In 1929 a two-color talking comedy film version of Flo Ziegfield's stage musical was named one of the ten best films of the year. It starred 28-year-old actress/singer/dancer Bebe Daniels (1901-71) and male lead John Boles. Item #46485
Unsigned original pencil sketch, heavy stock 5"X 8", n.p., n.y. Very good. Lightly and evenly age toned, with faint horizontal fold at center. While the legendary and prolific Oscar-winning film costume designer Walter Plunkett (1902-82) created the costumes for "Rio Rita," the rough pencil sketch here offered is far from a finished costume drawing, merely representing a quick and crude sketch of a full-length female figure in flashy floor-length gown and headdress, with letters ("R" for red, "B" for black) and numbers assigned to aid construction. To right of figure is pencilled "Bebe / Daniels / as / Rio Rita," at lower right is noted "red silk / black silk" for materials, and at upper right the headdress verso is lightly sketched and notes "seam" and "Black lace." Given the coarse, primitive nature of this sketch it's impossible to assign authorship to Plunkett. It clearly represents a production drawing for the costume department made for in-house use only. Highly unusual bit of film history, in any case.