Flying Down to Rio (1933)

USA, 1933
35mm film, tinted black and white
mono, English

An American musical film with fantasy sequences directed by Thornton Freeland.

Plot Summary

Aviator and band leader Roger Bond constantly flirts with women, losing his band too many gigs. He seems to find true love when he meets Brazilian Belinha de Rezende and when his band is hired to play at the opening of the Hotel Atlântico in Rio, he flies her to the city and romantic complications ensue.


Director: Thornton Freeland
© 1933 RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Producer: Merian C. Cooper
Associate Director: George Nicholls Jr
Screenplay: Cyril Hume, H.W. Hanemann, Erwin Gelsey
Based on the Play by: Anne Caldwell
Based on an Original Story by: Lou Brock
Cinematography: J. Roy Hunt
Editor: Jack Kitchin
Music: Vincent Youmans
[Sound] Recording: P.J. Faulkner
Lyrics: Edward Eliscu, Gus Kahn
Costumes: Walter Plunkett
Art Director: Van Nest Polglase, Carroll Clark

Dolores Del Rio (Belinha de Rezende)
Gene Raymond (Roger Bond)
Ginger Rogers (‘Honey’ Hale)
Fred Astaire (Fred Ayres)
Raul Roulien (Julio Rubeiro)

Alternative Titles

Carioca – Austrian, Belgian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Greek, Italian title
Flyg med till Rio! – Swedish title
Karioka – Polish title
Karyoka – Turkish title
Riói leányok – Hungarian title
Vlucht naar Rio – Dutch title
Voando Para o Rio de Janeiro – Portuguese title
Voando para o Rio – Brazilian title
Volando a Río – Mexican title
Volando hacia Río de Janeiro – Spanish title
Volant cap a Río de Janeiro – Catalan Spanish title
Летим за Рио – Bulgarian title
Полет в Рио – Russian title
空中レヴュー時代 – Japanese title

Extracts included in
100 Years at the Movies (1994)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire (1981)
Blame It on Rio (1984)
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema (2002)
Dolores del Río – Princesa de México (1999)
Fred Astaire: Puttin’ on His Top Hat (1980)
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History (2008)
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History – The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression (2009)
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story (1987)
Hooray for Hollywood (1982)
I’m King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005)
Let’s Dance (2009)
Marcello Mastroianni: mi ricordo, sì, io mi ricordo (1997)

See also
Danger Mouse: Melted (2018)



  • The Cinema – Film Booking and Ready Reference Guide (2nd Quarter 1934) pp.33, 34 – credits, review
  • Cinema Journal vol.41 no.4 (Summer 2002) pp.52-67 – illustrated article (Hollywood musicals and the invention of Rio de Janeiro, 1933-1953 by Bianca Freire-Medeiros)
  • Empire no.201 (March 2006) p.147 – illustrated DVD review (At Home/Movies: Box sets: Fred & Ginger Box Set (Four-disc version) by Sam Toy)
  • Kine Weekly no.1401 (22 February 1934)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.1 no.7 (August 1934) p.55
  • The Picturegoer vol.4 no.171 (1 September 1934) p.24
  • Sight & Sound Supplement no.14 (March 1948) p.7 – credits