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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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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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A Mirthful, Magical Musical ! See more »


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6 April 1944 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The song "Long Ago And Far Away" has been recorded by more than 80 singers and orchestras, the last time was in 2010. The 1944 recording by Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes remained on the charts for 11 weeks. 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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Noel Wheaton: That's my one virtue. I have nice friends.
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Edited into American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »

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LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY
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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Gene Kelly and 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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