Rio (1933), Astaire sent a note to his agent about Rogers. "I don't mind making another picture with her, but as for this team idea, it's out! I've just managed to live down one partnership and I don't want to be bothered with any more." But when the critics praised the Astaire-Rogers pairing in "Rio," Astaire was persuaded, and he and Rogers soon made the second film in their partnership, The Gay Divorcee (1934).
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The first (of ten) dancing partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
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In the original prints, the "Orchids in the Moonlight" number was color tinted.
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Joel McCrea was originally slated for the role of Roger Bond.
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The airplane that the character Roger Bond flies is a Monocoupe 90, designed in 1930 by Don Luscombe. It was capable of speeds of up to 100 knots (115 MPH - a very high-performance airplane for its day), but in no way could it reach Haiti from Miami without many fuel stops along the way -- if at all.
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Helen Broderick was replaced by Blanche Friderici before shooting began, after Broderick was cast in the Broadway revue "As Thousands Cheer".
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The seaplane at the end of the movie is a Sikorsky S-40, four-engine flying boat, possibly Pan American Airways "Southern Clipper" (NC752V).
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