Flying Down to Rio
Directed by Thornton Freeland. Dolores Del Rio, Gene Raymond, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Fred and Ginger put their heads together for the first time to "Carioca.” They are the sparkly comedy couple mirroring the conventional romance, between buff blond bandleader Gene Raymond and orchidaceous Dolores Del Rio. There are gratuitous flying scenes (including the finale, where high-kicking, high-heeled chorines are fastened onto airplane wings for the nutty title song) since the producer was a major Pan-American Airlines stockholder. Enjoy Pre-Code staples like racy songs (and racier dance numbers) gratuitous undressing scenes (although this time with the hero and not the heroine) and double-entendre dialogue. Stereotyped portrayals of blacks and Latinos are satisfying confounded and Franklin Pangbourne gets plenty of screen-time for his "sissy" character, all soon to be banned.
NO CLOSED CAPTIONING (Hearing-impaired)
NO AUDIO DESCRIPTION (Visual-impaired)
Wednesday, June 17