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On the Riviera Details


On the Riviera is a remake of 1941's , which in turn was a remake of 1934's . The plot remains the same in all three incarnations: for business purposes, a nightclub entertainer is coerced into posing as his look-alike, a powerful financier/aviator. This time it's Danny Kaye who essays the dual role of American cabaret comedian Jack Martin and French financial wizard Henri Duran. While impersonating Duran, Martin is forced to make amorous advances towards Duran's neglected wife (Gene Tierney), proving himself the better lover in the process. Meanwhile, Martin must mollify his genuine sweetheart (and nightclub partner) Collette (Corinne Calvet) without revealing his ruse. A little too top-heavy in the plot department, On the Riviera must be regarded as a second-echelon Danny Kaye vehicle, though Sylvia Fine's specialty numbers -- especially the eerily autobiographical "Popo the Puppet" -- are well up to standard. One of the uncredited specialty dancers is future Broadway star Gwen Verdon. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 20, 1951


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leland Fuller Best Color Art Direction 1951 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Danny Kaye Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lyle Wheeler Best Color Art Direction 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Scott Best Color Art Direction 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alfred Newman Best Musical Score 1951 Nominee


Danny Kaye
as Henri Duran
Gene Tierney
as Lilli
Corinne Calvet
as Colette
Marcel Dalio
as Philippe Lebrix
Sig Rumann
as Gepesux
Jean Murat
as Periton
Clinton Sundberg
as Antoine
Henri Letondal
as Louis Foral
Joyce MacKenzie
as Mimi
Marina Koshetz
as Mme. Comat
Ann Codee
as Mme. Periton
Mari Blanchard
as Engenie
Ethel Martin
as Dancer
Gwen Verdon
as Specialty Dancer
Joi Lansing
as Marilyn Turner
Peter Camlin
Jack Chefe
Danny Kaye
as Jack Martin
Alberto Morin
Albert Pollet
Sig Rumann
as Gapeaux
Eugene Borden
as Announcer
George Davis
as Leon
Eugene Borden
as Announcer
Danny Kaye
as Jack Martin
Sig Rumann
as Gapeaux


Walter Lang
Sol C. Siegel
Henry Ephron
Phoebe Ephron
Leon Shamroy
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Walter Scott
Production Designer
Leland Fuller
Art Director
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Oleg Cassini
Costume Designer
William Travilla
Costume Designer
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer