This successor to Down Argentine Way is a close carbon copy of Folies Bergere which 20th turned out six years earlier, but with locale switch from Paris to Rio de Janeiro. Embellished with lavish production, brilliant Technicolor, and several tuneful songs, it's peak entertainment.
J. Carrol Naish
This successor to Down Argentine Way is a close carbon copy of Folies Bergere which 20th turned out six years earlier, but with locale switch from Paris to Rio de Janeiro. Embellished with lavish production, brilliant Technicolor, and several tuneful songs, it’s peak entertainment.
Lightweight story [from a play by Rudolph Lothar and Hans Adler] provides Don Ameche with the dual role of a breezy American night club m.c. performing in Rio, and a native financier. Resemblance beween the pair is so close the former’s sweetheart (Carmen Miranda) and the financier’s wife (Alice Faye) cannot tell them apart. When a business crisis arrives, the tycoon’s associates secure the entertainer to impersonate the absent Baron, with the stand-in innocently completing a deal that prevents financial ruin.
Ameche is very capable in a dual role, and Faye is eye-appealing but it’s the tempestuous Miranda who really gets away to a flying start from the first sequence.
That Night in Rio
20th Century-Fox. Director Irving Cummings; Producer Fred Kohlmar; Screenplay George Seaton, Bess Meredyth, Hal Long, Samuel Hoffenstein; Camera Leon Shamroy, Ray Rennahan; Editor Walter Thompson; Music Alfred Newman
(Color) Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 90 MIN.
J. Carrol Naish
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