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Dinner at the Ritz (1937)

The daughter of a murdered financier is working as a jewelry salesperson while she tracks those among her father's colleagues who plotted against him.

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Harold D. Schuster

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Roland Pertwee (scenario), Roland Pertwee (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Annabella ... Ranie Racine
David Niven ... Paul de Brack
Paul Lukas ... Baron Philip de Beaufort
Romney Brent ... Jimmy Raine
Francis L. Sullivan ... Brogard
Stewart Rome ... Racine
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Tarade
William Dewhurst ... Devine
Tyrell Davis ... Duval (as Tyrrell Davis)
Vivienne Chatterton Vivienne Chatterton ... Marthe
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Sydney
Nora Swinburne ... Lady Railton
Raymond Huntley ... Gibout
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Auctioneer
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The daughter of a murdered financier is working as a jewelry salesperson while she tracks those among her father's colleagues who plotted against him.

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ANNABELLA whose loveliness swept her to overnight stardom...in a picture as tensely exciting as she is excitingly lovely! See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...heute Abend - Hotel Ritz See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its first documented telecasts in Los Angeles Sunday 2 October 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Detroit Sunday 23 October 1949 on WWJ (Channel 4), and in New York City Friday 24 February 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Within An Environment Of Class.
27 August 2005 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

This smoothly paced English made work has many advantages going: capable direction that includes thoroughgoing competence with editing processes, a talented internationally flavoured cast, striking settings, of which many are in Paris and along the French Riviera, a comedic yet accessible screenplay, and top-flight design of costumes and interiors for each scene. Beautiful Annabella has top billing as Ranie Racine whose financier father, despite his ostensible suicide, has to her mind been murdered, and in an attempt to determine the actual cause of her sire's death, Ranie links up with Paul de Brack, a British government agent seeking identical information (David Niven with his initial starring part in a major feature), the two formulating various undercover ploys during which they come upon a large banking scandal while, naturally, facing the pleasant bother of falling in love. Elegance is the keynote of the film, with the gowns and other costuming of René Hubert being specially effective in its fostering, while a Monte Carlo casino, a luxurious Mediterranean yacht belonging to a probable principal in the mentioned scandal, in addition to concordant venues, are harmoniously complemented by the breezy dialogue penned by Roland Pertwee with additions from Romney Brent who also plays as a journalist following along the same trail as are Ranie and Paul. From the cast come numerous fine performances, Annabella earning acting honours for her vivid turn as an amateur detective, and there are telling contributions from Francis L. Sullivan and Tyrell Davis, representatives of the Forces of Evil, Shakespearian player William Dewhurst as an enigmatic jeweller who aids Ranie with adornment for her disguises, radiant Nora Swinburne, who not surprisingly steals her two brief scenes and, ever at ease among the elite, Niven may not be overlooked in this pleasant cinematic soufflé.


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