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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:

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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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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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Lyrics by Jim Burris
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Comedy, Song and Dance, and Romance – what's not to like?
12 April 2010 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Most actors and performers excel in one field, with maybe a second very good talent. Bing Crosby could croon, and add a little tap or soft shoe. Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly could hoof up a storm, and often add a tune or melody. Frank Sinatra and others could sing, or play dramatic roles in films. Bob Hope and many other comics could toss in a little shuffle and/or tune with their comedy.

But, once in awhile, a multi-talent comes along — like Danny Kaye. He could sing and dance, cavort and crack tongue-twisters, play it straight, and just put life and zest into a film. Movie goers since the mid-20th century have seen Kaye perform some or many of his talents in various movies. But, in "On the Riviera," he displays the finest of all his many talents. The plot in this film wasn't new or intriguing for then or now, but it was just the right venue to allow Kaye to show us the best of all his talents.

Kaye's performance in a double role (impersonation) is far and away above that by actors in any other film (see Maurice Chevalier in "Folies Bergere de Paris," Yves Montand in "Let's Make Love," and Don Ameche in "That Night in Rio"). His comedic exchanges in this film are crisp as ever, and he shines in all his song and dance numbers, four of which were written and composed by his wife, Sylvia Fine, for this show. One particularly creative routine, "Popo the Puppet," lets Kaye show his exceptional physical versatility and talent as a dancer.

One of the great attributes of the talented Danny Kaye was his ability to bring out the best in his co-stars and fellow performers. That shows as well in the performances of all the fine cast in this film. What a great performer and entertainer this man was — and global humanitarian as well. What great fun and enjoyment for those of us who love all these aspects of entertainment.

I didn't always recognize the greatness of Kaye's talent. In my younger years, I liked the more manly figures or accomplished voices in films. But as I watch films not seen for decades, and as I look for the best of the music and musicals for my family film library, I see Kaye as the much bigger all around talent — and top entertainer — that he was.

If you like great entertainment with song, dance, comedy and romance, you'll love "On the Riviera."


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