On the Riviera

On the Riviera

Director: Walter Lang

Cast: Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet

     
 

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On the Riviera is a remake of 1941's Weekend in Havana, which in turn was a remake of 1934's Folies Bergere. The plot remains the same in all three incarnations: for business purposes, a nightclub entertainer is coerced into posing as his look-alike, a powerful financier/aviator. This time it's Danny Kaye who essays the dual role of AmericanSee more details below

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On the Riviera is a remake of 1941's Weekend in Havana, which in turn was a remake of 1934's Folies Bergere. The plot remains the same in all three incarnations: for business purposes, a nightclub entertainer is coerced into posing as his look-alike, a powerful financier/aviator. This time it's Danny Kaye who essays the dual role of American cabaret comedian Jack Martin and French financial wizard Henri Duran. While impersonating Duran, Martin is forced to make amorous advances towards Duran's neglected wife (Gene Tierney), proving himself the better lover in the process. Meanwhile, Martin must mollify his genuine sweetheart (and nightclub partner) Collette (Corinne Calvet) without revealing his ruse. A little too top-heavy in the plot department, On the Riviera must be regarded as a second-echelon Danny Kaye vehicle, though Sylvia Fine's specialty numbers -- especially the eerily autobiographical "Popo the Puppet" -- are well up to standard. One of the uncredited specialty dancers is future Broadway star Gwen Verdon.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
On the Riviera is the third film version of a rather forgotten 1931 stage play. The material really is not strong enough to have deserved so many filmings, but this 1951 version is justified due to the presence of Danny Kaye in the lead. Indeed, it's a part that could have originally been written with Kaye in mind, had he been a star performer at the time. Kaye is playing dual roles, two people from different backgrounds who share an amazing physical similarity. It's a familiar set-up, and one which Kaye had exploited onscreen previously, but the comic attacks the part as if it were fresh ground. The tongue-twisted devil is a delight throughout, taking shtick that shouldn't work after having been done so many times and imbuing it with a freshness that makes it seem newly minted. He gets some lovely support from Gene Tierney and Corinne Calvet, and Jack Cole supplies some dandy dance moments (sometimes featuring a young Gwen Verdon.) As usual with a Kaye project, the star's wife, Sylvia Fine, supplies a few musical numbers which, if not outstanding musically, are extremely well-tailored to the comic's unique talents. The "Popo the Puppet" number is especially noteworthy. Walter Lang directs with a dash of style and a steady eye on the star, and the production design is quite good.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2013
UPC:
0024543888109
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
20,793

Special Features

The Riviera story: a remarkable inpersonation; A portrait of Danny Kaye; The Jack of clubs: choreographer Jack Cole

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Kaye Henri Duran,Jack Martin
Gene Tierney Lilli
Corinne Calvet Colette
Marcel Dalio Philippe Lebrix
Jean Murat Periton
Sig Rumann Gepesux,Gapeaux
Henri Letondal Louis Foral
Clinton Sundberg Antoine
Joyce MacKenzie Mimi
Monique Chantal Minette
Marina Koshetz Mme. Comat
Ann Codee Mme. Periton
Mari Blanchard Engenie
Ethel Martin Dancer
Gwen Verdon Specialty Dancer
Antonio Filauri Chef
Joi Lansing Marilyn Turner
Charles Andre Actor
Peter Camlin Actor
Jack Chefe Actor
Francesca de Scaffa Actor
George Martin Actor
Alberto Morin Actor
Albert Pollet Actor
Eugene Borden Announcer
George Davis Leon

Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Oleg Cassini Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Cole Choreography
Valentine Davies Screenwriter
Henry Ephron Screenwriter
Phoebe Ephron Screenwriter
Sylvia Fine Score Composer
Leland Fuller Art Director
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Production Designer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Walter Scott Production Designer
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Sol C. Siegel Producer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
E. Clayton Ward Sound/Sound Designer
J. Watson Webb Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Joseph C. Wright Production Designer

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