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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.


Irving Cummings


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Faye ... Baroness Duarte
Don Ameche ... Larry Martin / Baron Duarte
Carmen Miranda ... Carmen
S.Z. Sakall ... Penna
J. Carrol Naish ... Machado
Curt Bois ... Salles
Leonid Kinskey ... Pierre
Bando da Lua Bando da Lua ... Carmen Miranda's Orchestra
Frank Puglia ... Pedro
Lillian Porter Lillian Porter ... Luiza
Maria Montez ... Inez
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Ambassador
Eddie Conrad ... Alfonso (as Edward Conrad)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Pereira
Flores Brothers Trio Flores Brothers Trio ... Specialty Trio (as Flores Brothers)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Have a rendezvous with music and gaiety ! See more »


Comedy | Musical


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English | Portuguese

Release Date:

11 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquella noche en Río See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The sixth and final teaming of Don Ameche and Alice Faye. See more »


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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Chica Chica Boom Chic
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Portuguese Lyrics by Pedro Berrios
Sung by Don Ameche and Carmen Miranda
Copyright 1941
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The Brazilian Bombshell shines brightest in this very worthwhile night in Rio
13 November 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As a lifelong fan of musicals, and who tries to find merit in even the lesser/worst ones, 'That Night in Rio' is a more than worthwhile one. No classic, hardly a stinker, instead very entertaining.

Its weak point is the story, which is not much of one and is more an excuse to string along the songs and production numbers together. When there is signs of a story, there is a constant recycled feel and plausibility is cast to the wind and thrown out the window. People always argue about whether one should see musicals for the story, there are numerous times where it doesn't but it does depend on how well done everything else is.

There is actually very little to dislike about 'That Night in Rio' and everything else is done very well indeed, and more, but with so much effort put into everything else it was a shame that the effort doesn't really translate in the story and it sticks out like a sore thumb. SZ Sakall and J Carroll Naish, while still good, deserved more to do in quite limited and clichéd roles, Sakall especially is very close to wasted.

However, 'That Night in Rio' looks great, with beautiful production values and costumes, luminous photography and lavish colour. The sets are obviously back lot-bound and the lack of evocative Rio locations to lust after is somewhat of a disappointment, the good news is that the sets are still very handsomely constructed, colourful and pleasing. The songs are lively, full of energy and truly lovely to listen to, "Boa Nite" is a beautiful romantic song but Carmen Miranda's exuberant and riotous "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)" and "Chica Chica Boom Chic" stand out the most.

Script-wise, 'That Night in Rio' is witty and the romantic aspects are adorable and charming, always on the right side of charm and sweetness without laying it on too thick with the sugar and sentiment. The film never loses its energy thanks to the songs, production numbers and the cast, despite the story threatening to grind things to a halt which luckily it never quite does.

Don Ameche plays his two roles with dashing charm, elegance and witty bravado, and Alice Faye has energy and substance. Shining brightest is none other than "The Brazilian Bombshell" or "The Chiquita Banana Girl" (the one and only) Carmen Miranda, whose delightful presence is the bees knees and makes the jaw drop.

All in all, a very worthwhile night in Rio especially for Miranda. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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