60980-9 Road To Rio
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod
Released on February 19, 1948
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B ingomyth 19.48: RIO DE DINHEIRO. Another box-office bonanza for Bob, Bing and the babe, the fifth time they went out on the road and by most accounts one of the funniest. Directed by Norman Z. McLeod (Monkey Business, Horse Feathers), Rio is a fast-paced slapstick comedy with the usual clever banter and musical bits in between. The resemblance to the Marx Brothers is no doubt intentional and welcomed, down to the very clever copycats of The Wiere Brothers, who nearly hijack the film at the halfway mark. The plot finds the two traveling Romeos on the lam, joining the circus for one fateful performance, then off to Brazil as cruise ship stowaways (sound familiar?) where they meet the troubled Lamour about to take a long dive off a short pier. Gale Sondergaard co-stars as the conniving Aunt, Frank Faylen and Joseph Vitale as her (mostly) loyal henchmen. The plot thickens as the boys discover that Lamour is under the (mind) control of her Aunt and being married off against her will. The songs are again written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke, including a real gem in the Andrew Sisters collaboration “You Don’t Have To Know The Language.” Of course, everything turns out well in the end, and Hope gets the girl for a change (or a locket and change anyway). While Hope, Crosby and Lamour are the undisputed stars, the very visible Wiere Brothers and invisible but enormously influential costume designer Edith Head are co-stars in every sense. Road To Rio is well done from beginning to end, and remains one of the best entries in a memorable series.

SONGS FEATURED IN THE MOVIE

  1. APALACHICOLA, FLA.
  2. BUT BEAUTIFUL
  3. YOU DON'T HAVE TO KNOW THE LANGUAGE
  4. DIZ QUE TEM
  5. EXPERIENCE
  6. FOR WHAT?

CREDITS

BING CROSBY --
BOB HOPE --
DOROTHY LAMOUR --
The Andrews Sisters --
Marquita Rivera --
The Wiere Brothers --

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US   Brentwood DVD 60980-9  

 

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