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Rio Rita (1942)

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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S. Sylvan Simon

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Richard Connell (screenplay), Gladys Lehman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"SENORITA...I'M CRAZY with LOVE FOR YOU" -- BUD "HE'S CRAZY ALRIGHT...BUT I'm your DAISY" -- LOU (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Рио-Рита See more »

Filming Locations:

Hemet, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were under contract to Universal Pictures, and their films were so successful that MGM signed a three-film contract with them to take advantage of a clause in their Universal contract that allowed them to do one film a year for another company. This was the first one; Lost in a Harem (1944) and Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945) were the others. However, each of the films was less successful than the previous one, and MGM canceled its agreement with Universal after the third film. See more »

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Quotes

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Soundtracks

Long Before You Came Along
(1942)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by John Carroll (uncredited) from a recording, Kathryn Grayson (uncredited) and John Carroll (uncredited)
Played as background music
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Abbott & Costello at MGM
6 April 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Bud and Lou tangle with Nazi spies in Mexico. The Nazis are led by suave Tom Conway. This is a loose remake of a 1929 Wheeler and Woolsey picture. I haven't seen that and likely won't anytime soon since I don't care for Wheeler and Woolsey much. This is also the first of three movies A&C did for MGM. None of these were among their best movies and this is easily the least enjoyable of the three. Nice cast backing up the boys but far too much focus on the bland romance between Kathryn Grayson and John Carroll, a poor leading man I've never been a fan of. He uses a particularly laughable Latin accent here. Also too much singing! And it's that "opera-y" type singing, too. You know what I mean - deep bass from the guy and high soprano from the girl. Not my thing. As for the comedy, it's pretty by-the-numbers Abbott & Costello material. A few good lines and gags but nothing for the career highlight reel. The car spinning gag ("Push the button!") is probably the movie's best scene and that's in the first twenty minutes. For die-hard A&C fans or fans of Ms. Grayson's singing. Everybody else would be advised to find one of the many superior Abbott & Costello films to watch.


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