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That Night in Rio (Fox Marquee Musicals) (1941)

Alice Faye , Don Ameche , Irving Cummings  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Carmen Miranda, S.Z. Sakall, J. Carrol Naish
  • Directors: Irving Cummings
  • Writers: Bess Meredyth, George Seaton, Hal Long, Hans Adler, Jessie Ernst
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7VHNM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "That Night in Rio (Fox Marquee Musicals)" on IMDb

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  • Alice Faye - A Life Off Screen
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Her girl-next-door looks combined with a sultry singing voice made Alice Faye one of HollywoodÂ's biggest stars in the Golden Age of Cinema.

Don Ameche and Alice Faye pair up as husband and wife, Baron and Baroness Duarte and head to South America in this musical classic. In order to avoid some financial problems, the Baron switches places with impersonator Larry Martin Â"Direto da BroadwayÂ" (also Ameche). When MartinÂ's affections for the Baroness are too kind and romantic, both the Baroness and MartinÂ's girlfriend Carmen (Carmen Miranda) realize their men are up to something. Filmed in brilliant TechnicolorÂ(r), That Night in Rio is a delightful comedy filled with rousing musical numbers including FayeÂ's passionate and romantic, Â"They Met in Rio.Â"

"It don't make sense, the chica chica boom chic. But it's immense, the chica chica boom chic." Let us pause to ponder the immortal wisdom of these words, sung by Carmen Miranda in That Night in Rio, and then move swiftly on to effortless enjoyment of this splashy nonsense. Here we are in Rio--well, the Fox backlot--for an absurd tale of mistaken identity and romantic trading-off. Nightclub performer Don Ameche looks exactly like a famous South American airline magnate (also played by Ameche, natch), and so doubles for him during a lavish party when the Baron is away on delicate business. Alice Faye, still the top female star at Fox at this time, takes a supporting role, slightly miscast, as the Baroness. Faye always had the down-on-the-farm appeal expressed in her all-American face, but the form-fitting gold gown she wears during the party gives evidence of another kind of appeal; she's drop-dead sexy here.

The songs by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren are not copious, but Carmen Miranda has a couple of signature numbers and Faye sings "They Met in Rio." The plot had been adapted once before, as Folies Bergere, and would later surface as On the Riviera, with Danny Kaye. Extras include an informative 14-minute documentary about Alice Faye's life after quitting movies in 1945 (her two daughters contribute) and a deleted scene that has Faye and Ameche doing--you guessed it--"The Chica Chica Boom Chic." --Robert Horton

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
That Night In Rio is a musical that features wonderful song and dance numbers by some really great stars. We get Carmen Miranda singing and dancing up a storm; Alice Faye sings a couple of songs that she was born to sing; and even Don Ameche sings very well! The color is wonderful--they did a fantastic job restoring this excellent film!

The action begins in Rio de Janeiro when Baron Manuel Duarte (Don Ameche) and his wife Cecilia (Alice Faye) attend a nightclub where Larry Martin (also played by Don Ameche) impersonates the Baron as part of his act. Indeed, Larry Martin does such a magnificent impersonation that stuffy Baron Duarte is so impressed he actually wants to go backstage to meet Larry Martin!

But first trouble sets in. Baron Duarte gets a telegram that a loan to fund his airline has been denied; and he depended on that cash infusion to keep his airline out of ruin. Baron Duarte goes off to try to secure another loan--and while he's away, his two top aides including Arthur Penna (S.Z. Sakall) hatch a plan to use Larry Martin to impersonate the Baron at a party. That way no one will suspect anything is wrong with the business until Baron Duarte can get an emergency loan and return to Rio. No one will ever know he left town.

Nevertheless, there's still the problem of keeping up appearances in the financial markets. The Baron always goes to his trading box and when he's not there one morning (because he's away to get that emergency loan), his arch business rival Machado (J. Carrol Naish) immediately smells trouble. Baron Duarte's aides panic but they manage to keep Machado at bay--for now.

Of course, from here the plot can go anywhere.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overdone but entertaining - nice extras November 10, 2006
"That Night in Rio" was a remake of the 1935 "Folies Bergere", with Ann Sothern, Maurice Chevalier and Merle Oberon. It was made yet again in 1951 with Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney and Corinne Calvert as "On the Riviera". The plot is simple. Don Ameche plays night club entertainer Larry Martin who is employed to imitate Baron Duarte (a dual role) by some bankers. In doing so, he must deal with the Baron's wife, Alice Faye, but keep at bay his fiery girlfriend Carmen Miranda. Complications ensue with Faye unsure who made love to her on "That Night in Rio" and the film was carefully watched by the Censors to ensure that adultery was not implied in any way.

