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Year
1933
Runtime
89 min.
Director
Thornton Freeland
Genres
Romance, Comedy, Musical
Rating *
6.7
Votes *
2,485
Checks
541
Favs
13
Dislikes
6
Favs/checks
2.4% (1:42)
Favs/dislikes
2:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Though Flying Down to Rio is Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' first pairing, and thus a page from Hollywood history, it really isn't their film. It's really a romcom in which pale-as-a-ghost Gene Raymond is a band leader trying to woo Dolores Del Rio (who started in silent film and it shows) away from her fiancé. But aside from some fun special effects where they have conversations with themselves, the romance is boring and unconvincing. It's like something out of a Marx Brothers film, there as the semblance of a plot (along with a silly "bankrupt the hotel" subplot) to hang comedy and musical numbers on. And that's where Astaire and Rogers come in. THEY'RE the Marx Brothers in this. All the comedy, all the musical numbers, all the CHARM, they're the ones who bring it. I will give some props (that's a pun) to the direction though, as part of the fun is all the effects, neat transitions, expansive sets, and brazen lack of restraint in the final musical number, which can't possibly be seen from the ground! Well, the camera's up in the clouds, so what do I care? A fun puff piece. 7 months 1 week ago
  2. MarionCrane's avatar

    MarionCrane

    It isn't a fantastic movie. The best part of it are Fred and Ginger. The Carioca scene is great but the rest isn't very good. 4 years 9 months ago
  3. tippaty's avatar

    tippaty

    Wow, seeing the magnetism between Fred Astaire and Ginger in their first performance together is amazing. Overall the movie isn't too entertaining with the gratuitous but bland dance scenes.

    P.S. Dolores Del Rio is HOT
    7 years 1 month ago
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  1. This movie ranks #23 in 100 Musicals (BFI Screen Guide)
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  2. This movie ranks #108 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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