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That Night in Rio (1941)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  11 April 1941 (USA)
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An entertainer in Rio impersonates a wealthy aristocrat. When the aristocrat's wife asks him to carry the impersonation further, complications ensue.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Baroness Cecilia Duarte
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Impersonator Larry Martin / Baron Manuel Duarte
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Carmen
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Arthur Penna
J. Carrol Naish ...
Machado
Curt Bois ...
Felicio Salles
Leonid Kinskey ...
Monsieur Pierre Dufond
Bando da Lua ...
Themselves, Carmen Miranda's Orchestra
Frank Puglia ...
Pedro, Manuel's Valet
Lillian Porter ...
Luiza, Cecilia's Maid
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Inez
Georges Renavent ...
Ambassador
Eddie Conrad ...
Alfonso, Larry's Dresser (as Edward Conrad)
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Pereira, the Headwaiter
Flores Brothers Trio ...
Specialty Trio
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An entertainer in Rio impersonates a wealthy aristocrat. When the aristocrat's wife asks him to carry the impersonation further, complications ensue. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Have a rendezvous with music and gaiety ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Release Date:

11 April 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Noite no Rio  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The sixth and final teaming of Don Ameche and Alice Faye. See more »


Soundtracks

The Conference
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Don Ameche
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3 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MGM musicals may have been more extravagant, but 20th Century Fox musicals are the most fun. In "That Night in Rio," in order to save a business deal, a look-alike actor (Don Ameche) is hired to impersonate a baron (Don Ameche) who is out of town trying to raise money. The Baron is married to Cecilia (Alice Faye) but in name only; they go their separate ways. When the actor takes over, with Faye's knowledge, he is extremely attentive, to the consternation of his girlfriend (Carmen Miranda).

This is a cute story, nothing new about it, but it is done in an amusing way. At one point, the Baron returns from his trip early, and the two Barons are in a room at the same time. They keep switching back and forth while talking to a businessman. The businessman, convinced someone else is in the room after hearing noises behind a screen and seeing the screen move, decides to continue the conversation in French. The actor, of course, can't speak it, so has to say oui, oui throughout. It's very funny. Also, the businessman searches behind the screen - the actor walks from behind the screen and into the room while the Baron goes the opposite way meets the businessman behind the screen and says, "See?" indicating there is no one there.

The cast is the typical Fox musical cast - by 1941, Tyrone Power was no longer doing musicals, so it's Ameche, Faye, and Carmen Miranda. Miranda is very funny and outlandishly dressed as usual; Faye sings well and looks lovely, although she seems stuffed into a gold gown.

There is plenty of music - in fact, the whole beginning is one number after another. Miranda sings a couple of her standards: "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)," and "Chica Chica Boom Chic." Ameche and Faye sing "Boa Noite" and "They Met in Rio" - and there are plenty of production numbers.

Wonderfully entertaining.


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