Review: ‘Rio Rita’

Ziegfeld's [1927] stage Rio Rita [with songs by Harry Tierney and Joe McCarthy], from which the screenplay was adapted, had a national fame but played comparatively little territory in the legit.

Ziegfeld’s [1927] stage Rio Rita [with songs by Harry Tierney and Joe McCarthy], from which the screenplay was adapted, had a national fame but played comparatively little territory in the legit.

The picture is in black-and-white except for the ballroom portion, handsomely colored by Technicolor.

In casting, the picture is perfect, with the paralyzer Bebe Daniels. She hogs the talker, although anyone will agree that John Boles as the ranger captain is entitled to a word of credit, both for a splendid canned voice and his playing.

In comedy it’s Bert Wheeler first, with Robert Woolsey next, while Dorothy Lee stands second to Daniels. Wheeler and Woolsey are the only members of the stage company on the screen. George Renevant as the heavy General Ravenoff does a good villain.

The story is familiar, that of a captain of the Texan Rangers seeking a bandit over the border and falling in love, with the attendant incidents, sometimes melodramatic.

Rio Rita

Production

RKO. Director Luther Reed; Producer William LeBaron; Screenplay Luther Reed; Music Harry Tierney

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1929. Running time: 135 MIN.

With

Bebe Daniels John Boles Bert Wheeler Robert Woolsey Dorothy Lee George Renevant
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