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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.

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Valentine Davies (screen play), Phoebe Ephron (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Danny Kaye ... Jack Martin / Henri Duran
Gene Tierney ... Lili Duran
Corinne Calvet ... Colette
Marcel Dalio ... Philippe Lebrix
Jean Murat ... Felix Periton
Henri Letondal Henri Letondal ... Louis Foral
Clinton Sundberg ... Antoine
Sig Ruman ... Gapeaux
Joyce Mackenzie ... Mimi (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Monique Chantal Monique Chantal ... Minette
Marina Koshetz ... Mme. Louise Cornet
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

May 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aan de Riviera See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The painting of Gene Tierney over the fireplace is, of course, the famous portrait of her from the black-and-white noir classic Laura (1944). It is the only opportunity to see the legendary painting in color. 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 »

Connections

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

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Popo the Puppet
Written by Sylvia Fine
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The story is too old and too familiar.
5 May 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Red Cat" was a Broadway play. It was back Darryl Zanuck and brought to the screen almost immediately as "Folies Bergère de Paris" and then, within a short time, remade it as "A Night in Rio" and now here in "On the Riviera"! And, if that isn't enough, the basic story idea of this script is very familiar--using one of Hollywood's oldest clichés--the 'identical stranger'. Like "The Prisoner of Zenda" and "The Prince and the Pauper", this movie hinges on the audience accepting that this is possible. In other words, if you can't accept this, the film will be rough sailing.

In this version, the lead is played by the talented Danny Kaye--who sings and dances up a storm. Now if you like singing and dancing, you're in luck. If you don't, then once again it will be rough sailing. My problems is that I am not a huge musical fan. There are, of course, exceptions. Kaye plays dual roles--a singer/dancer as well as a famous French aviator. The humor begins, such as it is, when the aviator is in London and he's needed in Paris--so, reluctantly, the actor/dancer is paid to pretend to be the aviator. The acting is quite good but the story is just too old and too familiar to make the story anything other than a time-passer.

By the way, while I wasn't all that impressed by this film, I must say that the special features on the DVD for the film are terrific--and actually make watching it worth while. I especially liked "The Rivera Story", as it showed side-by-side comparisons of the three films--and they were often word-for-word the same picture.


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