Flying Down to Rio

Synopsis: Aviator and band leader Roger Bond is forever getting his group fired for flirting with the lady guests. When he falls for Brazilian beauty Belinha de Rezende it appears to be for real, even though she is already engaged. His Yankee Clippers band is hired to open the new Hotel Atlântico in Rio and Roger offers to fly Belinha part way home. After a mechanical breakdown and forced landing, Roger is confident and makes his move, but Belinha plays hard to get. She can't seem to decide between Roger and her fiance Júlio. When performing the airborne production number to mark the Hotel's opening, Júlio gets some intriguing ideas...
Director(s): Thornton Freeland
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

songwriting and leading orchestras...

...that he could name his own figure.

He could name mine any time.

You know, if a Brazilian girl

was half as interested in him as you are...

...and had half your freedom...


- She'd what?

- She'd get him over here, just for you.

- Oh, yeah?

You mean, she'd try?

Watch me.

Oh, Rog.

What is he doing now?

He just fell into the trombone.

You'd better have a heart, Belinha.

You'll break up the whole orchestra.

Whenever a Brazilian girl starts something,

she must finish it.

- Yes, madam?

- A pencil.


Thank you.

Remember the dog food.

And it was the kind

they made out of fish.

Mr. Bond?

For you, sir.

From the lady, sir. The dark one.

After all, look at her.

What have I got to lose?

Only 20 jobs.

Since when is dancing a familiarity?

Perhaps it's a formal resignation.

She's smiling at him.

What have these South Americans got

below the equator that we haven't?

- Excuse me, sir...

- Tell Senhora De Rezende...

...that her niece is dancing

with the orchestra leader.

Hurry, please.

Oh, waiter, tell De Rezende

that Belinha is dancing with a musician.

- Yes, sir.

- Go on. Make it snappy.

Here, boy, tell Rezende

the kid is dancing with the drummer.

Okay, pop.

Tell the old sea lion that baby

is hoofing with a piccolo player.

- Oh, madam. Oh, madam.

- Yes?

Mademoiselle is going in a big way

for a gigolo.

Belinha? A gigolo?

My niece.

Is it possible?

The flower of the womanhood of the

Alves Lima De Castro Pimenta De Rezende.

Isn't it terrible?


- This is my aunt.

- Oh, how do you do?

My niece thanks you for your politeness,

young man.

She will not require

any more of your services this afternoon.

Is the usual rate higher?

I am not familiar with such matters.

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Cyril Hume

Cyril Hume (March 16, 1900 – March 26, 1966) was an American novelist and screenwriter. Hume was a graduate of Yale University, where he edited campus humor magazine The Yale Record. He was an editor of the collection The Yale Record Book of Verse: 1872-1922 (1922). He wrote for 29 films between 1924 and 1966, including Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), Flying Down to Rio (1933), The Great Gatsby (1949), Tokyo Joe (1949) and Forbidden Planet (1956). Hume died on March 26, 1966, just 10 days after his 66th birthday, at his home in Palos Verdes, California, and was buried in the Whispering Pines section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale. more…

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