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You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 19 November 1942 (USA)
The Acunas, a rich Argentine family, have the tradition that the daughters have to get married in order, oldest first. When sister #1 gets married, sisters #3 and #4 put pressure on Maria, ... See full summary »

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Robert Davis
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Maria Acuña
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Eduardo Acuña
Isobel Elsom ...
Mrs. Maria Castro
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Cecy Acuña
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Lita Acuña
Gus Schilling ...
Fernando
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Delfina Acuña
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Juan Castro
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ...
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
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The Acunas, a rich Argentine family, have the tradition that the daughters have to get married in order, oldest first. When sister #1 gets married, sisters #3 and #4 put pressure on Maria, sister #2, because they have their husbands picked out already. But Maria hasn't yet met a man she likes. Eduardo Acuna, believing that men aren't romantic enough these days, sends his daughter flowers and anonymous love letters, creating a "mystery man" for her to fall in love with. He intends to pick out an appropriate beau for her later, to fill the role. But Robert Davis, an American dancer looking for work, stumbles into the picture. Maria falls for him, but the father does not approve. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Hayworth's glowing beauty! Astaire's glorious rhythm! Kern's greatest score since "Show Boat"! See more »


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19 November 1942 (USA)  »

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Tuesday's Orchids  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

The dance to "You Were Never Lovelier" was cut from the film after the previews. See more »

Goofs

After he delivers the invitation list to Mrs Acuña, Fernando holds the hat turned to his belly. Next shot he is holding the hat upside down. See more »

Quotes

Robert Davis: When do I start dancing?
Eduardo Acuña: You do not start dancing.
Robert Davis: But didn't you come to see me about...?
Eduardo Acuña: About one of my daughters. The one you so gallantly referred to as "the inside of a refrigerator"?
Robert Davis: Oh... but, I'm afraid I don't follow you.
Eduardo Acuña: She thinks you're in love with her.
Robert Davis: Would it be rude of me to inquire if there is any insanity in your family?
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Rita Hayworth (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Dearly Beloved
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra and sung by Fred Astaire at the wedding
Reprised by Rita Hayworth dancing and singing (singing dubbed by Nan Wynn)
Played as background music often
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Old-fashioned is fine
26 January 2003 | by (brooklyn ny) – See all my reviews

Eight out of ten seems an extravagant score for a fairly nonsensical bit of cotton-candy, but earned, if only for the muted elegance of the "I'm Old-fashioned" number, which is the absolute essence of romance. Although he always maintained a tactful evasiveness on the subject, I suspect Rita Hayworth may have been Fred's favourite partner. She, nee Cancino, was born into a (flamenco) dancing family, and like Astaire, danced with her whole body. While he, as is evident from the long roster of screen partners (including the late TV specials), obviously believed, with some justice, that he could transform any reasonably adequate dancer into what was required, he must have rejoiced, making this and their other joint movie, to work with a woman whose instincts were, uncoached, a match for his own. See it.


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