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Rita the Refrigerator
on 6 September 2015
Adolphe Menjou (Acuna) is brilliant as the man in charge of everything. He owns a hotel and is very blunt to his guests and his employees. His dialogue throughout is very funny and to be looked upon as a blueprint in life if you don’t want to spend time pussy-footing around an issue. Menjou has 4 daughters who he would like to marry off in age order. This film is concerned with him marrying off frosty second daughter Rita Hayworth (Maria) to a suitable young man. Unfortunately for Menjou, Fred Astaire gets dragged into the proceedings. Menjou can’t stand Astaire and their conversations together are very amusing. Throw in some songs and dancing and this is a good entertaining film.
Rita Hayworth’s dancing was a revelation to me in this film. She keeps up with Astaire and it is these dancing sections that we are watching for. The supporting cast are all good and the film is a lightweight comedy that works well. We also get to see Lina Romay singing with Xavier Cugat’s band.