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Road to Rio (1947)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Musical | 25 December 1947 (USA)
Two inept vaudevillians stow away on a Brazilian-bound ocean liner and foil a plot by a sinister hypnotist to marry off her niece to a greedy fortune hunter.

Director:

Norman Z. McLeod

Writers:

Edmund Beloin (original story), Jack Rose (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Scat Sweeney
Bob Hope ... Hot Lips Barton
Dorothy Lamour ... Lucia Maria de Andrade
Gale Sondergaard ... Catherine Vail
Frank Faylen ... Trigger
Joseph Vitale ... Tony
George Meeker ... Sherman Mallory
Frank Puglia ... Rodrigues
Nestor Paiva ... Cardoso
Robert Barrat ... Johnson
Stanley Andrews ... Capt. Harmon
Harry Woods ... Ship's Purser
The Wiere Brothers The Wiere Brothers ... Three Musicians
The Andrews Sisters ... Andrews Sisters
Jerry Colonna ... Colonna
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Storyline

Scat Sweeney, and Hot Lips Barton, two out of work musicians, stow away on board a Rio bound ship, after accidentally setting fire to the big top of a circus. They then get mixed up with a potential suicide Lucia, who first thanks them, then unexpectedly turns them over to the ship's captain. When they find out that she has been hypnotized, to go through a marriage of convenience, when the ship reaches Rio, the boys turn up at the ceremony, in order to stop the wedding, and to help catch the crooks. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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A fiesta of fun!...ON THE MERRIEST ROAD OF ALL! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Rio See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,500,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

Throughout the film Frank Faylen's character is called "Harry" but on the closing credits he's listed as portraying "Trigger". See more »

Quotes

Hot Lips Barton: [Looking at the bicycle on the high wire he has to ride] You want me want me to ride that thing?
Scat Sweeney: Why not?
Hot Lips Barton: Up in the stratosphere?
Scat Sweeney: Oh, you
[mumbles]
Scat Sweeney: ...
Hot Lips Barton: Who do you think I am - Mr. Jordan?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits begin with the names of the stars (and their legs) doing a dance, with the rest of the credits swaying in time with the music. See more »

Connections

Featured in American Masters: This Is Bob Hope... (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

BATUQUE NIO MORRO
[Jam Session in the Hills]
Written by Russo de Pandeiro and Sa Roris
Performed and Danced by Harry Wiere, Herbert Wiere and Sylvester Wiere
Also danced by Albert Ruiz, Laura Corbay, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
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just "Road to Rio"
2 April 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope,Bing Crosby. and an old fashion musical in clothes of commedy. seductive, exotic, nice, hilarious, romantic and slice of an age of Hollywood in which the entertainment was more than a superficial duty. sure, for our time, clear expression of naivety. but the truth remains in the "Road to Rio" area. one of motifs - it has an easy but smart story, the Wiere Brothers in adorable performances and, sure, Gale Sondergaard as the perfect evil woman from a glorious tradition. so, just "Road to Rio".


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