March 22nd, 2011

Let Us Be Gay (1930)

Dowdy housewife Kitty dotes on her self-centered husband but divorces him when his mistress shows up at their home one day to break up their marriage. Bob had become bored with her lackluster appearance, their children and himself. Kitty re-invents herself and becomes a Continental favorite, dressing like a fashion model and behaving gaily. Three years after their divorce, Bob is at the home of a wealthy matron romancing her soon-to-be-married granddaughter, when the matron invites Kitty to a weekend party to steal Bob away from the granddaughter. When Kitty and Bob see each other, neither lets on they have a past, and the party continues as Bob pursues his ex-wife and new conquest equally.

Genres: Comedy | Drama
Norma Shearer ... Mrs. Katherine Brown
Marie Dressler ... Mrs. 'Bouccy' Bouccicault
Rod La Rocque ... Bob Brown
Gilbert Emery ... 'Towney' Townley
Hedda Hopper ... Madge Livingston
Raymond Hackett ... Bruce Keane
Sally Eilers ... Diane
Tyrell Davis ... Wallace Granger
Wilfred Noy ... Whitman, the Butler
William H. O'Brien ... Struthers, a Servant
Sybil Grove ... Perkins, a Maid

On the Riviera (1951)

 Jack Martin (Danny Kaye), an American entertainer working cabarets on the French Riviera, does an impersonation of philandering industrialist Henri Duran (Kaye, again) so convincingly that even Duran's beautiful wife (Gene Tierney) is fooled by it. When Duran's business interests compel him to be in London when he should be hosting a large soiree at his home, Martin is persuaded to impersonate Duran at the party. But matters threaten to get out of hand when Martin (as Duran) is confronted by several of the philanderer's women, and by Duran's ruthless business rival, M. Periton (Jean Murat). A remake of
That Night in Rio (1941)
is so much worse than the brilliant original. But it's worth taking a peep at.