On The Riviera

  • 1951
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

A remake of FOLIES BERGERE (1935), which had already been redone as THAT NIGHT IN RIO (1941), this film proved to be an excellent vehicle for the multi-talented Kaye. He's cast as an American nightclub entertainer working on the Riviera who bears a striking resemblance to a famed French aviator, also played by Kaye. When the entertainer is asked to double...read more

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A remake of FOLIES BERGERE (1935), which had already been redone as THAT NIGHT IN RIO (1941), this film proved to be an excellent vehicle for the multi-talented Kaye. He's cast as an American nightclub entertainer working on the Riviera who bears a striking resemblance to a famed French

aviator, also played by Kaye. When the entertainer is asked to double as the flier at an important party, the expected comedy of mistaken identities ensues. Confusion reaches its zenith the following morning, when Tierney, as the aviator's wife, awakens not knowing which of the men she spent the

night with. The film provides plenty of opportunities for Kaye to sing, dance, joke, and act, and he acquits himself well on all accounts. Kaye's real-life wife, Sylvia Fine, wrote four of the songs he performs in ON THE RIVIERA, again lending credence to the actor's quote, "I am a wife-made man."

The prolific Lang handles the directing with aplomb, and it's a very satisfying and entertaining experience. Gwen Verdon (here billed as Gwyneth), who would achieve stardom as a dancer on Broadway and some success in the movies, made her film debut here, appearing in a dance routine. Kaye performs

"Popo the Puppet," "On the Riviera," "Rhythm of a New Romance," and "Happy Ending" (all by Sylvia Fine) and "Ballin' the Jack" (Jim Burris, Chris Smith). Alfred Newman's musical direction earned an Oscar nomination, as did the art direction.

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  • Review: A remake of FOLIES BERGERE (1935), which had already been redone as THAT NIGHT IN RIO (1941), this film proved to be an excellent vehicle for the multi-talented Kaye. He's cast as an American nightclub entertainer working on the Riviera who bears a strikin… (more)

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