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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

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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" 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: 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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Despite his obvious on-screen chemistry in dancing with Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire was reluctant to make a second movie with her. He had previously been part of a dance duo with his sister, Adele Astaire, but wanted to establish himself as a solo dancer. After Flying Down to Rio, Astaire sent a note to his agent about Rogers. "I don't mind making another picture with her, but as for this team idea, it's out! I've just managed to live down one partnership and I don't want to be bothered with any more." But when the critics praised the Astaire-Rogers pairing in "Rio," Astaire was persuaded, and he and Rogers soon made the second film in their partnership, _The Gay Divorcee (1934)_ (QV).
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.
Joel McCrea was originally slated for the role of Roger Bond.
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