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Rio Rita 1942 [Remaster] (1942)

Bud Abbott , Lou Costello , S. Sylvan Simon  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Kathryn Grayson, John Carroll, Patricia Dane
  • Directors: S. Sylvan Simon
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

It's fiesta time in Vista Del Rio, and that means much musical celebration. It's also a time of global war. So, in the updated plot of this exuberant World War II-era remake of the 1929 Wheeler and Woolsey romp, that means little Vista Del Rio is a jalapen?o hotbed of Axis spies. The agents intend to use a fiesta radio show to send a coded message, a scheme that may be scrambled silly when stumblebums Doc and Wishy stumble onto it. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello play the inept duo in this musical comedy that - from riffing on the word "pekinese" to Lou's hunger-fueled food mirage (tastes like chicken!) to his loopy spin within an oversized washing machine - has the famed funnymen fracturing any situation into goofy glee. Enjoy!

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of A&C's best! January 23, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
For what it's worth, "Rio Rita" (1942) is actually the first of Abbott and Costello's three films for MGM, while "Abbott And Costello In Hollywood" (1945) is the last. (The second was 1944's "Lost In A Harem.") All three are quite good - in some ways better than the more famous films the duo made for Universal - and well worth a look by anyone whose idea of GOOD comedy is something more substantial than Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell, whose popularity will forever be a source of mystery to me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rio Rio!!! October 22, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Great Classic A&C film. The best Abbott & Costello film i've seen since "Time Of Their Lives." This is funny from beginning to end. Some really hysterical routines in this one. Highly recommend to any old time comedy fans and Abbott & Costello films. Great, Great film!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
To help put some skeptics at ease, these releases by Warner Archives are official releases regardless of their DVD-R format. For the most part they are no frills(maybe a trailer)with pretty decent picture and sound(certainly better than most have ever seen in any format), but not state of the art quality. This particular release is not as bright as I would have hoped but it will do.

This is sort of a holly grail for A&C complete-ist along with A&C meet Captain Kidd(also released by Warner Archives). I have had problems with certain titles in the past that were DVD-R, but Warner will send replacement for defective discs. Their policy changes frequently and sometimes they will send you a replacement without returning the item and others times they have you send the disc back and they will reimburse you for shipping charges. It's a bit of a pain in the A $$, but if you want these films in your library, then its a risk you'll have to take.

The films are expensive, but Warner has us over a barrel. They do run sales now and then, so you can buy them cheaper then 19.99 if you can hold out.

The movie is a fun A&C adventure, with Bud and Lou in great form, but once again I could have done without a couple of song and dance numbers. The film is an hour and thirty minutes long with Bud and Lou doing their usual routines, so the songs can get a bit tedious.

I had problems with my copy of Rio Rita and had to send for a replacement two times before receiving a copy that would work. I'm glad I was able to obtain a copy of this film because it was the only one I didn't have on DVD. Now the complete-ist in me can rest easy...........
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE TEAM'S BEST FILMS September 3, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Release Date: April 1942

Directed by:
S. Sylvan Simon

Writing credits:
Richard Connell (screenplay) and
Gladys Lehman (screenplay)
John Grant (special material for A & C)

Cast (in credits order):
Bud Abbott........Doc
Lou Costello......Wishy Dunn
Kathryn Grayson...Rita Winslow
John Carroll......Ricardo Montera
Patricia Dane.....Lucette Brunswick
Tom Conway........Maurice Craindall
Peter Whitney.....Jake
Barry Nelson......Harry Gantley (hotel announcer)
Arthur Space......Trask
Dick Rich.........Gus
Eva Puig..........Marianna (Rita's maid)
Joan Valerie......Dotty
Mitchell Lewis....Julio (Credits)/Pete, the Mechanic
Eros Volusia......Herself (dancer)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eros Volusia Brazilian Dancers....Themselves
King Baggott....Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Janet Barrett...Woman (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Vangie Beilby...Club woman (uncredited)
Robert Bradford...Whistling solo (uncredited)
Diane Brook.....Woman (uncredited)(unconfirmed)
Ruth Cherrington..Club woman (uncredited)
Mina Farragut...Woman (uncredited)(unconfirmed)
Nano Galindo.....Soloist in "The Ranger's Song" (uncredited)
Alfred Garmo.....Soloist in "The Ranger's Song" (uncredited)
Dorthory Gilmore...Woman (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes.....Soloist in "The Ranger's Song" (uncredited)
Eleanore Kallejian.....Woman (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Jennie Mac.........Club woman (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack...........Fiesta guest (uncredited)
Anita Maisnik.........Woman (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Mary Manners..........
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bud & Lou I Remember January 22, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I'm going to go ahead and give this video five stars because I have a lot of fond memories of watching it, even though I'm not that wild about the musical numbers.
What I do love about this film is the sheer energy and fun of Abbott & Costello's early efforts. Most of the movies I see rerun on the classic film channels are the duo's later films and are pretty flat. In this one, they blow in like the life of the party and race through routines that makes you feel like they're trying to fit in as much as they can.
The slapstick is cartoonishly funny and the verbal bits are fun ("You're not here! You're not in Philadelphia, you're not in Baltimore, so you must be someplace and, if you're someplace else, then you're not here!").
I love this stuff and I'm glad I ordered the tape.
Great for Abbott & Costello fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF ABBOTT & COSTELLO' S BEST FEATURES September 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The comdey duo is REUINTED with dircetor S. Sylvan Simon, who directed their earlier feature "ABBOTT & COSTELLO IN HOLLYWOOD". This film is a REMAKE of the 1929 film which starred the then popular comedy team Wheeler & Woosley. In this A & C feature the Nazis invade the Western ranch where the team works. Some good songs ACTUALLY help this film's ZANY plot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good disc.
Published 19 days ago by D. Michael Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all is great
Published 1 month ago by Armond Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie...funny
Published 1 month ago by wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I like any movies of Katherine.
Published 2 months ago by PFH82
To help put some skeptics at ease, these releases by Warner Archives are official releases regardless of their DVD-R format. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DR SHOCK
5.0 out of 5 stars Dat Car Spinner
As an Abbott n Costello fan,
i thoroughly enjoyed the quirky movie with its songs n' the boys' routines. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jewtzilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love A & C....
Bought this to fill out my collection. Quality is excellent, plays beautifully, This one should have been part of of the best of A & C series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ronald Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic A&B movie
Not one of there best; but still worth watching. DVD audio and video quality is acceptable - no complaints here.
Published 8 months ago by DB
2.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF A&C'S WORST
A really bad film for the Boys even with Kathryn Grayson can't save this one!!! Move on and watch their others!!!
Published 12 months ago by AZRIFLEMAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Burritos forTwo
Another average Abbott and Costello adventure. But being made during Wold War II, token Nazi spies are added to chase the inept pair.
Published 14 months ago by Pete N. Austira
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