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Cover Girl (1944)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 30 March 1944 (USA)
Rusty Parker wins a contest and becomes a celebrated cover girl; this endangers her romance with dancing mentor Danny.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rusty Parker / Maribelle Hicks
Noel Wheaton
Jinx Falkenburg
Maurine Martin
Cornelia Jackson
Miss Colby
Chef at Danny McGuire's
Jean Colleran ...
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Francine Counihan ...
Cover Girl: American Home
Helen Mueller ...
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Cecilia Meagher ...
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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 musical sequences with Maribelle dancing to songs from the beginning of the 20th century. Rusty lands on the cover of her grandmother's former fiancé's magazine (as a bride). She is pursued by Coudair's pal, the wealthy theatrical producer, Noel Wheaton. He produces a lavish musical to star Rusty, surrounded by real cover girls of the mid 1940's. Rusty runs down a huge spiral into the arms of dozens of men who seem clumsy next to her ethereal dancing. ... Written by Jenny Lens <jennylens@dslextreme.com>

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A Mirthful, Magical Musical ! See more »


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Release Date:

30 March 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las modelos  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In order to acquire the services of Gene Kelly for this picture, Columbia had to surrender its screen rights to the musical hit Best Foot Forward (1943) to MGM. See more »


Genius' early vaudeville monologue establishes that it's a time of war rationing and food shortages. Yet nobody in the film objects to Genius taking part with Danny and Rusty in a publicly known ritual of wasting food by constantly ordering "ursters" to search for "poils" and never eating the oysters. See more »


Danny McGuire: [Addressing Genius] You're a 'genius' at everything but minding your own business, aren't ya'?
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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Phil Silvers and danced with Rita Hayworth, Leslie Brooks and two chorus girls
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Energetic and Fun
19 April 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

For a non-MGM musical from the 1940s, this is quite a memorable and enjoyable film. Rita Hayworth, at the peak of her career, is stunning, a vision of loveliness and in full Technicolor, no less! Gene Kelly, in one of his earliest films, is a good match for her, although his character is really something of a jerk. Phil Silvers provides good comic relief, without being too obnoxious, but Eve Arden, with her dry one-liners, is an even bigger hoot.

The music score is quite good for the most part...with only one sour note ("Poor John"). The haunting "Long Ago and Far Away" is beautiful, "Put Me to the Test" is a good number for the two leads, and "Make Way for Tomorrow" is a lively, fun number. Of course, credit must be given to Gene Kelly for his fantastic "alter-ego" dance sequence, which is without a doubt, the highlight of the film.

Definitely worth seeking out for fans of Gene or Rita...this is one of the great 40s musicals. Top stars, sumptuous color, and a pleasing score. Terrific!

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