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This zesty, zingy Pre-Code fun machine was designed as a vehicle for haute leading lady Dolores Del Rio and towheaded Gene Raymond—but it was fourth- and fifth-billed Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire who ran away with the show. Her wiseacre brass proved a perfect foil for his droll elegance, and when they hit the dance floor for the sizzling “Carioca,” celluloid history was cemented. Don’t bother with plot; just delight in the slangy innuendo, jazzy musical numbers, and outré optical effects—all leading up to the high-flying Dadaism of the finale, in which a bevy of chorines shimmy on the wings of airplanes soaring over South America.