Review: ‘On the Riviera’

Danny Kaye is an American entertainer working the Riviera with his French girlfriend (Corinne Calvet). When he realizes his striking resemblance to a French aviation hero, he creates a new number to spotlight the hero's lothario doings.

Danny Kaye is an American entertainer working the Riviera with his French girlfriend (Corinne Calvet). When he realizes his striking resemblance to a French aviation hero, he creates a new number to spotlight the hero’s lothario doings.

Kaye is called in to double for the aviator at an important party from which the latter had been called by business. Gene Tierney is the beautiful wife of the flier and is wise to the impersonation, but the glib script, loaded with fast and furious dialog quips, introduces enough complications so that before the evening is over she’s not sure.

Full range of the Kaye talent is used, both in the music-comedy divisions and in straight performance. It’s a wow delivery he gives. Four tunes, three of which are used to back the potent production numbers, were cleffed by Sylvia Fine to show off the Kaye talent for fun-making.

On the Riviera

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Walter Lang; Producer Sol C. Siegel; Screenplay Valentine Davies, Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron; Camera Leon Shamroy; Editor J. Watson Webb Jr; Music Alfred Newman (dir.); Art Director Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1951. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Danny Kaye Gene Tierney Corinne Calvet Marcel Dalio Sig Ruman Clinton Sundberg
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