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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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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

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

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

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"Flying Down to Rio" and the Power of Intimate Dance

By David on Sep 21, 2012 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

Fred Astaire made his film debut in 1933's "Dancing Lady" as a dancer named, um, Fred Astaire. Preceding that film there had been a screen test where the evaluator wrote these infamous words: "Can't act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." In his second film, 1933's "Flying Down to Rio," Astaire ha... Read full article


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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.


Honey Hale: It's like looking for a noodle in a haystack.


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.


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Originally conceived by RKO as a vehicle for Dolores del Rio, this film is most notable for its star-making pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The two relative unknowns smoked up the screen in a dance number called "The Carioca" that generated such a positive response form critics and fans that they were eventually reunited in nine subsequent films.
The airplane that the character Roger Bond flies is a Monocoupe 90, designed in 1930 by Don Luscombe. It was capable of speeds of up to 100 knots (115 MPH - a very high-performance airplane for its day) but in no way could it reach Haiti from Miami without many fuel stops along the way. (If at all.)
In the original prints, the "Orchids in the Moonlight" number was color tinted.
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