Although the film is set in Rio de Janeiro, it looks much more like a night club in New York. There really is nothing to link it to South America except Carmen Miranda and the accents of some of the actors. Released, in 1941, the positives are some excellent numbers from Miranda, an entertaining dual performance from Ameche and the spectacular colour. Irving Cummings was often a director with a heavy touch and the farce moves quickly but maybe not quite quick enough. There is something a bit heavy and clumsy about the film and it maybe because Alice Faye is miscast as a baroness, serious and subdued much of the time. Her role is really a supporting one. When she plays with Don Ameche she has a twinkle but the rest of the time, she is lugubrious. Her appearance looks heavy too, not helped by the Travis Banton clothes which are fussy and overdone. She only has 2 songs too but one of them in particular, "They met in Rio", suits her deep delivery perfectly. Filmed with the normal loving close up of her face, slightly tilted up, she sounds superb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Latin musical November 16, 2010
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I first saw this movie when I was about 7 growing up in Israel. Of course I didn't understand much, but the beautiful songs stuck in my mind. I have seen it many times over the years, and in my opinion it is the best musical ever made. It is a technicolor dripping masterpiece. Never in the history of films do we have such a collection of beautiful girls, romantic songs and dances, and outrageous escapism. Of course, you have to be at a certain age to enjoy it. If you were born after the war, we cannot do anything for you. But, for us old dudes this movie presents a wonderful journey to the elegant world of yesterday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Engaging Technicolor musical from 1941 that is a little less frenetic than the typical Fox "South America Way" feature of that era, but still enjoyable. Alice Faye plays a bored Brazilian Baroness, whose husband (a grey-templed Don Ameche) is a whiz at finance but not at home. Ameche also plays a brash American singer who, though younger, bears a likeness to the Baron that's exploited by the Baron's assistants (S.Z. Sakall, Curt Bois) to keep their boss from being wiped out by a hostile takeover of his airline by the film's villain (J. Carrol Naish). When Fake Baron steps in for Real Baron, the inevitable mistaken-identity situation emerges, especially in Fake Baron's approach to Real Baron's wife (Faye) in which confusing romantic sparks are thrown. It's at this point that this Forties musical suffers from a lack of Forties musical numbers and the movie heads off for a while into glossy salon farce of the kind RKO did so well in the Thirties. Carmen Miranda is not integral to the plot, but we enjoyed seeing her, especially in the production number "Chica Chica Boom Chic." Unfortunately, the part of that number in which Ameche and Faye strutted their musical stuff was deleted from distribution prints, but at least here it's shown on this disc as a deleted scene. Print quality is well restored although the color palette seems a little too aniline. This DVD is reasonably priced, but there is no Commentary.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great old musical...lots of stars
Published 1 month ago by Kay Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Just watch and enjoy
Don Ameche, what's not to love. Carmen Miranda and Alice Faye, it's a good, light, fun musical. I like it a lot.
Published 2 months ago by NJD
5.0 out of 5 stars Musicals don't come any better than this
Great on all counts. Ameche and Faye in top form...and Carmen Miranda has to be seen in this. Miranda makes ALL of today's so-called song and dance glamour girls look so-so, even... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Madeline
5.0 out of 5 stars colorful and fun
For its time (1941), this musical holds up really well. I discovered it in the features of ON THE RIVERA with Danny Kaye, which is a funnier remake. Read more
Published 10 months ago by wisdomstar
4.0 out of 5 stars watch and be entertained
they just don't make movies like this anymore. This is fun to watch. sit back
and enjoy. Alice Faye is great. Read more
Published 14 months ago by says 'nick'
5.0 out of 5 stars that night in rio
great fox musical colour was terrific and the old songs wonderful quality was very good, as i'm in Australia and playing on a multi channel player, worth the cheap price wish they... Read more
Published 14 months ago by rosscoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Escapist Fun
First of all the color transfer to DVD is great.....I'm a novice when it comes to Alice Faye movies, but I liked her so much in a recent showing of "In Old Chicago" on TCM that I... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Scott Dorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend.
I'm old. I remember this movie from the time it was made. Carmen Miranda was a favorite of my mother and grandmother. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Leonard Ponte
4.0 out of 5 stars Great musical
I love the old musicals. The lavish musical numbers in this movie were great.
Don Ameche, Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda make for an enjoyable escape.
Published 19 months ago by Jeanette Hilton
5.0 out of 5 stars lol!
carmen miranda at her best, with lots of tutti frutti songs, shes my second favorite actress of all times only after the marvellous mae west. Read more
Published 21 months ago by jose
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