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Cover Girl (1944)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 6 April 1944 (USA)
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Rusty Parker wins a contest and becomes a celebrated cover girl; this endangers her romance with dancing mentor Danny.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rusty Parker / Maribelle Hicks
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Noel Wheaton
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Genius
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Jinx Falkenburg
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Maurine Martin
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Cornelia Jackson
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Miss Colby
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Chef at Danny McGuire's
Jean Colleran ...
Cover Girl: American Magazine
Francine Counihan ...
Cover Girl: American Home
Helen Mueller ...
Cover Girl: Collier's Magazine
Cecilia Meagher ...
Cover Girl: Coronet
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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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TOO THRILLING FOR WORDS...SO THEY SET IT TO MUSIC, ROMANCE, DANCE AND SONG! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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6 April 1944 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Rusty's face appears on the cover of a top fashion magazine, someone rips the cover off and there is no ad on the reverse side - traditionally (along with the back cover) one of the most sought-after pages for magazine advertisers. See more »

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Pop - Doorman: Say, maybe if you'd had a horse under ya' over there in North Africa instead of one of them there tanks, you wouldn't have got shot up the way you was and sent home... Where'd it get ya', Danny?
Danny McGuire: In Libya.
Pop - Doorman: Well, it don't show a bit.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Rita Hayworth (1962) See more »

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ALTER-EGO DANCE
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Music by Jerome Kern
Danced by Gene Kelly
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Nice-Looking Cover, Not Much Inside
8 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rita Hayworth is just stunning at times and, for me, the only reason to watch this silly film. Despite the overdone 1940s lipstick, Rita was one of the all-time glamor women of Hollywood. In fact, for a couple of years I can't imagine anyone that looked better, except maybe Elizabeth Taylor in her prime.

Anyway, the co-star of the show, Gene Kelly, does not play his normal likable, at least the kind of guy we all know him from in "Singin' In The Rain." Here, Kelly's "Danny McGuire" pouts much of the time. Phil Silvers, who I loved on TV at "Sgt. Bilko," is so stupid in here as "Genius" you will just cringe listening to his dumb jokes....and they are stupid.

The visuals are good with great Technicolor, which almost looks terrific. You get to see a lot of pretty women in here, too, not just Hayworth. Unfortunately, the story isn't all that much. It centers around Hayworth deciding about a career choice. Along the way, we get the normal shabby treatment of marriage and we get an insultingly-dumb ending. All in all, an unmemorable film, except as a showcase for Hayworth's beauty.


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