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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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$2,500,000 (USA)
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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 »

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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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Happy Ending
Written by Sylvia Fine
Performed by Danny Kaye (uncredited)
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Danny Kaye at his best
18 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't imagine why anyone would dislike this marvelous film. Danny Kaye does a superb job playing a double role, showing a subtlety of acting ability that some might not have thought he had. He is not, for once, cast like a complete fool. Don't get me wrong; he plays those parts well, and is often hysterically funny, as in The Inspector General and The Court Jester. In that picture he does get to play a part that is not a fool, as he is hypnotized into thinking himself a swashbuckling hero, but it is a role that calls for him to lampoon the part he is playing. In On The Riviera, however, he plays a genuine masterful leading male role: a millionaire French airplane manufacturer with a gorgeous wife who is worth the price of admission. His other role is a traditional Kaye role: an American comedian. The gimmick is that he is an almost perfect double for the suave French romantic lead. He really plays three roles, and the subtlety with which he distinguishes them is superb. He is the American comic, he is the French millionaire looking a little like Yves Montand, and he is the American comic successfully passing himself off as the millionaire, fooling the wife and the valet as well as the general public. The role reminds me of Yves Montand in Let's Make Love with Marilyn Monroe: he plays the millionaire and he plays a poor guy trying to break into show business by passing for the millionaire. All in all, a triumph for Danny Kaye, well decorated with gorgeous females.


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