Flying Down to Rio Overview:

Flying Down to Rio (1933) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Thornton Freeland and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Lou Brock.

Academy Awards 1934 --- Ceremony Number 7 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - SongMusic by Vincent Youmans; Lyrics by Edward Eliscu and Gus KahnNominated
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Musical Monday: Flying Down to Rio (1933)

on Aug 17, 2020 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: Flying Down to Rio (1933) ? ... Read full article


Free screening of classic film “Flying Down to Rio” at Second Presbyterian Church

By Stephen Reginald on Jan 23, 2017 From Classic Movie Man

Free screening of classic film “Flying Down to Rio” at Second Presbyterian Church There will be a free screening of the classic film Flying Down to Rio (1933) at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South Michigan Avenue, Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The film features Long tim... Read full article


Flying Down to Rio, Happy Anniversary! Premiered on Friday, December 22nd, 1933 in New York City (2)

By C. S. Williams on Dec 22, 2013 From Classic Film Aficionados

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Flying Down to Rio, Happy Anniversary! Premiered on Friday, December 22nd, 1933 in New York City

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Flying Down to Rio, Happy Anniversary! Premiered on Friday, December 22nd, 1933 in New York City

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Quotes from

Fred Ayres: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. This is really good news. Rog has outdone himself.
Honey Hale: I'll bet he's broken both legs running after two women at the same time.


Fred Ayres: Nothing of the kind. He's landed us a job in Rio. Rio de Janeiro. The Hotel Atlantico. We'll be flying down any morning now.
Honey Hale: And swimming back in the afternoon. I'm taking my water-wings.


Fred Ayres: The trick is to keep your mind a blank.
Honey Hale: With THAT music?
Honey Hale: Oh, Freddie, is my mind red!


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While looking through the window of a bakery shop in Rio, Ginger Rogers asks Fred Astaire, "Oh, Freddie. How do you ask for little tarts in Portuguese?" Fred replies, "Don't heckle me. Try the Culbertson System." This topical joke was funny for Depression-era movie audiences, for whom the game of Bridge was a major home pastime. The Culbertson System was a bidding strategy developed by Bridge champion Ely Culbertson. In the early 1930s, Culbertson became a celebrity by winning several international tournaments with his aggressive bidding system.
The first (of ten) dancing partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Joel McCrea was originally slated for the role of Roger Bond.
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