On the Riviera (1951)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  May 1951 (USA)
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An American entertainer impersonates a wealthy aviator and flirts with his lookalike's neglected wife.



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Complete credited cast:
Corinne Calvet ...
Philippe Lebrix
Felix Periton
Henri Letondal ...
Louis Foral
Clinton Sundberg ...
Sig Ruman ...
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Mimi (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Monique Chantal ...
Marina Koshetz ...
Mme. Louise Cornet


Jack Martin (Danny Kaye), an American entertainer working cabarets on the French Riviera, does an impersonation of philandering industrialist Henri Duran (Kaye, again) so convincingly that even Duran's beautiful wife (Gene Tierney) is fooled by it. When Duran's business interests compel him to be in London when he should be hosting a large soiree at his home, Martin is persuaded to impersonate Duran at the party. But matters threaten to get out of hand when Martin (as Duran) is confronted by several of the philanderer's women, and by Duran's ruthless business rival, M. Periton (Jean Murat). Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

May 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aan de Riviera  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the third film to be based on the 1934 stage play "The Red Cat" by Hans Adler. In 1934 Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck financed a brief Broadway run (13 performances) of the play so he could acquire the movie rights to it. The first film version of the play was L'homme des Folies Bergère (1935), starring Maurice Chevalier in the dual leading role. The film was remade as That Night in Rio (1941), with Don Ameche in the dual leading role, and Carmen Miranda as his former girlfriend. In this film Danny Kaye does impressions of Chevalier and Miranda, the stars of the two previous films. See more »


When Danny Kaye changes costumes in his cabaret act, he puts on a Scottish kilt, but he puts it on backwards. Scottish kilts are always worn with the pleats in the back; Danny's are in the front. See more »


Version of That Night in Rio (1941) See more »


Happy Ending
Written by Sylvia Fine
Performed by Danny Kaye (uncredited)
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On the Riviera
8 June 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Kaye won a Golden Globe for his great performance in dual roles as a military giant and an entertainer who tries to win the love of Gene Tierney. A fun filled musical comedy with great dancing and the always unstoppable Kaye, doing what he does best.

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