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Cover Girl (1944)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 30 March 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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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 ...
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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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30 March 1944 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Rita Hayworth's singing voice was dubbed by Martha Mears, not Nan Wynn as erroneously reported by some sources. 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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Rusty Parker: Oh, how I hate oysters!
Genius: Ain't they repulsive?
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Referenced in Stars of the Silver Screen: Rita Hayworth (2011) See more »

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MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW
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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and E.Y. Harburg
Sung and Danced by Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears); Phil Silvers
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Great dancing doesn't make a great movie
14 October 2011 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth dance up a storm. Phil Silvers puts on his own dancing shoes to jump in with the two leads on occasion and holds his own, more or less. Some of the musical numbers are a lot of fun and one of them shows off what was in 1944 a dazzling bit of technological wizardry. So with all of that why is there the feeling that this movie ultimately disappoints? The problem lies with the story which is rather flimsy, in places scarcely believable, and in the end utterly predictable. Once the movie sets up its plot you can see the ending coming a mile away. There is little to nothing in the way of drama. Along the way the wonderfully talented Kelly and Hayworth can put a smile on your face now and again with their wonderful dancing. If this was a dance exhibition it would be a smashing success. But it's not a dance exhibition, it's a movie. And as a movie Cover Girl is somewhat of a letdown.

Kelly plays Danny McGuire, owner of, and of course dancer at, a small Brooklyn nightclub. Hayworth plays Rusty Parker, the leader of the club's dance troupe. Rusty's the club's star attraction but in this small out-of-the-way setting nobody's star is shining particularly brightly. But thanks to a bit of nonsense involving someone's fascination with Rusty's deceased grandmother Rusty will soon see her star on the rise. She'll have the opportunity to leave shabby Brooklyn behind for the bright lights of Broadway. And if you can't guess where this is headed you obviously haven't seen very many movies.

Along the way there are some stellar song-and-dance numbers. The fact that when you see Hayworth "singing" you know it's not actually her voice you're hearing does detract from the experience a bit. But Kelly and Hayworth do make a great team. As do Kelly and Kelly and yes you read that right and you'll just have to see the film to understand. As the film's third wheel Silvers is the designated funny guy. Unfortunately his over-the-top antics wear thin very quickly. By the end he's so annoying you cringe every time he speaks. Full credit to him though for keeping up with Kelly and Hayworth in a big dance sequence which is a lot of fun and one of the highlights of the film. Unfortunately there are as many lowlights as highlights in the musical department. The songs Rusty's grandma gets to sing in the flashback sequences are real duds for example. Some other songs aren't that bad but are rather forgettable. The film, in all its Technicolor splendor, looks great. Hayworth may never have looked better and she and Kelly are two terrific stars doing some fabulous dance work. But its not enough. Great visuals and great dancing don't necessarily make for a great movie.


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