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Cover Girl (1944)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Rusty Parker / Maribelle Hicks
Noel Wheaton
Jinx Falkenburg
Maurine Martin
Cornelia Jackson
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 ...
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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 <>

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Release Date:

30 March 1944 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Just before Danny and Rusty talk for the first time about her being a cover girl Genius is called on stage to do his "Who's Complaining?" number yet the music playing in the background is "Long Ago and Far Away." Also Rusty isn't in her cab driver costume. See more »


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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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung and Danced by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears), Leslie Brooks,
and chorus
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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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