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Flying Down to Rio(1933)

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  • Tentative Debut for Astaire-Rogers Team

    • Keith Connes
    • 2/16/14

    I cannot imagine what the studio executives were thinking when they cast Astaire and Rogers in this film. Their roles were so tentative, as if the brass didn't quite know what to do with these highly talented performers. As has been stated many times, Rogers and Astaire were given fourth and fifth billing. Even more notably, they had only two relatively brief dance sequences together, pasted into the "Carioca" number that lasted nearly twelve minutes and had some truly spirited chorus dancing. Ginger's comedy lines were corny and Fred's were even worse. Nevertheless, "the rest was history," as the audiences proved to be more discerning than the studio brass and the Astaire-Rogers team was launched to stardom. The film was graced with a fine score by Vincent Youmans that included, besides the title number and "The Carioca," "Orchids in the Moonlight" (with Astaire and Delores del Rio walking through a lackluster tango that could have been telephoned in) and the title number, performed on the wings of airplanes by a bevy of chorus girls for the edification of eagle-eyed hotel guests hundreds of feet below. The cast credits were rather random. Two women sang "The Carioca," but only one was credited (rather dubiously, as "The Colored Singer"). Worse yet, Franklin Pangborn was overlooked entirely, despite having more business than his co-comic, Eric Blore. Despite its drawbacks, including the customary forgettable Hollywood-musical plot, the film should be seen, if only as an illustration of how the star quality of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers would shine through regardless of all handicaps.

  • Fred ans Ginger reunited for ever for fun and love

    • Eric
    • 3/4/10

    Fred Astaire without Ginger it's not Fred Astaire. With his great career as a dancer and also as a vocalist Fred recorded plenty albums. Fred made a huge jazz album at Verve Record by 1952. Ginger made a musical and drama role this is not easy. Both of them do different thing in Hollywood but Flying down to rio it's a classic musical team. Once Ginger Rogers said ' Fred was everything.....' Respect and maybe love between each of others. Great Turner Classic DVD. Great.

  • Flying Down to Roi (1933)

    • James Higgins
    • 1/2/10

    What a kooky and bizarre musical, Dolores Del Rio gets top billing, but it is Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film, in their first pairing. Some of the aerial musical numbers are wild! Light, entertaining and great fun to watch.

  • Tango Lovers' Delight

    • R.Tina Porta
    • 2/14/06

    This film features a beautifully choreographed slow tango scene, utilizing a chorus line of 18 couples dancing in perfect unison, followed by a vocal, which gives lyrics to this wonderful song, which they have just danced, in this early Hollywood talkie.

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