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You'll Never Get Rich
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Director:
Writers:
Michael Fessier (original screenplay) &
Ernest Pagano (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 September 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Exciting loveliness and rhythm in a star-spangled army musical!
Plot:
After his wife discovers a telltale diamond bracelet, impresario Martin Cortland tries to show he's not chasing after showgirl Sheila Winthrop... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
Andrew Embiricos: Rita Hayworth Grandson Dies of Apparent Suicide
 (From Alt Film Guide. 6 December 2011, 7:14 PM, PST)

Five Insanely Romantic Fred Astaire Dances
 (From IFC. 14 February 2011, 12:44 PM, PST)

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The first Astaire/Hayworth film, but worth a second look. See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Robert Curtis

Rita Hayworth ... Sheila Winthrop
Robert Benchley ... Martin Cortland
John Hubbard ... Capt. Tom Barton

Osa Massen ... Sonya
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Julia Cortland
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Kewpie Blain (as Guinn Williams)
Donald MacBride ... Top Sergeant
Cliff Nazarro ... Swivel Tongue 'Swiv'
Marjorie Gateson ... Aunt Louise
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Barton
Boyd Davis ... Col. Shiller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Ash ... Nightclub Headwaiter (uncredited)
Bonnie Bronson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lucius Brooks ... Guard House Singer - One of The Four Tones (uncredited)
Stanley Brown ... Private (uncredited)
Leon Buck ... Guard House Singer - One of The Four Tones (uncredited)
Harry Burns ... Foreigner at Information Counter (uncredited)
John L. Cason ... Soldier (uncredited)
Eddie Coke ... Army Chauffeur (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Soldier (uncredited)
Buddy Collette ... Clarinetist - One of the Delta Rhythm Boys (uncredited)
Monte Collins ... Soldier Trying to Sleep (uncredited)
Joe Comfort ... Guard House Jug Player (uncredited)
Virginia Davis ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Railroad Information Clerk (uncredited)
Dona Dax ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Photographer at Crystal Room (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
The Four Tones ... Guard House Singers (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Capt. Nolan (uncredited)
Alfred Grant ... Guitarist - One of the Delta Rhythm Boys (uncredited)
Chico Hamilton ... Drummer - one of the Delta Rhythm Boys (uncredited)
Ira Hardin ... Guard House Singer - One of The Four Tones (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Joe, Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Rudolph Hunter ... Guard House Singer - One of The Four Tones (uncredited)
Gwen Kenyon ... Singer (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Red Mack ... Trumpeter - on of the Delta Rhythm Boys (uncredited)
Beth Marlowe ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Patti McCarty ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... Doctor at Induction Center (uncredited)
James Millican ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Soldier Messenger (uncredited)
Peggy Lou Neary ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sunnie O'Dea ... Marge (uncredited)
Jack O'Malley ... Sentry (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Robert's Guard (uncredited)
Paul Phillips ... Capt. Williams (uncredited)
John Porter ... Guard House Singer - One of The Four Tones (uncredited)
Forrest Prince ... Dancer (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... 5th Avenue Jewelry Salesman (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Passerby on Street (uncredited)
Tim Ryan ... Cop ticketing Curtis (uncredited)
Kay St. Germain Wells ... Woman (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Sarge, Col. Shiller's Orderly (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Robert's Guard (uncredited)
Martha Tilton ... Singer in 'Wedding Cake Walk' Number (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Kewpie's Mother (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Jenkins, Martin's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Dorothy Ward ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Frank Wayne ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Larry Williams ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lanfield 
 
Writing credits
Michael Fessier (original screenplay) &
Ernest Pagano (original screenplay)

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Philip Tannura (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Otto Meyer 
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Costume Design by
Irene (uncredited)
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gene Anderson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... chief sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Howell .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... music recordist (as P.J. Faulkner)
Paul Mertz .... assistant musical director
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Leo Arnaud .... music arranger (uncredited)
Charles Bradshaw .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Carmen Dragon .... music arranger (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Alton .... dances stager
Jack Voglin .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
In reference to the Cole Porter song "Night and Day" sung by Fred Astaire in The Gay Divorcee (1934), Porter ended "The Wedding Cake Walk" with the phrase "night and day." He asked permission from RKO to quote the line.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As Fred Astaire and Robert Benchley are discussing the upcoming show they pass several soldiers who are working with shovels. Though the soldiers are supposed to be breaking up clods and smoothing the dirt the shovels never come within six inches of the ground.See more »
Quotes:
Martin Cortland:Do anything so long as you make my wife believe I was telling the truth when I was lying to her!See more »
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Soundtrack:
March Milastaire (A-Stairable Rag)See more »

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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The first Astaire/Hayworth film, but worth a second look., 24 March 2005
Author: movibuf1962 from Washington, DC

I initially thought this one was the lesser of the two pairings. But I have to admit this film- which puts its audience squarely into the start of World War II- is quite sharp, script-wise, and quite lyrical, music-wise. Astaire's dance director shows an early but distant attraction to chorus dancer Hayworth (and vice-versa), but is drafted into the Army (not to mention repeatedly banished to the guardhouse for various insubordination) before they can live happily ever after. They were a sweet coupling, despite their 19-year age difference, and Hayworth, as others have mentioned, was quite a revelation as a tap and ballroom dancer. All of their dances are performances only, not love scenes (which are the duets I have always preferred), but they are sensational. The requisite 'big number' is the finale, the "Wedding Cake Walk" (you'll do a double-take at the last image of the tank-shaped wedding cake), and there is an ensemble dance at the start of the film called "Boogie Barcarolle." But two numbers stand out: Astaire's solo dance in the guardhouse, sung by a black jazz chorus (uncredited, called the Delta Rhythm Boys) and entitled "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye." Elegant tapping by Astaire is blended with a rich bass vocal by Lucius Brooks. The other number is Astaire and Hayworth's dress rehearsal "So Near and Yet So Far," a stunning rumba which shows off Hayworth in a sheer black gown and expands into intricate layers of choreography. This is one of the last films to show Ms. Hayworth as a brunette; her hair is no longer black, but it is not yet red either, but shortly after this outing her tresses went completely red as she began doing doing Technicolor films. Their follow-up film, "You Were Never Lovelier," had more of the standard romantic shenanigans and more lyrical dance numbers, but this first one was more screwball comedy and, in a sense, more of a challenge to pull off.

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