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On the Riviera (1951)

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

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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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May 1951 (USA)  »

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Aan de Riviera  »

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$2,500,000 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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

Soundtracks

Ballin' the Jack
(1913) (uncredited)
Music by Chris Smith
Lyrics by Jim Burris
Performed by Danny Kaye and band
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Beautiful style, women and songs highlight Danny Kaye
19 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is nothing new about Danny Kaye playing a dual role, however, there is nothing wrong about it either. To observe the delightful manner in which he almost distorts the language, while playing a puppet is always a joy. The added charms of Silvia Fine's skill at twisting the words while allowing her husband to remain twisted in the puppet strings is fun. Only Danny possessed the tongue to deliver such new-fangled words. Watch out, did you recognize Gwen Verdon? She is there all right! Those legs can not be missed, although her beautiful voice is dubbed right out of the movie. The best line of this film has to be, "Mnnnn" with the impersonator unable to say either yes or no to the business mogul's demands, thus increasing the bid ever higher. Did Gene sleep with her husband or with the actor? To this day, I still don't know, and that was a sexy idea to develop. Three cheers for it.


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