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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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Complete credited cast:
... Jack Martin / Henri Duran
... Lili Duran
... Colette
... Philippe Lebrix
... Felix Periton
Henri Letondal ... Louis Foral
... Antoine
... Gapeaux
... Mimi (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Monique Chantal ... Minette
... Mme. Louise Cornet
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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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Aan de Riviera  »

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$2,500,000
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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 »

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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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Version of Folies Bergère de Paris (1935) See more »

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Rhythm of a New Romance
Written by Sylvia Fine
Performed by Danny Kaye (uncredited)
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enjoyable movie, and with Gene Tierney
30 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

My axiom is that any movie featuring Gene Tierney deserves to be viewed, and "On the Riviera" is one of them. The plot is a moderately funny comedy of errors, with Danny Kaye in the roles of an American cabaret-entertainer and of his double, a French hero-aviator. The acting is generally good. The photography is accurate, with bright, spirit-raising colors, worthy of the beauties of the Cote d' Azur (but the movie appears to have been largely made elsewhere). Kaye performs a number of nice, though longish, ballets. Gene Tierney has the opportunity to show her talent just in one scene, when she is uncertain whether she has slept with her actual husband, the pilot, or with his American double (by the way: a bit salacious situation for the early fifties, isn't it?). With her usual professionalism, Gene doesn't steal the show to the pretty Corinne Calvet, who in fact has a larger role. In any case, as soon as Gene appears on the screen, the movie soars: the splendor of her eyes obscures the sky and sea of Provence. After all, "On the Riviera" is an enjoyable movie, especially for fans of old classics.


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