Irving Cummings’ THAT NIGHT IN RIO
THAT NIGHT IN RIO (1941, 90 min.)
Directed by Irving Cummings. Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Carmen Miranda
Nightclub crooner Larry Martin looks exactly like Baron Duarte--and no wonder, since they are both played by Don Ameche. He finds himself entwined with both a fiery Brazilian samba goddess (Carmen Miranda) and a discontented countess (Alice Faye) with ample opportunity for dazzling Technicolor musical interludes. If you’ve never seen flamboyant Miranda Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi, you’re in for a special treat. World War II’s “Good Neighbor Policy,” had a splendid effect on 1940s musicals, filling them with jubilant Latin numbers blended with the infectious rhythms of the jitterbug era. Faye's blonde curls and lush curves anticipate Marilyn Monroe’s and her sensual songs add to the erotic confusion over which Ameche is really her husband, unusual for strictly censored Hollywood films of the Production Code Era.
Wednesday, September 18