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  • Actors: Dolores del Rio, Gene Raymond, Raul Roulien, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire
  • Directors: Thornton Freeland
  • Writers: Adele Comandini, Anne Caldwell, Cyril Hume, Erwin S. Gelsey, Fred Niblo Jr.
  • Format: Full Screen, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SXT2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flying Down To Rio" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Vintage comedy "Short Beer and Pretzels" with Ted Healy and His Stooges
  • Classic cartoon "I Like Mountain Music"
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Carefree When a marriage-shy girl falls in love with her psychoanalyst, the result is one of the wittiest, most enjoyable of all the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers classics! Add great dance numbers, Rogers' deft comic timing, and a score by the legendary Irving Berlin, and you have a true film treasure. The story revolves around the fickle Amanda Cooper (Rogers) who has postponed her wedding so often that her fianci (Ralph Bellamy) sends her best friend Tony Flagg (Astaire), a psychoanalyst, to treat her. In spite of hypnosis and assorted other wacky attempts at remedies, Amanda falls in love with Tony, and the rest is musical-comedy history. The dance numbers, choreographed by Astaire and Hermes Pan, a dazzling beyond belief particularly Astaire's astonishing golf-routine!

Customer Reviews

I love the music, I think the story is typically corny, but the dancing and singing is great.
I highly recommend this film for fans of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers especially since this was their first film together.
Matthew G. Sherwin
FLYING DOWN TO RIO is truly a pioneering musical made when such films were in the experimental stage.
Peter Kenney

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 4, 2006
"Can't sing. Can't act. Balding. Can dance a little." Hollywood legend has it that that was the report on Fred Astaire's initial RKO screen test. Not a very auspicious start for a stage dancer trying to get a foot in the door of Hollywood. His movie debut was in a 1933 MGM movie titled "Dancing Lady", wherein Fred had a fleeting cameo as himself. But it was later on in the same year that Fred really made the movie audience sit up and pay attention, when he got fifth-billing in RKO's "Flying Down to Rio."

The plot focus is mainly on the inconsequential love triangle of Dolores del Rio, Gene Raymond and Brazilian tenor Raul Roulien and it takes place in Rio de Janeiro. Roger Bond (Raymond) is an aviator/band leader who falls hard for Belinha (del Rio), only to find out she's engaged to his good buddy, Julio (Roulien)... This was just supposed to be yet another musical-comedy done by the numbers in a style prevalent to the times. But in the greater scope of things, the lead romance takes backstage to the real relevance of this film: the first ever team-up of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (the fourth-billed on the roster). On a personal level, this movie also has one of my favorite one-liners: "What have these South Americans got below the equator that we haven't?"

Fred Astaire - back in his Broadway stage days, and partnered with his sister Adele - used to specialize in playing the musically gifted, nice all-American fella with no girl to romance (he certainly couldn't romance his sister) and he carries that role over to this film. He plays Fred Ayres, sidekick and wingman to Raymond's Roger Bond, who does all the heavy load of skirt-chasing. Fred has a relationship with Ginger's Honey Hayes, but it seems to be strictly grounded in friendship, though flirting occurs.
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Flying Down To Rio featured the great Delores Del Rio as Belinha De Rezende, a wealthy Brazilian young lady who must enter into an arranged marriage; and Gene Raymond playing Roger Bond, an American band manager who falls in love with her practically at first sight. RKO intended for Flying Down To Rio to be a vehicle for Gene Raymond and Delores Del Rio. Rather unexpectedly, however, two other people stole the show: Fred Astaire as Fred Ayres, the band's accordionist and Ginger Rogers as Honey Hale. Audiences were very impressed and never forgot them; Fred and Ginger continued to make great movies together for quite some while to come.

But I am getting ahead of myself--by about several reviews or so! In Flying Down To Rio you get an American band rather used to being out of work run by ladies' man Roger Bond; a crooked Greek syndicate; an aerial flying show with dancing girls on the wings of the airplanes, new found love on a supposedly deserted island that turns out to be Haiti; the biggest and best Carioca dance scene you ever did see; and a stuffy old aunt looking after Belinha to make sure she enters into that not so perfectly arranged marriage. So, you may ask, how do these all fit together? Well, this is a 1930s musical designed to distract Americans from the Great Depression, so the answer is easy: they DON'T always fit together well. The plot resembles a buffet where you get a little bit of a lot; and certainly not all of the characters have depth to them here. Gene Raymond injects a lot of effort to act rather convincingly as Roger Bond who is deeply in love with Belinha De Rezende; and Delores Del Rio plays Belinha beautifully.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Lim on October 27, 2006
Format: DVD
Their first film together, this is the only Fred and Ginger (F&G) movie where they play supporting roles. The studio executives and the public did not yet know this couple's dance potential and powerhouse future. They only dance together once 43 minutes into the film (The Carioca). The movie is filled with several post-card quality shots of Rio de Janeiro and has more choreographed group dance routines and vocalists than you can shake a stick at. My favorite is all those girls dancing on biplanes while in flight, which is very creative. The romantic plot of the main characters, Belhina De Rezende (Dolores del Rio) and Roger Bond (Gene Raymond) and the subplot of the Greek investors are a little light but still held my interest.

The vintage short "Beer and Pretzels" is a very early three stooges short with Ted Healy still with the comedy team. The slapping-of-the-face sound effects have not yet even entered the soundtrack. Just like F&G in Rio, Moe, Larry and Curly are in supporting roles. The four men cause havoc as waiters in a high class restaurant. Most of this short consists of song and dance routines of people I have never heard of. (1933 Run time 20:33)

In the classic cartoon "I Like Mountain Music" the characters in a department store come to life and perform. Most of them jump out from magazine and book covers and are caricatures of personalities popular at the time. (1933 B&W Run time 6:59)

Theatrical Trailer (Run Time 1:29)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Farkas on January 29, 2007
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Audiences wanted escapism then and boy did they get it! This film is far more surreal than anything coming out of Hollywood now. In fact, modern viewers accustomed only to contemporary films would be almost disoriented watching this, because we can't seem to bend reality to quite the same degree now.

A fun artificial dream world (and a dream Brazil) were joyfully created here with the purpose of removing the viewer from the real world. This film is a wonderful warm hallucination, not unlike a drug experience.

There is SO much here! The famous "pre-code" scene with the women bound to the airplane wings and going through their dance routines is kinky and over the top even by today's standards, and worth the price of the movie.

This is the most unique of the Fred and Ginger movies and one of the most unique films of all time. Later Astaire/Rogers films became a bit more formulaic. With this crazy film, you hardly know what's going to happen next!

I like this movie for its music too. With DVD, you can immediately get to the musical parts. To me the "Carioca" number can be played as a 1930's music video- and does it blow MTV and VH1 away!

Get this film, and enjoy something different!
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