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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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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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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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Storyline

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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several Conover Cover Girl models appear in this film, including highest-paid model at the time, Anita Colby. Harry Conover, founder of one of the top leading model agencies at the time, also served as advisor for the film. The title of the film stems from Harry Conover's original concept and famous trademark "Cover Girl" (condensed from the phrase "Conover Cover Girl"). His model agency was so successful that his models appeared most often on the covers of magazines and advertisements. See more »

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Danny dances with the mirror image of himself yet the "image" is not reversed, right to left, as a real image would be. See more »

Quotes

Noel Wheaton: That's my one virtue. I have nice friends.
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Featured in Stars of the Silver Screen: Rita Hayworth (2011) See more »

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WHO'S COMPLAINING?
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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Phil Silvers and danced with Rita Hayworth, Leslie Brooks and two chorus girls
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Beautiful Rita, Kern score and Phil Silvers dancing!!!
3 April 2004 | by (Blauvelt, NY) – See all my reviews

Two of these things are to be expected, the third is a complete surprise (that would be Phil Silvers dancing).

This is a delightful, if longer than it needs to be musical. A sub-plot with flashbacks and probably the worst Jerome Kern number ever written (Poor John), do not contribute enough to make them worthwhile. It's as if they wrote the movie, realized they didn't have enough material to produce a full-length picture, and added these other scenes to "fill it out". They don't work.

It's funny to see a 1940's musical with Gene Kelly (on loan from M-G-M)clearly taking a backseat to his leading lady. His second act number where he dances with himself is one highlight of the film. Other strong points are "Make Way For Tomorrow" and the lovely, "Long Ago And Far Away" (although I thought it odd that the latter number did not have a dance sequence attached to it). "Put Me To The Test", a number where Rita and Gene get to dance together, is a very good number, but the title song does nothing for me, although it is staged wonderfully.

Rita Hayworth is absolutely breath-taking. Her dancing is excellent, and this is clearly a role that suits her. Some of her hair pieces, however are awful. In a few scenes, the color of them do not match the color of her natural hair. Very distracting.

Phil Silvers is wonderful as Genius, Gene and Rita's friend and co-worker. Seeing him dance, especially as well as he did, was a wonderful surprise.

The major problem I had with this movie was that I never believed the relationship between the three leads. I didn't believe that Kelly and Hayworth were in love, or that Kelly and Silvers were real friends. Can't quite put my finger on it, but I didn't buy it.

Excellent supporting work by Eve Arden, Otto Kruger, Edward Brophy and Leslie Brooks.

6 out of 10


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