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    Flying Down to Rio (RKO, 1933). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers burst onto the musical screen in 1933 in this early sound film doing their version of the "Carioca", and the world's most famous dance team, almost by accident, was born. The other highlight of this spectacular Merian C. Cooper produced musical is an incredible sequence - featuring the title tune - with hundreds of scantily-clad showgirls swinging and swaying while strapped onto the wings of biplanes as they fly over the South American city of Rio. It is one of the most outrageously brilliant numbers in movie musical history. Together with King Kong (also produced by Cooper), Flying Down to Rio saved the fledgling RKO Radio Studios from bankruptcy. The film was a smash everywhere it played, encouraging the studio to concoct future teamings of Astaire and Rogers. This wonderful stone litho one sheet features the fabulous airborne sequence with planes and girls galore. It is one of the rarest and most sought-after posters in the collecting hobby. Just a handful of copies of this U.S. domestic style of the sheet are known to exist. There also is an international variation of this poster of lesser quality printing, of which several have turned up. This poster is exceptional for its near pristine condition. Several other examples that have turned up have been censored by having additional clothing added to the body of the woman in the foreground. This unrestored poster has light crossfold separation, minor edge wear on the right border, and a light dust shadow on the top right border. Very Fine/Near Mint.



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