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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>

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HEAR THOSE TANTALIZING GORDON and WARREN TUNES! (original print media ad - mostly caps) See more »

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

11 April 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Noite no Rio  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original play, "The Red Cat" by Hans Adler, opened in New York on 19 September 1934. It had a brief run of 13 performances. Fox Studios head Darryl F. Zanuck financed the play's brief Broadway production so he could purchase the movie rights. In 1935, Zanuck used the play as the basis for the movie Folies Bergère de Paris (1935), starring Maurice Chevalier. Following That Night in Rio (1941), Fox Studios again used the play as the basis for On the Riviera (1951), starring Danny Kaye. See more »

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Edited into Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Carmen Miranda
Copyright 1941
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Very familiar.
7 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

As I read the synopsis of "That Night in Rio", I immediately realized it was the same plot as the Danny Kaye film "On the Riviera"--which I've already seen. And, originally (back in 1935) it was "Folies Bergère de Paris"--which I've also seen! Apparently, the studio REALLY liked the plot and all these were filmed within 15 years!

Carmen Miranda was an odd phenomenon of the 1940s. Seen today, I am sure many folks wonder HOW she got to be a big star with 20th Century-Fox. She was, like Disco, something that made sense at the time. Today, you wonder how this odd rubber-faced Brazilian lady with fruit salad on her head got to be one of the highest paid ladies at the studio! This isn't meant as an insult--I liked her in some films (especially "Copacabana"). But she is a totally odd and unique personality that I just don't quite understand--and I am sure I'm not alone on this one! Miss Miranda was in this film--which makes sense as it's set in Brazil--though her presence in other Latin American locales did seem a bit more difficult to believe (such as Argentina and Cuba).

Don Ameche is the star of this film--and he's supported by both Miranda and Alice Faye. He plays dual roles--that of a nightclub entertainer (Larry Martin) and the Baron Duarte. Larry is called to impersonate the Baron--and this creates two problems. First, he's falling in love with the Baron's wife (Faye) and his girlfriend (Miranda) has gotten wind of this. You have to just go with this and accept the cliché of the identical stranger that was VERY common in Hollywood films--because if you think about it too much it will make your head explode! Although the film is a remake, it does have a few things going for it. First, the color print is very nice and the film obviously had a rahter high budget--so it LOOKS good. Second, Don Ameche does a great job in both roles--with a credible accent and it was great seeing him switch from a South American to an American so quickly. But, regardless, it STILL is a remake--and the plot is very, very creaky! Worth seeing and enjoyable (probably a bit more so than the two other versions) but far from a must-see.


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