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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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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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Rita Hayworth: The Columbia Lady (2000) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Boogie BarcarolleSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Not much plot but plenty of Rita, 11 June 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"You'll Never Get Rich" is a 1941 film starring Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley, and a very large cast. Benchley plays Martin Cortland, a producer who chases around on his wife (Frieda Inescort) and sets his sights on Sheila (Hayworth), who is in his current show along with Robert Curtis (Astaire). When his wife suspects, Martin has Robert take Sheila out and present her with a diamond bracelet that Martin actually purchased for her but that his wife found in his pocket. Martin then pretends he bought it for Robert to give to Sheila. Sheila angrily refuses it, and when Robert goes to her place to explain, he comes face to face with her boyfriend, whom he thinks is her brother - whoever he is, he has a gun in his hand. Robert finds himself drafted and, desperate to get in and avoid Sheila's boyfriend, pads himself with the 5 extra pounds he needs to get into the service. He then spends just about the rest of the film in the guard house until the grand finale - and even then, he's returned to the guard house.

That's the story and admittedly, it's not much. There are some very good dance numbers, but the thing about the film that's special is the partnership of Astaire and Hayworth. They are marvelous together. Supposedly Rita was his favorite partner, and it's easy to see why. She doesn't dance; she floats, and she's so gloriously beautiful, you can't take your eyes off of her. Fred and Rita dance to the "Boogie Barcarole," "So Near Yet So Far," and "The Wedding Cake Walk," sung by Martha Tilton for Rita. Fred's solos include "Shootin' the Work for Uncle Sam," and "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye." It's hard to go wrong with stars like Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth, and while this isn't the best film of either one of them, it's still enjoyable.

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