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You'll Never Get Rich -- A musical comedy star (Fred Astaire, Funny Face) enlists in the Army to avoid a shotgun marriage, but, of course, changes his mind. Rita Hayworth (Gilda) co-stars.

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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)

User Reviews:
If They Only Had Fred & Rita Dance And Forgot The Story This Would Have Been Great 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 ... Tom Barton

Osa Massen ... Sonya
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Cortland
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Kewpie Blain (as Guinn Williams)
Donald MacBride ... Top Sergeant
Cliff Nazarro ... Swivel Tongue
Marjorie Gateson ... Aunt Louise
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Barton
Boyd Davis ... Colonel 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 (film editor)
 
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 staged by
Jack Voglin .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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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Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
So Near and Yet So FarSee more »

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21 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
If They Only Had Fred & Rita Dance And Forgot The Story This Would Have Been Great, 26 September 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

I really enjoyed the first third of this hour-and-a-half movie. However, when Fred Astaire joins the army, the movie switches from dancing to humor, and the humor is not much. His consists mainly of a fellow soldier who is an expert in double talk. He's pretty good but his act wears thin quickly. So, too, does the storyline: lying, lying, and more lying. That's followed by cover-ups, false accusations, people falling in and out of love at the drop of a hat, etc. - you know, typical stupid fare of the day for these kind of films.

Since they were not allowed to pollute the films with profanity and pornography, filmmakers still could promote everything wrong by trivializing adultery, lying, smoking, drinking, cheating and other evils. This movie, like a lot of comedies of the day, gives numerous examples of that. Too bad, because it looked like it was going to be a great film, at least in the dancing of Astaire and Hayworth in the beginning. Those two were great to watch. Hayworth, known more for her glamor, was actually a great dancer and reportedly Astaire's favorite partner. No arguments there! Rita looks fantastic and Astaire's stepping is always perfection.

Unfortunately, in Fred's films they had to have a story go along with his dancing. I only give it five points to see Rita.

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