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The working title for this film was Rio . Columbia borrowed actor Keenan Wynn, director S. Sylvan Simon and dance director Eugene Loring from M-G-M for the production. Actor Allyn Joslyn was borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox. A pre-production HR news item indicates that Melvyn Douglas was originally set for the role played by Keenan Wynn. Lee Bowman replaced Douglas but left the picture in late Apr due to an illness. Although a still photograph indicates that dancers Carol Haney and Virginia Hunter were cast in the production, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. ... More Less

The working title for this film was Rio . Columbia borrowed actor Keenan Wynn, director S. Sylvan Simon and dance director Eugene Loring from M-G-M for the production. Actor Allyn Joslyn was borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox. A pre-production HR news item indicates that Melvyn Douglas was originally set for the role played by Keenan Wynn. Lee Bowman replaced Douglas but left the picture in late Apr due to an illness. Although a still photograph indicates that dancers Carol Haney and Virginia Hunter were cast in the production, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
31 Aug 1946.
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Daily Variety
6 Sep 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Sep 46
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Mar 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Apr 46
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 May 46
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Sep 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Jul 46
p. 3090.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Sep 46
pp. 3209-10.
New York Times
6 Sep 46
p. 18.
Variety
11 Sep 46
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orch and mus dir
Asst mus dir
Vocal arr
SOUND
Sd eng
Mus rec
Re-rec and eff mixer
DANCE
Dances staged by
Dances staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hair styles
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Linda mujer," music and lyrics by Rafael Duchesne
"Minute Samba," music and lyrics by Enric Madriguera
"Mucho dinero," music and lyrics by Enric Madriguera and Albert Gamse
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SONGS
"Linda mujer," music and lyrics by Rafael Duchesne
"Minute Samba," music and lyrics by Enric Madriguera
"Mucho dinero," music and lyrics by Enric Madriguera and Albert Gamse
"Custom House," "Man Is Brother to a Mule" and "The Thrill of Brazil," music and lyrics by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Rio
Release Date:
30 September 1946
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 5 Septembert 1946
Production Date:
20 April--25 June 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 September 1946
Copyright Number:
LP673
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11812
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Before taking his musical revue to New York, stage producer Steve Farraugh tries out his new show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The star of Steve's show, Linda Lorens, is in love with Steve, but Steve still carries a torch for his ex-wife, Vicki Dean, an accomplished stage director. Band leader Tito Guizar, meanwhile, is smitten with Linda, but she pays him no attention. Seeking Steve's signature on the final divorce papers, Vicki arrives in Rio with her new fiancé, the staid toothpaste manufacturer John Harbour. Although Steve has already signed the papers once, Vicki has returned to make certain that he resigns them without using his pen filled with disappearing ink. While stalling for time, Steve attempts to win back his ex-wife by purposely making the show finale such a flop that she will be unable to resist the urge to fix it. Vicki, however, sees through Steve's plan to play on her love of show business and demands that he immediately sign the papers. Despite his best efforts to make a nuisance of himself and scare off John, Steve eventually concedes defeat and grants Vicki's wish. After signing the papers, Steve hires taxi driver Irkie Bowers to steal them from John and Vicki, along with their plane tickets, just as they are about to leave Rio. As the police are sympathetic to Steve, Vicki is left with no alternative but to accept his offer of help in exchange for her promise to direct the troupe in rehearsals. Steve's plan goes awry, however, when Irkie discovers that the check Steve gave him has been signed with disappearing ink. Irkie returns ... +


Before taking his musical revue to New York, stage producer Steve Farraugh tries out his new show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The star of Steve's show, Linda Lorens, is in love with Steve, but Steve still carries a torch for his ex-wife, Vicki Dean, an accomplished stage director. Band leader Tito Guizar, meanwhile, is smitten with Linda, but she pays him no attention. Seeking Steve's signature on the final divorce papers, Vicki arrives in Rio with her new fiancé, the staid toothpaste manufacturer John Harbour. Although Steve has already signed the papers once, Vicki has returned to make certain that he resigns them without using his pen filled with disappearing ink. While stalling for time, Steve attempts to win back his ex-wife by purposely making the show finale such a flop that she will be unable to resist the urge to fix it. Vicki, however, sees through Steve's plan to play on her love of show business and demands that he immediately sign the papers. Despite his best efforts to make a nuisance of himself and scare off John, Steve eventually concedes defeat and grants Vicki's wish. After signing the papers, Steve hires taxi driver Irkie Bowers to steal them from John and Vicki, along with their plane tickets, just as they are about to leave Rio. As the police are sympathetic to Steve, Vicki is left with no alternative but to accept his offer of help in exchange for her promise to direct the troupe in rehearsals. Steve's plan goes awry, however, when Irkie discovers that the check Steve gave him has been signed with disappearing ink. Irkie returns to Steve's club seeking revenge, and tells Linda about Steve's scheme. Together, Linda and Irkie search for Steve, who has joined Vicki and John on a sightseeing trip. Chaos ensues when Irkie tries to take Steve's wallet from him. The police arrive just as a brawl breaks out, and Steve quickly tosses the wallet into the lap of a Brazilian bystander. All but Steve are arrested and thrown in jail. Before bailing out his friends, Steve has a photographer snap a picture of John behind bars. The resulting international scandal forces John to leave immediately for Buenos Aires to prevent the dissolution of an important business deal. When the Brazilian man who caught John's stolen wallet tries to return it to its owner, Linda manages to intercept it by telling the man that she is John's wife. Steve later attempts to take the wallet from Linda, but she insists on giving it to Vicki. With his scheme now fully exposed, Steve gives up and confesses to Vicki, all the while insisting that his tricks were done in the hope of winning her back. Steve's fortunes change for the better, though, when he learns that Vicki knew all along that his disappearing ink signature could be brought back to life with lemon juice. He now realizes that she came to Rio because she loves him. +

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