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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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Release Date:
30 March 1944 (USA) See more »
A Mirthful, Magical Musical ! See more »
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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Won Oscar. Another 4 nominations See more »
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Nice-Looking Cover, Not Much Inside See more (51 total) »


  (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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107 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:0 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #9395) | USA:TV-G (tv rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
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 »
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22 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Nice-Looking Cover, Not Much Inside, 8 June 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Rita Hayworth is just stunning at times and, for me, the only reason to watch this silly film. Despite the overdone 1940s lipstick, Rita was one of the all-time glamor women of Hollywood. In fact, for a couple of years I can't imagine anyone that looked better, except maybe Elizabeth Taylor in her prime.

Anyway, the co-star of the show, Gene Kelly, does not play his normal likable, at least the kind of guy we all know him from in "Singin' In The Rain." Here, Kelly's "Danny McGuire" pouts much of the time. Phil Silvers, who I loved on TV at "Sgt. Bilko," is so stupid in here as "Genius" you will just cringe listening to his dumb jokes....and they are stupid.

The visuals are good with great Technicolor, which almost looks terrific. You get to see a lot of pretty women in here, too, not just Hayworth. Unfortunately, the story isn't all that much. It centers around Hayworth deciding about a career choice. Along the way, we get the normal shabby treatment of marriage and we get an insultingly-dumb ending. All in all, an unmemorable film, except as a showcase for Hayworth's beauty.

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