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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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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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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As she stated in her autobiography, Lauren Bacall had been wanted by Columbia to appear in this film as Harper's Bazaar cover girl (as she had appeared on Harper's Bazaar cover in March 1943), but instead filmed To Have and Have Not (1944) at Warner Bros. and became a star. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Pop - Doorman: Say, maybe if you'd had a horse under ya' over there in North Africa instead of one of them there tanks, you wouldn't have got shot up the way you was and sent home... Where'd it get ya', Danny?
Danny McGuire: In Libya.
Pop - Doorman: Well, it don't show a bit.
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Referenced in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) See more »

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PUT ME TO THE TEST
(uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Gene Kelly
Danced by Kelly with chorus and Rita Hayworth
Comedy reprise by Gene Kelly and Phil Silvers
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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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