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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 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
Herbert Wiere Herbert Wiere ... One of the Wiere Brothers) (as The Wiere Brothers)
Harry Wiere Harry Wiere ... One of the Wiere Brothers (as The Wiere Brothers)
Sylvester Wiere Sylvester Wiere ... One of the Wiere Brothers (as The Wiere Brothers)
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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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Such Songs! Experience, But Beautiful, Apalachicola Fla., You Don't Have to Know the Language. (One-sheet poster). See more »


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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2nd-level "Road" is still pretty good
17 May 2019 | by skinnybertSee all my reviews

It's said the difference between drama and comedy is timing, and Rio tends to run about halfway in-between. In a theater full of people, it probably still works out just fine, but next to the other "Road" films, Rio doesn't have quite the same comedic snap. It isn't bad, just not done quite as zippy.

Paradoxically, Rio seems to have better acting: Gale Sondergaard is a great villain, Tor Johnson has a brief role, and Dorothy Lamour still fully charms us with her role (no mean feat, since she's supposed to be in a hypnotized daze much of the time). Sondergaard is pulled down by a couple of support actors who don't engage our sympathies or memories much. And if the story seems a little thin sometimes, well, it is.

But! Rio is still as good as any other Road film in terms of song-and-dance numbers. Of course the main attraction is Hope and Crosby, even when their relationship seems like it might be wearing thin (it wasn't, as "Road to Bali" proved the following year). Both have some outstanding moments -- Crosby's song with The Andrews Sisters would have to be on his personal highlights reel, and Hope is quite memorable in a Carmen Miranda getup.

Overall a just-decent picture with strong stars doing good performances. Worth checking out.


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