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Road to Rio

4.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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Two inept vaudevillians (Bing Crosby, Bob Hope) stow away on a Brazilian-bound ocean liner and foil a plot by a sinister hypnotist to marry off her niece to a greedy fortune hunter.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Gale Sondergaard, Frank Faylen
  • Directors: Norman Z. McLeod
  • Writers: Barney Dean, Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose
  • Producers: Daniel Dare
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YS6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,960 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Road to Rio" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
This has always been my favorite film in my favorite film series. And I agree with the other reviews here that the Brentwood DVD boasts a nice crisp print, courtesy of the UCLA Film Archives. However, there is one inexplicable mistake in the video transfer. Movies such as this that predate widescreen format generally fit neatly into a standard TV picture frame with only minimal clipping on all sides. But "letterboxing" is not just for wide-screen movies. In the better DVD and video versions of pre-widescreen movies the opening credits are often letterboxed on all four sides so that the viewer can see the entire frame without the names being clipped off at the beginning or end (hence the word "letterbox").
Such is the case with this version of Road to Rio. There is a 4-sided letterbox around the opening credits, but the frame of the film is not adjusted to fit inside the letterbox! So instead of allowing us to see the entire frame, the letterboxing here actually masks a large portion of the picture. (This is really unfortunate because the opening credits are quite clever, with the names of the stars literally dancing along a cartoonish painting of the Copacabanna beach to the tune of "Brazil.") As you watch the credits you will notice the clumsy pan-and-scan as the frame is consciously maneuvered within the letterbox to follow the shifting position of names and credits. This of course, defeats the whole purpose of letterboxing, and begs the question, "What were these people thinking?" They obviously knew the picture did not fit the letterbox!
The reason this is so annoying is that Director Norman Z.
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Format: DVD
This is a review of the STERLING/PEARSON DVD "Bob Hope Film Collection" edition (with the green cover!) I hope that helps set this apart from the other editions and reviews...
The film is a good example of the Road movies - it's no Utopia or Morocco, but it's still very entertaining. Lamour is ravishing whilst Hope and Crosby wise-crack and soft-shoe with the best of 'em. All in all a four star movie.
However, this DVD has a rather pathetic amount of extras (ie. none), a fair-to-middling print and a very low audio track. My suggestion is to find another DVD edition. At the end of the day - we all want to upgrade from VHS to DVD, so why settle for an edition that is estentially lower quality?
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This 1947 flick was the fifth in Bob Hope and Bing Crosby’s “Road” pictures. In this one Hope and Crosby play “Hot Lips” Barton and “Scat” Sweeney, two down-on-their-luck musicians who stowaway aboard a ship for Rio one step in front of the law. However, when the boys both fall for Lucia (played by the sparkling Dorothy Lamour), they find that she is in real trouble and needs their help. Can these two misfits get ahead of the bad guys? You bet they can!

You know, I grew up loving the “Road” movies, and Road to Rio is definitely a great part of the series. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby bring their comedic best to the picture, and Dorothy Lamour is nothing short of radiant – but, you would expect nothing less. The Wiere Brothers appear as three Brazilian musicians, and nearly steal the show with their antics. I had never seen them before, but think that they are great! And, as an added bonus, you get a song featuring Bing and the Andrews Sisters, which is always a treat.

If you have ever seen one of the “Road” movies, then you know that this is a great movie. Even if you have never seen one, if you like hilariously funny, old-time pictures, then check out the Road to Rio, you’ll love it!
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Format: VHS Tape
Well, the movie is wonderful. It's hilarious and charming, with Hollywood Oomph boy adding a scene. FUNNY!
Always Crosby and Hope share their wity banter.
If you want a taste:
They're insulting each other, of course.
"Swine" - Crosby
"Pig" - Hope
"swine means pig" - Crosby
"fine, ham." - Hope
It's just all around witty and charming.
The only defect of the video is the sound quality, it's muffled and I can scarecly make out what they're saying at times. I was continuously straining to hear they're witty banter.
The movie itself is well worth having. Although I recommend you go with a DVD version, if you want to really hear and crack up at their constant inults.
Otherwise GREAAAAAAAAAAT!
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Every great film has a repeating line, and Road to Rio has that one. It's always been one of my favorites - if not THE favorite - of the road pictures, but maybe the lustre has worn off. Still, "I hate you. I loathe you. I despise you" is a long-time family joke, and this film, if it grabs you at the right moment, is a gem. The musical numbers, as usual, are terrific, and there are so many throw-away lines and sight gags that this "road" is one that should be traveled.
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Bob Hope and Bing Crosby ushered in 1947's "Road to Rio" with zany wit, plenty of style, and the Andrew Sisters. On the run from the law, musicians Bob and Bing escape from a burning carnival, stow away on an ocean liner, and get shot at in Oklahoma. And that's just the first half-hour. "Road to Rio" is perhaps as comedic and stunning as their earlier "Road to Morocco". Though not as funny as "My Favorite Brunette(a Hope-financed production)", "Road to Rio" is a solid No. 5 entry in the series of 7 Road Pictures. The film's pace does suffer from phlegmatic Dorothy Lamour; perfectly cast as a semi-hypnotic coquette. However, the real currency of "Road to Rio" is a stellar cast, including Gale Sondergaard, Frank Faylen, Ray Teal,Charles Middleton, future horror star Tor Johnson, and the hilarious Jerry Colonna. Former shoe salesman and failed Broadway actor Bob Hope finally hit it big with his first Hollywood movie in 1938. In the 1940's, he was raking in the dough, and buying up San Fernando Valley. He started a 40-year TV career at NBC in 1960. Thanks to too much Southern California real-estate, Hope retired to a cathedral-castle in the hills over-looking Palm Springs. Invested in race horses and Minute-Maid, millionaire Bing Crosby died in 1977(the same year as Elvis) while walking on the golf course. This brand new DVD features a meager 8 chapters and a Bob Hope bio. The opening pan-and-scan titles are adjusted for the TV screen. And sound volume drops off intermittently to reduce noise and rumble. Otherwise, UCLA Archives has beautifully and digitally restored this American cinema icon. Despite troubling health issues, Bob Hope can reach the age of 100 in 2003. We don't know how long he will survive. But we do know that a valuable compendium of classic comedic performances are forever recorded, now and for our ancestors. Lucky us.
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