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Flying Down to Rio (1933)

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An aviator and band leader who is always getting his group fired for his flirtatious behavior with the female guests soon finds himself falling for an engaged woman.

Director:

Thornton Freeland

Writers:

Cyril Hume (screen play), H.W. Hanemann (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dolores del Rio ... Belinha De Rezende (as Dolores Del Rio)
Gene Raymond ... Roger Bond
Raul Roulien ... Julio Rubeiro
Ginger Rogers ... Honey Hale
Fred Astaire ... Fred Ayres
Blanche Friderici ... Dona Elena De Rezende
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Senor De Rezende
Etta Moten Etta Moten ... The Colored Singer
Roy D'Arcy ... One of the Three Greeks
Maurice Black ... One of the Three Greeks
Armand Kaliz ... One of the Three Greeks
Paul Porcasi ... The Mayor
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... The Banker
Eric Blore ... The Head Waiter
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Storyline

Aviator and band leader Roger Bond is forever getting his group fired for flirting with the lady guests. When he falls for Brazilian beauty Belinha de Rezende it appears to be for real, even though she is already engaged. His Yankee Clippers band is hired to open the new Hotel Atlântico in Rio and Roger offers to fly Belinha part way home. After a mechanical breakdown and forced landing, Roger is confident and makes his move, but Belinha plays hard to get. She can't seem to decide between Roger and her fiance Júlio. When performing the airborne production number to mark the Hotel's opening, Júlio gets some intriguing ideas... Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Too big for the world... So they staged it in the clouds... Too beautiful for words... So they set it to music! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

29 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carioca See more »

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Budget:

$462,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

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Although it's supposed to be in flight, one of the planes in the big wing-walker sequence has a bad matte effect at the bottom of its wheels and visible tie down wires attached to its tail. The same mistake can be seen on the plane in at least three shots. See more »

Quotes

Belinha De Rezende: You know I'd never do anything to hurt Julio. Don't you? But, darling, may I have just a little fun, before I settle down and starting having those thousands of children?
Dona Elena De Rezende: Belinha!
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Soundtracks

Carioca
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Edward Eliscu
Song performed by Alice Gentle, Movita and Etta Moten
Dance performed by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, chorus
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The Aviator
3 March 2007 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Howard Hughes, oh how we needed you.

From other sources you will have learned that this is pretty sexy stuff in terms of transparent clothes; not a bra on the hundreds of candidates. And the original dirty dancing before it was outlawed, and that crack about what Brazilian women have "below the equator." Also, you will have heard about this being the first Astaire-Rogers pairing.

You may not have heard of one of the most racially respectful scenes I know from the era: a couple land on a supposedly deserted island and the woman is frightened by what she thinks are natives. Turns out one comes out of the woods. He's playing golf and while shirtless (in order to make the joke work) speaks English normally and carries himself like a regular man. Its the reverse joke of what you'd usually see in bugeyed stepinfetchits.

But what I find fascinating is the way sex, romance, money and music are all somehow related to aviation. Our hero, we are told is heir to a fortune if only he would give up his music and planes. But it is plain that he does it because of the women. And by that we know he means sex, only sex. We first see him as he climbs out of his plane, which has a piano stuffed in it. Now think about that a minute.

This is what technology meant in those days: adventure, charm, bodily pleasure. And its what the sort of music we see in films was supposed to imply as well. If you do not see this, let me describe the climax. Scores of scantily clad women are strapped to what looks like a dozen small planes to perform choreographically as best you can when bolted down. Every shot you can take of a woman's body is presented, along with a wingload of errant nipples. I can just imagine the smiles when they thought it up.

There's something else to watch for. This has the most elaborate transitions I believe I have seen for any film. They really are amazingly varied and so copious they are as much a feature as Fred's dancing.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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