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Cover Girl -- Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly star in this magical musical about a showgirl who becomes highly successful and hugely unhappy.

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Director:
Writers:
Virginia Van Upp (screenplay)
Marion Parsonnet (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
30 March 1944 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Mirthful, Magical Musical ! See more »
Plot:
Rusty Parker wins a contest and becomes a celebrated cover girl; this endangers her romance with dancing mentor Danny. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great dancing doesn't make a great movie See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rita Hayworth ... Rusty Parker / Maribelle Hicks

Gene Kelly ... Danny McGuire
Lee Bowman ... Noel Wheaton

Phil Silvers ... Genius
Jinx Falkenburg ... Jinx Falkenburg
Leslie Brooks ... Maurine Martin

Eve Arden ... Cornelia Jackson

Otto Kruger ... 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
Betty Jane Hess ... Cover Girl: Cosmopolitan
Dusty Anderson ... Cover Girl: Farm Journal
Eileen McClory ... Cover Girl: Glamour
Cornelia B. von Hessert ... Cover Girl: Harper's Bazaar
Karen X. Gaylord ... Cover Girl: Liberty
Chery Archibald ... Cover Girl: Look
Peggy Lloyd ... Cover Girl: Mademoiselle
Betty Jane Graham ... Cover Girl: McCalls
Martha Outlaw ... Cover Girl: Red Book
Susann Shaw ... Cover Girl: Vogue
Rose May Robson ... Cover Girl: Woman's Home Companion
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Albertson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Eddie Allen ... Best Man (uncredited)
Lucille Allen ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Eugene Anderson Jr. ... Busboy (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Assistant Cook (uncredited)
Warren Ashe ... Interviewer (uncredited)
Jackie Barnett ... Dancer (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Florist Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Jack Boyle ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Linda Brent ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Betty Brewer ... Autograph Hound (uncredited)
Betty Brodel ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Edward Brophy ... Joe - Bartender (uncredited)
Sally Cairns ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sherry Cameron ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Glenn Charles ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Stanley Clements ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Eddie Cutler ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
George Dobbs ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Mac the Cop (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... 'Vanity' Photographer (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Reporter-Photographer (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Soldier on Pickup Truck (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Coudair's Butler (uncredited)
Virginia Gardner ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Helene Garron ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Marion Graham ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Diane Griffith ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Soldier (uncredited)
Thurston Hall ... Tony Pastor (uncredited)
Eloise Hart ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Food Critic Dipping Soup (uncredited)
Robert F. Hill ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Pop - Doorman (uncredited)
Randolph Hughes ... Dancer (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Reporter Asking About Flowers (uncredited)
William Kline ... James - Chauffeur (uncredited)
Miriam LaVelle ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
George Lessey ... Minister (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Man in Nightclub Audience (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Naval Officer in Audience (uncredited)
Martha Mears ... Rusty Parker (singing voice) (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Man in Nightclub Audience (uncredited)
Johnny Mitchell ... Pianist (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Vin Moore ... Waiter (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Marion (uncredited)
Muriel Morris ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Miriam Nelson ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Al Norman ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Harry the Drunk (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Cook (uncredited)
Kathleen O'Malley ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Truckman (uncredited)
Jack Rice ... Reporter (uncredited)
Larry Rio ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Patti Sacks ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Truckman (uncredited)
Gwen Seager ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Serviceman in Audience (uncredited)
Patti Sheldon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Bill Sloan ... Naval Officer (uncredited)
Victor Travers ... Bartender (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Jim - Electrician (uncredited)
Virginia Wilson ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Shelley Winters ... Chorus Girl (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Rudy Wissler ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Constance Worth ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Ronald Wyckoff ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Vidor 
 
Writing credits
Virginia Van Upp (screenplay)

Marion Parsonnet (adaptation) &
Paul Gangelin (adaptation)

Erwin S. Gelsey (story) (as Erwin Gelsey)

