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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John Coudair
Jess Barker ...
Coudair as a Young Man
Anita Colby ...
Miss Colby
Curt Bois ...
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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As she stated in her autobiography, Lauren Bacall had been wanted by Columbia to appear in this film as Harper's Bazaar cover girl (as she had appeared on Harper's Bazaar cover in March 1943), but instead filmed To Have and Have Not (1944) at Warner Bros. and became a star. See more »

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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 »

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Danny McGuire: If I'm sorry nothing came of it, I'm a liar. If I'm glad, I'm a heel. Where do we go from here?
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Rita Hayworth (1962) See more »

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SURE THING
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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears)
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An Extravaganza of Music and A Good Story too!
28 March 2002 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

A good story about Rusty Parker (Rita Hayworth) who dreams of being on broadway which means she would have to leave the small dinner theater where she works with Danny (Gene Kelly) and Genius (Phil Silvers). Rusty is in love with Danny. All three are good friends and every Friday night they go to a local bar where they get oysters so they can look for a pearl (they never eat them). The story line provides numerous opportunities for songs and dancing. The movie has two questions that Rusty must answer: Is fame all that it is cracked up to be? and Is less really more if you are happy? Answering those questions makes the movie. The movie also does a good job of showcasing the talents that all three principals had. Never a dull moment!


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