Dinner at the Ritz

Dinner at the Ritz

Director: Harold D. Schuster

Cast: Annabella, Paul Lukas, David Niven

     
 

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Filmed in Paris and along the French Riviera, Dinner at the Ritz afforded David Niven the chance to play his first starring role. As Paul de Brack, he is a government agent and playboy and is quite at home among the elite set, whether in England or France. This comes in handy when he falls in with Ranie Racine (Annabella), a gay Paris socialite and the daughterSee more details below

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Filmed in Paris and along the French Riviera, Dinner at the Ritz afforded David Niven the chance to play his first starring role. As Paul de Brack, he is a government agent and playboy and is quite at home among the elite set, whether in England or France. This comes in handy when he falls in with Ranie Racine (Annabella), a gay Paris socialite and the daughter of a recently murdered financier. The father's death has been ruled a suicide, but Ranie refuses to accept this. As the man assigned to investigate the banker's death, Paul accompanies Ranie on a series of undercover investigations that take them to Monte Carlo and London. Along the way, they discover the truth about a serious banking scandal, as well as evidence that the man responsible for Racine's death may be someone close to Ranie.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Considering the cast that it has going for it, Dinner at the Ritz should be a much better film that it actually is. As things stand, Dinner is passable fare, but it should be much tastier. After all, it has as its star Annabella, who is certainly a tasty dish and capable of giving a delicious performance. Perhaps because it was still early in her English-language film career, but the one-named actress doesn't really get her star quality across here. She's gorgeous, yes, and has the appropriate glamour, but she's a bit flat in places and overheated in others. Granted, she's working at a disadvantage, as too much of the screenplay doesn't give her real meat to work from. The plot is fine, if a bit strained at times, and there are flashes of wit; but it doesn't offer sustained amusement and involvement, and the characters don't leap off the screen as one wants them to. Harold D. Schuster's direction is uneven, but he hits a few moments spot-on. David Niven is charming and suave and could easily have walked through a part like this; but he doesn't, and the film is the better for it. Paul Lukas handles his chores well, and Nora Swinburne walks off with a scene or two. The film's biggest asset, however, is probably its European lensing, which is a rare treat for a film of the period.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2004
UPC:
0796019621991
Original Release:
1937
Source:
Genius Entertainment
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:17:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Annabella Ranie Racine
Paul Lukas Baron Philippe de Beaufort
David Niven Paul de Brack
Romney Brent Jimmy Raine
Francis L. Sullivan Brogard
Stewart Rome Racine
Nora Swinburne Lady Railton
Tyrell Davis Duval
Frederick Leister Tarade
William Dewhurst Devine
Vivienne Chatterton Marthe
Ronald Shiner Sidney
Raymond Huntley Gibout
Ralph Truman Auctioneer
O.B. Clarence Messenger
Frederick Culley Actor
Patricia Medina Actor

Technical Credits
Harold D. Schuster Director
Romney Brent Screenwriter
James B. Clark Editor
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Kane Producer
Roland Pertwee Screenwriter
Lee Sims Score Composer
Philip Tannura Cinematographer

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