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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 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 ...
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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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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The guests at the 1904 wedding are the same people, wearing the same clothes and hairstyles, as the guests at the 1944 wedding. Of particular note are the young girl wearing a giant red flower as a hat, and the white-haired old lady with white boa feathers on the side of her head. See more »

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Genius: [From the song "Who's Complaining?" which dealt with food rationing during World War Two] "Because of Axis trickery, my coffee now is chicory, and I can rarely purloin a sirloin... No complaining, through the campaigning. Who cares if the carrots are few? I'll feed myself on artichokes, until that Nazi party chokes, so long as they don't ration, my passion, for you!"
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POOR JOHN
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Written by Fred W. Leigh (1906)
Lyrics by Henry E. Pether
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears) and danced with male chorus
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Rita, Gene and good stuff for Columbia
8 October 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Good things about "Cover Girl" - Gene Kelly dancing with his own reflection; the luminous Rita Hayworth; the street dance; "Long Ago and Far Away", the cover girls sequence. Bad things - "Poor John", an unbelievable by-plot about Hayworth's grandmother, and perhaps too much Phil Silvers. But when it is good, it certainly is good. I'd say it passes the time but nothing too mind-boggling in musical terms (although for Columbia it was probably one of the studio's peaks in the genre).


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