This adaptation of Florenz Ziegfeld's 1927 stage hit was the film debut of the comedy team Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, who had starred in the play. They repeated their success in this half-color, half-black-and-white movie that grossed a fortune at the box office and was one of the
first musical spectaculars ever done. Bebe Daniels also made her sound film debut after having played in several Harold Lloyd comedies while still a teenager. John Boles, who had a wonderful singing voice, was on his way to becoming a matinee idol. Shot in only 24 days, RIO RITA was built around a
slender plot--indeed, plot is the least of its assets. Boles is a Texas Ranger in purs...