Cinema: The New Pictures: Oct. 9, 1939

Rio (Universal) is a bravely reburnished, expertly tinkered new version of an old story that looks like a trailer for Hollywood's current economy complex.*

When big-time Swindler Paul Reynard (Basil Rathbone) muffs that million-pound loan in London, his fussy French creditors threaten him with jail. Without batting a basilisk eye or ruffling a hair over his sinister profile, Swindler Paul explains to them that he forged the securities they hold for his prior loans; if they do not lend him 100,000,000 francs more, he will ruin them. This bit of blackmail lands Paul in...

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