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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:
Put To The Test And Passes With Flying Colors See more (50 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
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Rita Hayworth's singing voice was dubbed by Martha Mears, not Nan Wynn as erroneously reported by some sources.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Danny McGuire:[indicates Noel Wheaton] This gentleman has been in the theater a good many years.
[to Wheaton]
Danny McGuire:Now, you've been in my theater a good many years too. Why don't you be a good boy and scram?
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Soundtrack:
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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Put To The Test And Passes With Flying Colors, 3 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

It took a loan out film to Columbia for Gene Kelly's home studio MGM to realize his creative talent and give him some control over what he did in his own films. Cover Girl also became Rita Hayworth's signature film for the GIs and their pinup fantasies during World War II.

Kelly plays the owner of a small nightclub in Brooklyn where Rita is a featured dancer and Phil Silvers the comic. Of course Kelly does a bit of hoofing himself there.

Hayworth comes to the attention of millionaire Otto Kruger when it turns out that Kruger had loved and lost Hayworth's grandmother. In some flashback sequences from the gaslight era, Hayworth also plays her own grandmother with Jess Barker playing the young Kruger. You might remember Jess Barker was the husband of that other legendary screen redhead, Susan Hayward.

Broadway producer Lee Bowman also is attracted to Hayward, but he's not interested in nostalgia. He wants her for his Ziegfeld Follies revue and in fact the biggest number of Cover Girl is the title song of the film. It's nicely done in Follies style.

Hayworth also gets to sing A Sure Thing in a gaslight era number and in the only song in the show not written by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin, Hayworth also does an old English music hall number Poor John. When I say sing, as everyone knows Rita mouths words. Singing here is done by Nan Wynn.

The biggest hit of the show is Long Ago and Far Away which is introduced by Gene Kelly. It was one of the biggest hits of the World War II era and one of the biggest sellers Jerome Kern ever wrote. It happens in fact to be a favorite of an aunt of mine who with my uncle will be celebrating 60 years of marriage this September. Long Ago and Far Away was nominated for Best Song, but lost to Swinging on a Star.

What really sets Cover Girl apart and what makes it a milestone film for Gene Kelly is the two numbers Put Me to the Test and the Alter Ego number. Harry Cohn decided to do what Louis B. Mayer had refused at MGM, to give Kelly creative control of his own material. Kelly later said the alter ego number was one of the hardest things he ever attempted in his career. In it he dances with a pale reflection of himself and the choreography is dazzling and intricate.

In fact after one more loan out film, Christmas Holiday at Universal, Louis B. Mayer never loaned out Gene Kelly for the rest of the time he was at MGM. And he did get creative control from then on.

With that dazzling technicolor cinematography and Rita's red hair and Gene Kelly's boundless creativity, Cover Girl was and is a classic and will forever be so.

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