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Cover Girl (1944)

Approved  |   |  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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rusty Parker / Maribelle Hicks
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Lee Bowman ...
Noel Wheaton
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Genius
Jinx Falkenburg ...
Jinx Falkenburg
Leslie Brooks ...
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 ...
Francine Counihan ...
Helen Mueller ...
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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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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Trivia

The song "Put Me To the Test" was a complete reworking of an instrumental used in the 1937 Fred Astaire musical A Damsel in Distress (1937) The lyrics for it had already been written by Ira Gershwin, and the original melody by his brother George, but because the song had already been heard only as an instrumental in that film, George Gershwin's melody was discarded in favor of a new one by Jerome Kern when "Cover Girl" was made, and Ira Gershwin's lyrics to the song were finally heard. See more »

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When Rusty's face appears on the cover 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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Danny McGuire: [indicates Noel Wheaton] This gentleman has been in the theater a good many years.
[to Wheaton]
Danny McGuire: Now, you've been in my theater a good many years too. Why don't you be a good boy and scram?
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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears)
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Gene Kelly's pivotal role and Rita Hayworth's most glamorous.
7 March 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Cover Girl's importance lies not in its originality as a book (it's a standard backstage Cinderella story), as much as it does in what happened to each of its stars. Gene Kelly was "loaned out" to do it when MGM boss L.B. Mayer didn't have much use for him at his own studio. His performance in this film, coupled with the ground-breaking 'Alter Ego' dance solo (duo?) was so successful that it made MGM take him seriously at last (he was never loaned out again) and allowed him to flourish with the soon-to-come hits of "Anchors Aweigh," "On The Town," and "An American In Paris." Likewise for Rita Hayworth; Columbia had been grooming her for years, but she had done mostly B-level films. CG showed her off as a lead in glorious Technicolor, and paved the way for GILDA, her signature (and much more adult) role. Here she and Kelly make a sweet couple, and dance well in "Put Me To The Test" and the fresh, energetic "Make Way For Tomorrow." They are at their most poignant in "Long Ago And Far Away," but the number (played on piano by Phil Silvers and sung as they both stack up nightclub chairs) seems to beg for a dance number, then doesn't have one. Another good number is the title tune, which pays tribute to the famous American magazines/cover girl models of the day. Hayworth appears as the last model, running down a curved runway in a gold dress with her flaming mane flying behind her. A dream in Technicolor!!


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