Cover Girl (1944)
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Lovely Rita Hayworth at her entrancing best!
|Rusty Parker, a red-headed leggy dancer at Danny McGuire's Night Club in Brooklyn, wants to be a successful Broadway star. She enters a contest to be a 'Cover Girl' as a stepping-stone in her career. She reminds the publisher, John Coudair, of his lost love, showgirl Maribelle Hicks. He was engaged to Maribelle, although his wealthy society mother made fun of her. Maribelle left John at the altar when she saw the piano at her wedding. It reminded her of the piano-player she truly loved. Rusty is Maribelle's granddaughter and there are lovely musical sequences where the radiant Rita Hayworth dresses and dances to songs from the beginning of the 20th century in relating their shared past history. Rusty lands on the cover of her grandmother's former fiance's magazine (as a bride). She is pursued by Coudair's pal, the wealthy theatrical producer, Noel Wheaton (Lee Bowman). He produces a lavish musical to star Rusty, surrounded by real cover girls of the mid 1940's. Rita's glowing, never more gorgeous as she runs down a huge spiral into the arms of dozens of men who seem clumsy next to her ethereal dancing. But her success threatens Danny McGuire, played by an energetic Gene Kelly. He expressed his distress that his girlfriend will find success without him in Kelly's famous dance with himself, 'Alter Ego'. He and his sidekick, the underrated Phil Silvers (who has great lines with the incomparable Eve Arden), leave New York and entertain soldiers fighting in World War II. Rusty agrees to marry Noel, dazzled by success, security, and his power and money. But she drinks and loses weight because her heart belongs to Danny. She receives a symbolic pearl with great power and tells Coudair and Wheaton that she must spend her life with the man she loves.|
Editor's NoteRusty Parker (Rita Hayworth) longs to leave behind her job as a Brooklyn dancer and be a Broadway star. Things begin to look up for her when she enters a "Cover Girl"|contest--she reminds the wealthy publisher of a lost love, and lands on the cover. As fate would have it, she is the granddaughter of the woman who broke the publisher's heart. Thus, Rusty begins a winning streak which sees her gathering the attentions of several wealthy men...but is it really the faithful Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly) whom she loves? This very funny Kern and Gershwin music features many lavish production numbers featuring the stunning Hayworth, great dancing by Kelly, and strong supporting roles from Phil Silvers and Eve Arden. Academy Award Nominations: 5. Academy Awards: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
Cast & Crew
|Allen Davey - Cinematographer|
|Charles Vidor - Director|
|Viola Lawrence - Editor|
|Saul Chaplin - Musical Score|
|Arthur Schwartz - Producer|
|Erwin Gelsey - Writer|
|Carmen Dragon, Morris Stoloff, Winner, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture|