That Night In Rio

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

A splashy, well-produced remake of FOLIES BERGERE (1935), THAT NIGHT IN RIO stars Don Ameche in a dual role as entertainer Larry Martin and Baron Duarte, a wealthy businessman of whom the look-alike performer does an excellent impression. The setting has been changed from Paris to Rio de Janeiro and there are new songs, but the plot is a virtual duplicate...read more

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A splashy, well-produced remake of FOLIES BERGERE (1935), THAT NIGHT IN RIO stars Don Ameche in a dual role as entertainer Larry Martin and Baron Duarte, a wealthy businessman of whom the look-alike performer does an excellent impression. The setting has been changed from Paris to Rio de

Janeiro and there are new songs, but the plot is a virtual duplicate of the original. With the airline that he owns in deep financial trouble, Duarte slips out of the country to try to make the needed arrangements to save his business. While he's gone, Larry is enlisted to masquerade as the baron

so his enemies, most notably Machado (J. Carrol Naish), don't get wind of his absence. Hilarity follows--particularly in the scene in which Larry has to bluff his way through a conversation in French (a language the baron speaks but the entertainer doesn't)--as Larry carries off the charade,

though it doesn't take the baroness (Alice Faye) long to figure out that this guy isn't her husband.(He's entirely too nice and too romantic.) After his return, the baron realizes that he will have to become a better husband if he is to live up to his wife's new, heightened expectations.

Meanwhile, Larry's jealous girl friend, Carmen (Carmen Miranda), forgives the performer for what she considers to have been his grave indiscretion in the whole affair. The sixth and final pairing for Faye and Ameche, who made a successful series of movies for Fox, THAT NIGHT IN RIO was Miranda's

second US movie; her energy simply pours off the screen. The story was remade yet again as ON THE RIVIERA (1951) with Danny Kaye in the dual role. Although technically a musical, the picture does not contain many songs. Harry Warren and Mack Gordon (who had also written the tunes for Miranda's

debut film DOWN ARGENTINE WAY) contributed "I-Yi-Yi-Yi (I Like You Very Much)" (performed by Miranda), "Chica Chica Boom Chick" (Miranda), "The Baron Is in Conference" (Ameche), "Boa Noite" (Ameche, Faye), and "They Met in Rio" (Faye). The Portuguese tune "Cae Cae" (written by Roberto Martins) is

also included.

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