Entertainment Weekly - 11/10/2006
"[The film] springs alive for 'The Carioca,' possibly the duo's sexiest dance." -- Grade: B
This is the first of the famous Astaire-Rogers musicals, about an American bandleader who romances a pretty South American socialite on two continents. The highlights are a production number on the wings of a moving airplane, and, of course, the overall chemistry between the two stars, which we were soon to see much, much more of.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Flying Down to Rio
When a marriage-shy girl falls in love with her psychoanalyst, the result is one of the wittiest, most enjoyable of all the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers classics! Add great dance numbers, Rogers' deft comic timing, and a score by the legendary Irving Berlin, and you have a true film treasure. The story revolves around the fickle Amanda Cooper (Rogers) who has postponed her wedding so often that her fianci (Ralph Bellamy) sends her best friend Tony Flagg (Astaire), a psychoanalyst, to treat her. In spite of hypnosis and assorted other wacky attempts at remedies, Amanda falls in love with Tony, and the rest is musical-comedy history. The dance numbers, choreographed by Astaire and Hermes Pan, a dazzling beyond belief particularly Astaire's astonishing golf-routine!
Songs include: "Music Makes Me," "Carioca," "Orchids in the Moonlight," "Flying Down to Rio."
"Flying Down to Rio" marks the first screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."