Abbott And Costello - Rio Rita (1942) TVRip (SiRiUs sHaRe).avi
Rio Rita (1942)
Doc and Wishey run into some Nazi-agents, who want to smuggle bombs into the USA from a Mexican border hotel.
Bud Abbott ... 'Doc'
Lou Costello ... 'Wishy'
Kathryn Grayson ... Rita Winslow
John Carroll ... Ricardo Montera
Patricia Dane ... Lucette Brunswick
Tom Conway ... Maurice Craindall
Peter Whitney ... Jake
Barry Nelson ... Harry Gantley
Arthur Space ... Trask
Director: S. Sylvan Simon
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With the money that Abbott and Costello made in their films at Universal to save that studio from going bankrupt, L.B. Mayer decided he wanted some of that himself. So Universal was probably paid a lot of cash to loan them out for the first of three films.
MGM dusted off the old show Rio Rita which was a smash Broadway success for Florenz Ziegfeld in 1927-1928. Universal had filmed it in 1929 with John Boles, Bebe Daniels and Wheeler and Woolsey. Come to think of it, they probably tossed in the rights for Rio Rita in the loan out deal for Abbott and Costello.
All that was retained were the two big songs of the show, the title song and the Ranger song. Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg wrote You Came Along sung very nicely by John Carroll and Kathryn Grayson.
The plot is pretty silly involving some Nazi spies sending coded messages during a broadcast featuring Latino crooner John Carroll. He's got a cheap Mexican accent that really doesn't fool anyone. Why didn't MGM use a real Latino performer like Tito Guizar? I guess we'll never know.
And Abbott and Costello don't get to use any of their patented routines here although they do have some funny moments. MGM did much better by them in Lost In a Harem which is more like the stuff they were doing at Universal.
* In order to make more money from Abbott and Costello, Universal agreed to loan out the team to MGM for one picture per year. This was the first MGM production made under that deal.
* The musical "Rio Rita" opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 2 February 1927 and closed on 7 April 1928 after 494 performances. The cast included Bert Wheeler and 'Robert Woolsey' who reprised their roles in the 1929 movie of the same name. Only 2 songs were used in this 1942 movie, and the screenplay bears no resemblance to the plot of the 1929 version. In fact, the SAB designated the 1942 version as an original story.
* Some modern credits erroneously list the song "Long Before You Came Along" as appearing in the 1929 version. It was written for the 1942 version.
* William Tannen is listed in studio records for the role of "Pet Shop Owner", but he did not appear in the movie.