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That Night in Rio (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 11 April 1941 (USA)
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 overview, first billed only:
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Larry Martin / Baron Duarte
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Carmen
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Penna
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Machado
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Salles
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Pierre
Bando da Lua ...
Carmen Miranda's Orchestra
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Pedro
Lillian Porter ...
Luiza
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Inez
Georges Renavent ...
Ambassador
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Alfonso (as Edward Conrad)
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Pereira
Flores Brothers Trio ...
Specialty Trio (as Flores Brothers)
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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

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11 April 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aquella noche en Río  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Don Ameche considered this his favorite screen role. See more »

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Baroness: [Larry has made a plan with the baroness to help her get even with her husband. Larry meets the baron in the hall, where he explains to the baron what his wife intended to do. Larry leaves, and the baron enters the room, where the baroness mistakes him for look-alike Larry] Oh, hurry! Hurry, I just saw his car in the driveway. Now, get ready. I expect him to come in any minute. He didn't see you, did he? Oh. A little closer, huh? No, no. Maybe you'd better take me in your arms. Oh, I'll show him...
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Edited into Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

The Conference
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Don Ameche
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Rapturous Entertainment
3 May 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

This is one of my absolute favorite Fox musicals, photographed in the studio's idiosyncratic garish Technicolor, featuring Carmen Miranda in her second American appearance; Alice Faye and Don Ameche in their last pairing. Ameche is in a double role: playing a Rio nightclub entertainer Larry Martin and a rich airline businessman Baron Duarte.

"That Night in Rio" starts explosively with Miranda's entertainingly flashy number "Chicka Chicka Boom Chick" in Rio. Then Carmen's boyfriend Martin enters while riding a car. After hordes of couples dance to Carmen's colorful spectacle, Baron Duarte and his wife Baroness (Alice Faye) arrive. Martin announces he is going to impersonate the Baron. In a musical number, he does it brilliantly. The Baron is very impressed and goes off to backstage to meet him and Carmen. While he is in backstage, Martin courts the Baroness and does another fine Duarte impression. But Martin doesn't know the Baron is in real financial trouble. A few days after that night in Rio, the Baron leaves for Buenos Aires. Martin is secretly hired by the Baron's associates to replace him, so his rivals in the airline business won't notice his absence. Martin not only replaces the Baron, he again courts and romances the Baroness. Many funny and ingenious complications follow.

"That Night in Rio" continues the trend started in "Down Argentine Way"

  • pleasant romancing in exotic Latin locales, galvanized by Technicolor


and Carmen Miranda. Alice Faye was supposed to star "Down Argentine Way" but due to illness, the lead role went to Betty Grable. Now, Faye got her lead in "That Night in Rio". I don't think it is near "Hello, Frisco, Hello" (my favorite Faye musical) but there are a lot to enjoy in "That night In Rio".

Miranda especially is very funny. Her quarrels with Ameche, her Brazilian accent ("You is a low down, no good ham!"), and her dance numbers (particularly "Ay, yai, yai, yai, yai, I like you very much") are entertaining & rapturous.


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