On the Riviera

On the Riviera

1951 movie poster
Directed by Walter Lang
Produced by Sol C. Siegel
Written by screenplay by
Valentine Davies
Henry Ephron
Phoebe Ephron
based on a play by
Hans Adler
Rudolph Lothar
Starring Danny Kaye
Gene Tierney
Corinne Calvet
Marcel Dalio
Sig Ruman
Music by Alfred Newman
Sylvia Fine
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by J. Watson Webb, Jr.
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • April 20, 1951 (1951-04-20)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.5 million (US rentals)[1][2]

On the Riviera is a 1951 musical comedy film made by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Walter Lang, produced by Sol C. Siegel from a screenplay by Valentine Davies and Phoebe and Henry Ephron, based on the play The Red Cat by Rudolph Lothar and Hans Adler. This version stars Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney and Corinne Calvet with Marcel Dalio, Henri Letondal and Sig Ruman, and with uncredited featured dancer Gwen Verdon in dance sequences choreographed and staged by Jack Cole.

Having extensive production value, this is a "backstage" musical, where all songs occur as stage performances and many of the characters are stage performers. The film served as a vehicle for multi-talented Broadway veteran Danny Kaye.

This was the third film version of the same story. The original was entitled Folies Bergère (1935) and starred Maurice Chevalier, Merle Oberon and Ann Sothern. The remake in 1941 was That Night in Rio and starred Don Ameche, Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda.

It was nominated for two Academy Awards; for Best Music and Best Art Direction (Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller, Joseph C. Wright, Thomas Little, Walter M. Scott).[3]

Plot summary

The film follows Jack Martin as he is offered a large amount of money to impersonate his look alike, Henri Duran.



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