Rio Rita

  • 1942
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

MGM decided to do a remake of the 1929 RKO film, so the studio borrowed Abbott and Costello from Universal, fixed up the plot to fit in with war happenings, and hired a writer to think up some new gags for the boys. The sole intention was a sure-fire box-office hit. Excepting the presence of Abbott and Costello, the story is a routine outing in which Conway...read more

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MGM decided to do a remake of the 1929 RKO film, so the studio borrowed Abbott and Costello from Universal, fixed up the plot to fit in with war happenings, and hired a writer to think up some new gags for the boys. The sole intention was a sure-fire box-office hit. Excepting the

presence of Abbott and Costello, the story is a routine outing in which Conway plays a Nazi spy in the employ of hotel owner Grayson. Abbott and Costello aid Carroll in foiling the criminal scheme and provide a few original gags along the way--though they mostly get by with old faithfuls. Credit

director Simon with maintaining a fair level of suspense and injecting humor and music at just the right spots to move the picture along. Songs include: "Ranger's Song," "Rio Rita" (Joseph McCarthy, Harry Tierney), "Long Before You Came Along" (E.Y. Harburg, Harold Arlen), "Brazilian Dance" (Nilo

Barnet), "Ora O Conga" (Lacerdo).

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  • Review: MGM decided to do a remake of the 1929 RKO film, so the studio borrowed Abbott and Costello from Universal, fixed up the plot to fit in with war happenings, and hired a writer to think up some new gags for the boys. The sole intention was a sure-fire box-o… (more)

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