Rio Rita (1929)

135 mins | Musical | 15 September 1929

Director:

Luther Reed

Writer:

Luther Reed

Producer:

William LeBaron

Cinematographers:

Lloyd Knechtel, Robert Kurrle

Production Designer:

Max Rée

Production Company:

RKO Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film was copyrighted twice on 15 Sep 1929, once for the claimant RKO Productions, Inc., under number LP811 and a second time for the claimant RKO Distributing Corp., under number LP899. Credit information in copyright records for the two registrations is otherwise the same.
       Voted one of the Ten Best Pictures of 1929 by a FD poll, announced in its 7 Feb 1930 issue.
       M-G-M produced a 1942 film entitled Rio Rita , directed by S. Sylvan Simon and starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Kathryn Grayson and John Carroll. For information on that film, which retained only two of the Broadway musical's songs and bore little resemblance to the original story, please consult the entry ... More Less

The film was copyrighted twice on 15 Sep 1929, once for the claimant RKO Productions, Inc., under number LP811 and a second time for the claimant RKO Distributing Corp., under number LP899. Credit information in copyright records for the two registrations is otherwise the same.
       Voted one of the Ten Best Pictures of 1929 by a FD poll, announced in its 7 Feb 1930 issue.
       M-G-M produced a 1942 film entitled Rio Rita , directed by S. Sylvan Simon and starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Kathryn Grayson and John Carroll. For information on that film, which retained only two of the Broadway musical's songs and bore little resemblance to the original story, please consult the entry below. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
2 Nov 1929
p. 54.
EHW
30 Nov 1929
p. 47.
Film Daily
13 Oct 1929
p. 8.
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 1.
New York Times
7 Oct 1929
p. 22.
Variety
9 Oct 1929
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
SOUND
Rec eng
DANCE
Dance dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Chorus master
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Rio Rita book by Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson, music by Harry Tierney, lyrics by Joseph McCarthy, as produced by Florenz Ziegfeld (New York, 2 Feb 1927).
SONGS
"You're Always in My Arms (But Only in My Dreams)," "Sweetheart We Need Each Other," "Following the Sun Around," "Rio Rita," "If You're in Love You'll Waltz," "The Kinkajou" and "The Rangers' Song," music by Harry Tierney, lyrics by Joseph McCarthy.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 September 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 6 October 1929
Copyright Claimants:
RKO Productions, Inc. RKO Distributing Corp.
Copyright Dates:
15 September 1929 15 September 1929
Copyright Numbers:
LP811 LP899
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone
Black & white with color sequences
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
135
Length(in feet):
11,506
Length(in reels):
15
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In a Mexican border town, reward signs are posted for a mysterious bandit known as the Kinkajou. Also in the town is a mysterious Gringo, Jim, who wins the affections of Rita and the hatred of General Ravinoff. Rita refuses to believe the lies of the rascally Ravinoff about Jim until, at a party given at his villa, he offers proof that Jim is a Texas Ranger assigned to arrest her brother (rumored to be the Kinkajou). Broken-hearted, Rita dismisses Jim, but later she saves his life from assassins who lie in wait for him. Ravinoff constructs, on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, a palatial barge, in which he operates a gambling resort, and one evening he stages a party, hoping to impress Rita. Jim appears in disguise, and his explanations bring renewed faith and love. Rita diverts Ravinoff while Jim frees the barge, permitting it to float to the American side. There, Jim unmasks Ravinoff as the Kinkajou, clearing Rita's brother, and a wedding follows with the Texas Rangers ... +


In a Mexican border town, reward signs are posted for a mysterious bandit known as the Kinkajou. Also in the town is a mysterious Gringo, Jim, who wins the affections of Rita and the hatred of General Ravinoff. Rita refuses to believe the lies of the rascally Ravinoff about Jim until, at a party given at his villa, he offers proof that Jim is a Texas Ranger assigned to arrest her brother (rumored to be the Kinkajou). Broken-hearted, Rita dismisses Jim, but later she saves his life from assassins who lie in wait for him. Ravinoff constructs, on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, a palatial barge, in which he operates a gambling resort, and one evening he stages a party, hoping to impress Rita. Jim appears in disguise, and his explanations bring renewed faith and love. Rita diverts Ravinoff while Jim frees the barge, permitting it to float to the American side. There, Jim unmasks Ravinoff as the Kinkajou, clearing Rita's brother, and a wedding follows with the Texas Rangers officiating. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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