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Rio Rita 1942 [Remaster]


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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 (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VULIWY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,352 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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Good musical interludes as well.
emanuel aroney
Abbott and Costello have some classic comedies...and this is one of my favorites.
John
Now the complete-ist in me can rest easy...........
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Small on January 23, 2007
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b VINE VOICE on July 2, 2011
Format: DVD
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shyblader on October 22, 2003
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BILLY ANTIMISIARIS on September 3, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
RIO RITA
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 By The JuRK on 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 By Dr. James Gardner VINE VOICE on January 7, 2013
Format: DVD
"Rio Rita" is a 1942 musical comedy starring Abbott and Costello with Kathryn Grayson and John Carroll as the romantic leads. The 1929 musical comedy, based on the 1927 play of the same name, also takes place in Mexico, but has little in common with this film, although Kathryn Grayson appears in both.

This film is one of those rare comedies made about World War 2 (e.g., "To be or Not to Be", "The Great Dictator", "The Goose Steps Out", "Once Upon a Honeymoon"), although the use of "Nazi spies" is merely a convenience.

Bud Abbott (1895-1974) and Lou Costello (1906-59) were comedy giants for two decades, wowing the public on screen from 1940 to 1956 and on TV from 1951 to 1953. They were the true successors to Laurel and Hardy. "Buck Privates" was their second film, and the one that propelled them onto the A list. They followed this with nearly 40 films, the best of which were such classics as "Hold that Ghost" (1941) and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). The "A & C Meet..." films alone spawned 7 films. By the mid 50s the comedic style of Martin and Lewis gained the upper hand and personal disputes between the partners brought the comedy to an end. As they had eclipsed Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis stole their thunder, but even today one can't help but laugh at the gags.

The current film is standard fare for the boys. The slapstick and patter that you're accustomed to is on display, and Lou is a little more animated since this is 1942 and he was still in good shape.

The musical numbers are fine - both Grayson and Carroll were good singers and performers - and there is a Brazilian dance number that is better than average.

1942 was a good year in films - "Yankee Doddle Dandy" and "Mrs.
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