Flying down to Rio: Hollywood, Tourists, and Yankee Clippers

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"In this book, author Rosalie Schwartz uses the 1933 RKO-Radio Pictures production Flying Down to Rio as a point of departure from which to examine the interplay of technology and popular culture that shaped a distinctive twentieth-century sensibility. The musical comedy connected airplanes, movies, and tourism, ending spectacularly with chorus girls dancing on the wings of airplanes high above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil." Flying Down to Rio: Hollywood, Tourists, and Yankee Clippers shows the close connection between commerce, aviation, film, and empire. By the end of the twentieth century, reality caught up with and surpassed imagination. Aviation, movies, and mass tourism had become powerful global industries, contributing to an internationally connected, entertainment-oriented culture. What was once unthinkable had now become expected.
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Editorial Reviews

HAHR richly textured a journey as is its namesake reflects great enthusiasm and intellectual creativity and will appeal to both popular and scholarly audiences.
Colin M. MacLachlan

This book seems to hit virtually every thing of note in the crucial period of modern entertainment and aviation . . . a wonderful tapestry of technology, war, popular culture and social change. . . . an enjoyable read, while providing insights useful to the scholar as well as the general reader . . . history as it ought to be, but seldom is in reality. She has fused imagination, humor, has an eye for attractive detail, and is a skilled writer and historian. . . . It sets a new standard that places aviation history within a very insightful context and ties together a whole range of elements from tourism, popular culture, social change, evolving appreciation for the potential of aviation, politics, etc.--Colin M. MacLachlan, John Christie Barr Distinguished Professor of History, Tulane University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585443826
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Centennial of Flight Series, #10
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ROSALIE SCHWARTZ lives and writes in San Diego, California. Two of her previous books, Pleasure Island: Tourism and Temptation in Cuba and Lawless Liberators: Political Banditry and Cuban Independence, have won the Hubert Herring Award for best publications on Latin American history.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : an entertainment century 3
Ch. 1 Reflections on wonderlands 21
Ch. 2 Inventors and entertainers : aviation 75
Ch. 3 Inventors and entertainers : movies 131
Ch. 4 Surmountable contradictions 181
Ch. 5 Lines in the sky 221
Ch. 6 PAA and RKO : the Rio connection 259
Ch. 7 Musical fantasies, political realities 303
Epilogue : movies, airplanes, and touristic urges 343
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