Road to Rio (1947)

100 mins | Comedy | 25 December 1947

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HISTORY

According to NYT , Paramount, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby each owned one third of this picture, having each put up a third of the $2,400,000 budget. According to Paramount News , noted Brazilian musician Louis Oliveira, the former leader and arranger for Carmen Miranda's band, worked as technical advisor on this film and taught Crosby the Portuguese language and song style. Robert Emmett Dolan was nominated for an Academy Award for Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) of this film. The song "You Don't Have to Know the Language" became a big hit for the Andrew Sisters. This was the fifth in the "Road to..." series starring Hope, Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. For more information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Road to Singapore in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

According to NYT , Paramount, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby each owned one third of this picture, having each put up a third of the $2,400,000 budget. According to Paramount News , noted Brazilian musician Louis Oliveira, the former leader and arranger for Carmen Miranda's band, worked as technical advisor on this film and taught Crosby the Portuguese language and song style. Robert Emmett Dolan was nominated for an Academy Award for Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) of this film. The song "You Don't Have to Know the Language" became a big hit for the Andrew Sisters. This was the fifth in the "Road to..." series starring Hope, Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. For more information on the series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for Road to Singapore in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3789. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Jun 47
p. 97.
Box Office
8 Nov 1947.
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Daily Variety
11 Nov 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Nov 47
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jan 47
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Mar 47
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Nov 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 48
p. 6.
Independent Film Journal
4 Jan 47
p. 34.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Nov 1947.
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New York Times
19 Feb 48
p. 29.
Variety
12 Nov 47
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Arthur Vallee
Llorna Jordan
Babe London
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
Contr to dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Vocal arr
Mus assoc
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
DANCE
Dances staged by
Dances staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
SOURCES
SONGS
"But Beautiful," "You Don't Have to Know the Language," "Apalachicola, Florida," "For What?" and "Experience," music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Johnny Burke
"Olha Ella," by Russo de Pandiero and Peterpan
"Jam Session in the Hills (Sataque No Norro)," by Russo de Pandiero and Sa Roris
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SONGS
"But Beautiful," "You Don't Have to Know the Language," "Apalachicola, Florida," "For What?" and "Experience," music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Johnny Burke
"Olha Ella," by Russo de Pandiero and Peterpan
"Jam Session in the Hills (Sataque No Norro)," by Russo de Pandiero and Sa Roris
"Cavaquinho," by Ernesto Nazareth
"Maria," by Luis Pexoto and Ary Barroso
"Diz Que Tem," by Hannibal Cruz and Vincente Paiva.
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DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
25 December 1947
Production Date:
early January--early March 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Bing Crosby Enterprises, Inc. & Hope Enterprises, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 March 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1171
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Song-and-dance men Scat Sweeney and Hot Lips Barton flee a carnival in Louisiana with the owner's two hundred dollars after setting the carnival ablaze. They escape as stowaways on the Queen of Brazil , a ship bound for Rio de Janiero. Scat saves passenger Lucia Maria de Andrade from throwing herself overboard and falls in love with her. Maria's guardian, Catherine Vail, has been hypnotizing her in order to force her into marrying Catherine's brother, Sherman Mallory, who is after Lucia's considerable estate. Under Catherine's hypnosis, Lucia turns in Scat and Hot Lips to the captain, and they are jailed. She later wakes and arranges with the captain for Scat and Hot Lips to work for their passage as members of the ship's orchestra. Lucia intercepts a radiogram from Sherman to Catherine which states that Lucia must marry him immediately before Catherine's lawyer, Rodrigues, interferes. Lucia explains Catherine's motives to Scat, who, upon their arrival in Rio, smuggles Lucia off the boat in a bass fiddle case. On land, Scat sells the American act of Scat Sweeney and Ginger O'Roark (who is really Lucia) to hotel proprietor Cardoso. Hot Lips appears on trumpet, along with three Brazilian musicians, who pretend to be Americans. After Lucia refuses to marry Sherman, Catherine hypnotizes her and she exposes the Brazilian trio as imposters to Cardoso. Catherine offers Scat and Hot Lips ten thousand dollars to leave Brazil and hypnotizes them into accepting a duel. They awaken in time to avoid killing each other, and Scat finally realizes that Catherine has been hypnotizing Lucia. After Catherine, Sherman and Lucia have left for Catherine's wedding, Rodrigues ... +


Song-and-dance men Scat Sweeney and Hot Lips Barton flee a carnival in Louisiana with the owner's two hundred dollars after setting the carnival ablaze. They escape as stowaways on the Queen of Brazil , a ship bound for Rio de Janiero. Scat saves passenger Lucia Maria de Andrade from throwing herself overboard and falls in love with her. Maria's guardian, Catherine Vail, has been hypnotizing her in order to force her into marrying Catherine's brother, Sherman Mallory, who is after Lucia's considerable estate. Under Catherine's hypnosis, Lucia turns in Scat and Hot Lips to the captain, and they are jailed. She later wakes and arranges with the captain for Scat and Hot Lips to work for their passage as members of the ship's orchestra. Lucia intercepts a radiogram from Sherman to Catherine which states that Lucia must marry him immediately before Catherine's lawyer, Rodrigues, interferes. Lucia explains Catherine's motives to Scat, who, upon their arrival in Rio, smuggles Lucia off the boat in a bass fiddle case. On land, Scat sells the American act of Scat Sweeney and Ginger O'Roark (who is really Lucia) to hotel proprietor Cardoso. Hot Lips appears on trumpet, along with three Brazilian musicians, who pretend to be Americans. After Lucia refuses to marry Sherman, Catherine hypnotizes her and she exposes the Brazilian trio as imposters to Cardoso. Catherine offers Scat and Hot Lips ten thousand dollars to leave Brazil and hypnotizes them into accepting a duel. They awaken in time to avoid killing each other, and Scat finally realizes that Catherine has been hypnotizing Lucia. After Catherine, Sherman and Lucia have left for Catherine's wedding, Rodrigues tells Scat and Hot Lips that Lucia's estate papers are hidden in Catherine's safe. In order to stop the wedding, Scat and Hot Lips must present the papers to the prefeito , who will be performing the ceremony. They successfully steal the papers, but are caught by Tony and Harry, Catherine's henchmen, whom they hypnotize before escaping. Meanwhile, Rodrigues and comedian Jerry Colonna lead the cavalry in a race to the scene, but are too late. Scat and Hot Lips stop the wedding in time and expose Catherine and Sherman's scheme to the prefeito . Back in the United States, Scat visits Lucia and Hot Lips in a hotel suite in Niagara Falls, where Lucia tells Scat that she has loved Hot Lips all along. After he leaves, however, Scat looks through the keyhole and discovers that Hot Lips has hypnotized Lucia. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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