Rio Rita

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  • Passed
  • 1942
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 6.0  (1,270)

Rio Rita is a 1942 musical-comedy movie directed by S. Sylvan Simon and produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Starring the famous duo of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, the movie also features the beautiful voice of Kathryn Grayson. The movie is set in San Francisco, during the 1940s, where the two comedians are performing their act in a nightclub. The nightclub gets raided by the police, and the duo ends up escaping by hiding in a luggage trunk, which is being shipped to Mexico City. Unknowingly, the duo becomes wrapped up in a wild adventure of mistaken identities, diamond thieves, and a phantom bandit named the Kinkajou.

Abbott and Costello play the characters of Doc and Wishy, respectfully. Doc is the more intelligent of the two, who continually tries to keep Wishy in check. However, Wishy, who is more naive, but also more daring, often leads the duo into precarious situations. Along their journey, they also find love interests in the form of Kathryn Grayson's character, Rita Winslow, and her sister, Lucille.

Rita is the owner of the Rio Rita nightclub in Mexico City, where the duo had been shipped to. The nightclub is facing financial troubles, as it is partially owned by Rita's fiancé, Roberto, who is not interested in the business. Roberto also has a personal vendetta against the Rio Rita, as he believes his father was cheated out of his share of the profits. Rita's only chance to save the club is to find the location of her father's hidden gold mine.

Throughout the film, there are numerous misunderstandings and mix-ups, which keep the audience on the edge of their seats. The Kinkajou is a notorious bandit who is rumored to be after the same gold mine as Rita. He has a distinctive laugh, which is often heard throughout the movie, adding to the element of suspense. The diamond thieves, on the other hand, are after a valuable diamond that is falsely believed to be hidden in the gold mine.

The movie is known for its many musical numbers, including "Kiss Me Again" and "Now It Can Be Told." Grayson, who was known for her operatic career, showcases her beautiful voice, adding to the enjoyable musical numbers. Abbott and Costello also get a chance to show off their comedic talents, which made them so famous.

The movie's climax takes place in the hidden gold mine, where all the characters converge. The Kinkajou is revealed, and a final standoff takes place, which is both thrilling and humorous. The diamond thieves are apprehended, and the location of the gold mine is revealed. In the end, all loose ends are tied up, and Rita and Lucille's troubles are resolved. Abbott and Costello also get a happy ending, each finding love and adventure.

In conclusion, Rio Rita is an enjoyable movie, providing a mix of suspense, humor, and musical numbers. The talents of Abbott and Costello, along with the beautiful voice of Grayson, make for an entertaining movie. The mistaken identities and mix-ups keep the audience engaged, and the film's climax is thrilling and hilarious. Overall, Rio Rita is a must-watch for fans of classic musical-comedies.

Rio Rita is a 1942 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0.

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    6.0  (1,270)