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Road to Rio Details

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Road to Rio was the first of three "Road" pictures jointly produced by stars Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. On the run from the law again, musicians Bob and Bing stow away on an ocean liner. They try to come to the rescue of heiress Dorothy Lamour, who is doomed to an arranged marriage to caddish George Meeker. All gratitude and effusions for their assistance, Dorothy surprises Bob and Bing on their next meeting by slapping them in their faces and declaring "I hate you! I loathe you! I despise you!" The explanation? Dorothy is being hypnotized by her scheming aunt Gale Sondergaard, who has set up the marriage for mysterious mercenary reasons of her own. When Dorothy is "herself" again, Bob and Bing smuggle her off the ship and into their Rio de Janeiro hotel room. The boys plan to save Dorothy from her unwanted marriage by passing her off as a nightclub singer, and themselves as band leaders. Trouble is, they have no band. Enter the Wiere Brothers, three Rio street entertainers. Bob and Bing hire the threesome on the spot, unmindful that they have booked themselves into Nestor Paiva's nightclub on the promise that they're delivering an American band. Since the Wieres speak only Portuguese, Bing teaches each brother an American phrase by rote: "You're in the groove, Jackson", "You're Telling Me," and "This is Murder." Naturally, it isn't long before the boys' ruse is discovered, and this coupled with the newly hypnotized Lamour's threats to have Bob and Bing arrested, leaves our heroes broke and stranded once more. Still, they pose a menace to Sondergaard, thus she contrives a method of disposing of them. Hypnotizing them both, Sondergaard orders Bob and Bing to kill each other. They snap out of the spell just in time, but still there's the problem of rescuing Dorothy. And now there's a new angle: mysterious stranger Frank Puglia informs the boys that the only way to stop the wedding is to retrieve (pause; a furtive glance left; a furtive glance right) "The Papers." Said papers are in the possession of Sondergaard, obliging Bob and Bing to show up at the pre-nuptial festival in disguise (with Bob in drag). Managing to hypnotize Sondergaard's henchmen Frank Faylen and Joseph Vitale, Bob and Bing uncover the precious Papers, and Dorothy is saved. But how can those papers stop a wedding? We won't give away the surprise, nor will we tell you whether Dorothy ends up with Bob or Bing, nor even what the heck Jerry Colonna is doing in the picture leading a cavalry charge. Not the best of the "Road" pictures, Road to Rio is nonetheless one of the most memorable--and quotable (how many of your high school pals used to confound the teacher by declaring "You're in the groove, Jackson"?) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1947

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Emmett Dolan Best Score - Musical 1947 Nominee

Cast

Bing Crosby
as Scat Sweeney
Bob Hope
as Hot Lips Burton
Dorothy Lamour
as Lucia Maria de Andrade
Gale Sondergaard
as Catherine Vail
Frank Faylen
as Trigger
Frank Puglia
as Rodrigues
Nestor Paiva
as Cardoso
Jerry Colonna
as Cavalry Captain
Brandon Hurst
as Barker
Ralph Gomez
Charles B. Middleton
as Farmer
Al Bridge
as Ship's Officer
Stanley Andrews
as Captain Harmon
Stanley Blystone
as Assistant Purser
George Chandler
as Valet
Gino Corrado
as Barber
Ralph Dunn
as Barker
Tor Johnson
as Samson
Donald Kerr
as Steward
George Lloyd
as Butcher
Babe London
as Woman
George Meeker
as Sherman Malley
John Miller
as Dancer
Paul Newlan
as Butcher
Patsy O'Byrne
as Charwoman
Albert Ruiz
as Specialty dancer
George Sorel
as Prefeito
Ray Teal
as Buck
Harry Woods
as Ship's Purser
Duke York
as Roustabout
Fred Zendar
as Stevedore
Maxene Andrews
Frank S. Hagney
as Roustabout
Duke York
as Roustabout
Babe London
as Woman
Frank S. Hagney
as Roustabout
George Chandler
as Valet
John Miller
as Dancer
Tor Johnson
as Samson
Gino Corrado
as Barber
Albert Ruiz
as Specialty dancer
George Lloyd
as Butcher
Charles B. Middleton
as Farmer
Fred Zendar
as Stevedore
Ray Teal
as Buck
Paul Newlan
as Butcher
Al Bridge
as Ship's Officer
Harry Woods
as Ship's Purser
Patsy O'Byrne
as Charwoman
Ralph Dunn
as Barker
Stanley Andrews
as Captain Harmon
Brandon Hurst
as Barker
George Sorel
as Prefeito
Stanley Blystone
as Assistant Purser
George Meeker
as Sherman Malley
Donald Kerr
as Steward

Crew

Norman Z. McLeod
Director
Daniel Dare
Producer
Jack Rose
Screenwriter
Ernest Laszlo
Cinematographer
Jimmy Van Heusen
Songwriter
Bob Russell
Songwriter
Ary Barroso
Songwriter
Robert Emmett Dolan
Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Emmett Dolan
Composer (Music Score)
Ellsworth Hoagland
Editor
Earl Hedrick
Art Director
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Ray Moyer
Set Designer
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
Oscar Rudolph
First Assistant Director
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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