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Rio Rita (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Musical | April 1942 (USA)
Doc and Wishey run into some Nazi-agents, who want to smuggle bombs into the USA from a Mexican border hotel.

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Richard Connell (screenplay), Gladys Lehman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... 'Doc'
Lou Costello ... 'Wishy' Dunne
Kathryn Grayson ... Rita Winslow
John Carroll ... Ricardo Montera
Patricia Dane ... Lucette Brunswick
Tom Conway ... Maurice Craindall
Peter Whitney ... Jake
Barry Nelson ... Harry Gantley
Arthur Space ... Trask
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Gus
Eva Puig Eva Puig ... Marianna
Joan Valerie ... Dotty
Mitchell Lewis ... Julio aka Pete
Eros Volusia Eros Volusia ... Eros Volusia
Eros Volusia Brazilian Dancers Eros Volusia Brazilian Dancers ... Eros Volusia Brazilian Dancers
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After being fired from their jobs as clerks in a pet store, Doc and Wishey, a couple of bumpkins, hide in the trunk of a car that they think will take them to New York. Somehow, however, they end up in Texas where they help to facilitate the romance of a popular Latin singer and the owner of a resort hotel while exposing a gang of Fifth-Columnists. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Trivia

Some modern credits erroneously list the song "Long Before You Came Along" as appearing in the 1929 version. It was written for the 1942 version. See more »

Goofs

Lou gets thrown from the washing machine. But when he gets up from the table, his hair and clothes are completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Ricardo Montera: It's a code.
'Wishy': I don't think so. It's pretty hot in here.
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Such Unusual Weather
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Written for the movie but not used
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Rio Rita (1944) **1/2
16 May 2011 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Abbott and Costello were huge stars over at Universal Studios during this time, and this was the first time they made a movie for another studio (MGM) during their peak years. The results are quite good as far as the comical shenanigans of A&C are concerned -- they engage in some pretty laughable situations and were really spot-on at their game here, having energetic fun; I wonder if they were trying harder to show that they could be just as good for a rival studio other than their own? But unfortunately it isn't all roses. MGM was noted for their musicals, and there is a lot of singing trickled about here -- though unlike some of the more upbeat ditties from the Andrews Sisters in the Universal movies, these interludes are cringe-worthy. I mean there's some downright AWFUL singing to be endured in RIO RITA. The worst is a lengthy cadenza performed by one of the lead ladies. Just brutal. Too bad, as this could have been a good solid vehicle for Bud and Lou. **1/2 out of ****


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Country:

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Release Date:

April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Рио-Рита See more »

Filming Locations:

Hemet, California, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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