John H. Kafka  uncredited

Produced by
Arthur Schwartz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carmen Dragon (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Allen M. Davey 
Rudolph Maté 
 
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Fay Babcock 
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (gowns)
Muriel King (gowns)
Gwen Wakeling (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Budd Boetticher .... assistant director (as Oscar Boetticher Jr.)
Jack Voglin .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (uncredited)
John P. Livadary .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Cronenweth .... still photographer (uncredited)
Burnett Guffey .... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard H. Kline .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Homer Plannette .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
John Hoffman .... montage
 
Music Department
Carmen Dragon .... orchestrator
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... music recordist (as P.J. Faulkner)
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Martha Mears .... singing voice: Rita Hayworth (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Coburn .... magazine cover photographer
Anita Colby .... technical advisor
Harry Conover .... technical advisor
Norman Deming .... assistant to producer
Seymour Felix .... choreographer
John Hoffman .... magazine cover photographer
Kenneth Hopkins .... hat maker (as Keneth Hopkins)
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Morgan Padelford .... associate technicolor color director
Val Raset .... choreographer
William R. Anderson .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Anita Colby .... press agent (uncredited)
Stanley Donen .... choreographer (uncredited)
Fred Kelly .... additional choreographer (uncredited)
Gene Kelly .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
107 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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 »
Quotes:
Genius:You probably know what you're doin', Mr. Coudair. But that was a pretty swell thing those kids had. Certainly glad I'm not the one that broke it up, I couldn't sleep nights.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Rita Hayworth: The Columbia Lady (2000) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
LONG AGO AND FAR AWAYSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Great dancing doesn't make a great movie, 14 October 2011
Author: hall895 from New Jersey

Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth dance up a storm. Phil Silvers puts on his own dancing shoes to jump in with the two leads on occasion and holds his own, more or less. Some of the musical numbers are a lot of fun and one of them shows off what was in 1944 a dazzling bit of technological wizardry. So with all of that why is there the feeling that this movie ultimately disappoints? The problem lies with the story which is rather flimsy, in places scarcely believable, and in the end utterly predictable. Once the movie sets up its plot you can see the ending coming a mile away. There is little to nothing in the way of drama. Along the way the wonderfully talented Kelly and Hayworth can put a smile on your face now and again with their wonderful dancing. If this was a dance exhibition it would be a smashing success. But it's not a dance exhibition, it's a movie. And as a movie Cover Girl is somewhat of a letdown.

Kelly plays Danny McGuire, owner of, and of course dancer at, a small Brooklyn nightclub. Hayworth plays Rusty Parker, the leader of the club's dance troupe. Rusty's the club's star attraction but in this small out-of-the-way setting nobody's star is shining particularly brightly. But thanks to a bit of nonsense involving someone's fascination with Rusty's deceased grandmother Rusty will soon see her star on the rise. She'll have the opportunity to leave shabby Brooklyn behind for the bright lights of Broadway. And if you can't guess where this is headed you obviously haven't seen very many movies.

Along the way there are some stellar song-and-dance numbers. The fact that when you see Hayworth "singing" you know it's not actually her voice you're hearing does detract from the experience a bit. But Kelly and Hayworth do make a great team. As do Kelly and Kelly and yes you read that right and you'll just have to see the film to understand. As the film's third wheel Silvers is the designated funny guy. Unfortunately his over-the-top antics wear thin very quickly. By the end he's so annoying you cringe every time he speaks. Full credit to him though for keeping up with Kelly and Hayworth in a big dance sequence which is a lot of fun and one of the highlights of the film. Unfortunately there are as many lowlights as highlights in the musical department. The songs Rusty's grandma gets to sing in the flashback sequences are real duds for example. Some other songs aren't that bad but are rather forgettable. The film, in all its Technicolor splendor, looks great. Hayworth may never have looked better and she and Kelly are two terrific stars doing some fabulous dance work. But its not enough. Great visuals and great dancing don't necessarily make for a great movie.

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