- Actors: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Gale Sondergaard, Frank Faylen
- Directors: Norman Z. McLeod
- Writers: Barney Dean, Edmund Beloin, Jack Rose
- Producers: Daniel Dare
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Classification: UC
- Studio: Miscellaneous
- DVD Release Date: 27 Jan. 2003
- Run Time: 100 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000085RK7
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,593 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Road to Rio [DVD]
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The Road To Rio is a 1947 American comedy film directed by Norman Z McLeod starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour. Special Guests: The Andrew Sisters. Written by Edmund Beloin and Jack Rose.
Top Customer Reviews
Hope and Crosby star as two vaudevillians, who after setting a circus on fire, stow away on a liner bound for Brazil. Once there they encounter a distressed woman (Lamour) who is being coerced into an unwanted marriage by her scheming guardian.
The fifth in the hugely popular "Road To" series of films, Rio follows the same trajectory as before. For fans such as myself this is ok, other film fans venturing in for a first time look may be a bit bemused by it all. In fairness this one does have a solid story at its core, with hypnotism the dastardly weapon of choice, while McLeod neatly blends the comedy and musical numbers and keeps the pace brisk. Hope gets some well written topical gags to deliver and Crosby croons whilst also getting to do a number with The Andrews Sisters. In support the wonderful Sondergaard turns in another one of her memorable villainess performances, and The Wiere Brothers form part of the narrative to produce great comedic results.
With a blazing first quarter, a jovial middle section and a genuinely hilarious finale, Road to Rio achieves everything a "Road To" fan could wish for. 7.5/10
I'm sure the real afficionados will be able to tell you the reasons why - unfortunately, I can't. But I'd certainly recommend trying to find out if there's a better recording* as it does distract from what, otherwise, would be a great film.
*This may be hard to do - it was by far the most expensive and hardest Road Movie to find.
As usual, Hope and Crosby are a couple of bums on the make. This time hey are down at heel musicians who have to make quick escapes form several States with irate fathers in pursuit. After setting fire to a circus they make a hasty exit as stowaways on a boat to Brazil. On the boat they meet up with Lamour, who is being hypnotised into marrying someone she does not love. There are plenty of songs, some dance routines and the Andrews sisters make an appearance to sing with Crosby. The patacake routine makes a couple of appearances and the fourth wall is broken several times for asides about other cast members and the studio.
This is one of the best in the series and is well worth watching.
As an aside, early in the film, I noticed Tor Johnson in a bit part as a circus strongman. His claim to fame is that he then went on to "act" in a number of Ed Wood's films, notably, Plan 9 from Outer Space.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought a number of these "Road to..." DVD's for the memory of childhood ; they're great fun and even surprisingly amusing now and then.Published on 18 Aug. 2013 by Mr. Graham Ferrier
Good quality DVD and a great film. My mum loved it and so did I. Brought back lots of wonderful memories.Published on 1 May 2013 by JulieKibKor