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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.


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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


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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The convertible that Ricardo Montera (John Carroll) drives is a 1942 De Soto Custom with the unique for that era hidden headlights: "New Airfoil Lights - Out of Sight Except At Night". See more »


In the scene where Lou is on top of the car garage roof, a seam in the sky cyclorama can clearly be seen, even in long shot, and shadows of trees are also reflected on the "sky." See more »


'Doc': [Wishy's stuck in a hotel laundry machine that's running] Wishy, this is no time to take a bath!
'Wishy': [covered in suds and buffing with a towel] I think it is!
'Doc': This is not Saturday night!
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Featured in Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld (1994) See more »


Brazilian Dance
Written by Nilo Barnet
Danced by Eros Volusia and ensemble at the hotel
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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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