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Road to Rio

1947 movie poster
Directed by Norman McLeod
Produced by Daniel Dare
Written by Edmund Beloin
Jack Rose
Starring Bing Crosby
Bob Hope
Dorothy Lamour
Gale Sondergaard
Frank Faylen
Music by Robert Emmett Dolan
Cinematography Ernest Laszlo
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) December 25, 1947
Running time 100 min
Country U.S.
Language English
Preceded by Road to Utopia
Followed by Road to Bali

Road to Rio is a 1947 comedy film, directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Bing Crosby as Scat Sweeney, Bob Hope as "Hot Lips" Barton, and Dorothy Lamour as Lucia Maria de Andrade. It was the fifth of the "Road to..." series.

Scat Sweeney, and Hot Lips Barton, two out of work musicians, stow away on board a Rio-bound ship, after accidentally starting some fires at a circus. They then get mixed up with the distraught Lucia, who first thanks them, then unexpectedly turns them over to the ship's captain. When they find out that she has been hypnotized to go through a marriage of convenience when the ship reaches Rio, the boys turn up at the ceremony in order to stop the wedding and to help catch the crooks.

Hope's frequent sidekick Jerry Colonna has a cameo as the leader of a cavalry charging to the rescue of Bing and Bob, as the film cuts away to the galloping horses periodically. All is resolved before Colonna can arrive. "Exciting, though... wasn't it?!"


  • "You Don't Have To Know The Language", performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
  • "Experience", by Dorothy Lamour
  • "But Beautiful", Bing Crosby
  • "Apalachicola, Fla.", Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
  • "For What?", Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
  • "Diz Que Tem", performed by Marquita Rivera

All lyrics by Johnny Burke, and music by Jimmy Van Heusen.


The film's copyright was renewed in a timely manner by an associate of the film's owner.

Originally registered for copyright as LP1171 with a declared publication date of August 25, 1947, the continuation of copyright was contingent upon renewal between the 27th and 28th anniversaries of that date. Renewal occurred July 25, 1975, number R610335. The film opened February 19, 1948, so the renewal is still timely even if that later date were considered publication date.

The copyright is now scheduled to run until 95 years after the publication date (2042). The renewal form names as authors Hope Enterprises and Bing Crosby Enterprises, which were partners when the film was produced. As it turned out, the copyright (which never expired, and thus the film never entered the public domain) was re-assigned to Columbia Pictures Television--Columbia and LBS Communications (which formed the joint venture Colex Enterprises) assumed the rights to this film from Hope Enterprises, and re-released the film to television in the 1980s.

Today, CPT and what is now FremantleMedia hold ancillary rights, with FremantleMedia holding the video license. Any DVD release from a company not licensed by FremantleMedia violates the copyright, which continues to credit CPT as the copyright holder, as evidenced by recent video releases by BCI Eclipse.

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