Flying Down to Rio

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Overview

The top-billed stars in the extravagant RKO musical Flying Down to Rio are Dolores Del Rio and Gene Raymond. Forget all that: this is the movie that first teamed Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. We're supposed to care about the romantic triangle between aviator/bandleader Raymond, Brazilian heiress Del Rio and her wealthy fiance Raul Roulien, but the moment Fred and Ginger dance to a minute's worth of "The Carioca," the film is theirs forever. Other musical highlights include Rogers' opening piece "Music Makes Me"...
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Overview

The top-billed stars in the extravagant RKO musical Flying Down to Rio are Dolores Del Rio and Gene Raymond. Forget all that: this is the movie that first teamed Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. We're supposed to care about the romantic triangle between aviator/bandleader Raymond, Brazilian heiress Del Rio and her wealthy fiance Raul Roulien, but the moment Fred and Ginger dance to a minute's worth of "The Carioca," the film is theirs forever. Other musical highlights include Rogers' opening piece "Music Makes Me" and tenor Roulien's lush rendition of "Orchids in the Moonlight." Then there's the title number. The plot has it that Del Rio' uncle has been prohibited from having a floor show at his lavish hotel because of a Rio city ordinance. Astaire and Raymond save the day by staging the climactic "Flying Down to Rio" number thousands of feet in the air, with hundreds of chorus girls shimmying and swaying while strapped to the wings of a fleet of airplanes. It is one of the most outrageously brilliant numbers in movie musical history, and one that never fails to incite a big round of applause from the audience--even audiences of the 1990s. Together with King Kong, Flying Down to Rio saved the fledgling RKO Radio studios from bankruptcy in 1933. The film was a smash everywhere it played, encouraging the studio to concoct future teamings of those two stalwart supporting players Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/1999
  • UPC: 053939610031
  • Original Release: 1933
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  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dolores Del Rio Belinha de Rezende
Gene Raymond Roger Bond
Raul Roulien Julio Rubeiro
Ginger Rogers Honey Hale
Fred Astaire Fred Ayres
Franklin Pangborn Hammersmith the Hotel Manager
Juan Duval
Barbara Sheldon
Carol Tevis
Douglas Williams
Alice Gentle Concert Singer
Blanche Frederici Dona Elena
Walter Walker Senor de Rezende
Etta Moten Black Singer
Roy D'Arcy Greek
Maurice Black A Greek
Armand Kaliz Greek
Paul Porcasi Mayor of Rio
Reginald Barlow Alfredo Vianna, Rio Banker
Eric Blore Assistant Manager
Luis Alberni Rio Casino Manager
Ray Cooke Banjo Player
Wallace MacDonald Airplane Pilot
Gino Corrado Messenger
Lucille Browne Belinda's Friend
Mary Kornman Belinha's Friend
Clarence Muse Caddy in Haiti
Harry Semels Sign Poster
Jack Rice Musician
Eddie Borden Musician
Maria [Movita] Castaneda Singer
Sidney Bracey Rodriguez the Chauffeur
Harry Bowen Airport Mechanic
Manuel Paris Man at Aviator's Club
Adrian Rosley Club Manager
Howard Wilson Yankee Clipper
Betty Furness Girl
Eddie Tamblyn Yankee Clipper
Alice Ardell Maid
Eddie Boland Airplane mechanic
Julian Rivero Billboard Worker
Pedro Regas Billboard Worker
Jack Good Yankee Clipper
Francisco Maran Waiter
Technical Credits
Thornton Freeland Director
Mel Berns Sr. Makeup
Lou Brock Producer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Merian C. Cooper Executive Producer
Edward Eliscu Songwriter
Erwin S. Gelsey Screenwriter
David Gould Choreography
H.W. Hanemann Screenwriter
Cyril Hume Screenwriter
Roy Hunt Cinematographer
Gus Kahn Score Composer, Songwriter
Jack Kitchin Editor
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Max Steiner Musical Direction/Supervision
Vincent Vouman Score Composer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Vincent Youmans Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    One Of My Favorites

    FLYING DOWN TO RIO is truly a pioneering musical made when such films were in the experimental stage. Many critics say that the movie is camp. Of course it is camp - but it is SO ENJOYABLE. Camp or not the movie is one of my favorites. Ginger and Fred look like they have been dancing together for ages. It is hard to tell that this is their debut as a team. Dolores Del Rio is beautiful. Gene Raymond is a real pro. The film has a huge cast with some great supporting actors such as Franklin Pangborn and Walter Walker. I recommend FLYING DOWN TO RIO without reservation - especially if you like old musicals.

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