Rio (1939 film)

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Rio (1939 film) poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Brahm
Written by Stephen Morehouse Avery
Aben Kandel
Edwin Justus Mayer
Frank Partos
Story by Jean Negulesco
Starring Basil Rathbone
Victor McLaglen
Music by Charles Previn
Frank Skinner (uncredited)
Cinematography Hal Mohr
Edited by Philip Cahn
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • September 29, 1939 (1939-09-29) (USA)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Rio is a 1939 American film directed by John Brahm, starring Basil Rathbone and Victor McLaglen.[1]


French financier Paul Reynard (Rathbone) is sentenced to a ten-year term in a South American penal colony for bank fraud. His wife Irene (Gurie) and Paul's faithful servant Dirk (McLaglen) travel to Rio de Janeiro to arrange for Paul's escape. But once she's landed in the Brazilian capital, Irene falls in love with American engineer Bill Gregory (Cummings). After his escape Paul realizes that he's lost his wife forever to a better man. Seeking revenge, he prepares to shoot Bill in cold blood, but Dirk intervenes and kills Reynard instead.



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