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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:
Kelly dazzles, Arden charms, Hayworth needs a little spark... See more (49 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)
Miriam Franklin ... Specialty Dancer (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)
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)
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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:
Columbia Pictures gave Gene Kelly almost complete control over the making of this film, and many of his ideas contributed to its lasting success. He removed several of the sound stage walls so that he, Rita Hayworth, and Phil Silvers could dance along an entire street in one take. He also used trick photography so that he could dance with himself in one sequence.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Maurine pins the VANITY cover photo of Rusty on the call board in a wide shot, but it is a different picture from the next cut- a close-up of Rita Hayworth's face. When they cut back and forth to the wide shot, the difference is so startling that it does not look like Rita Hayworth at all. The faces even tilt in opposite directions.See more »
Quotes:
Danny McGuire:If I'm sorry nothing came of it, I'm a liar. If I'm glad, I'm a heel. Where do we go from here?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Xanadu (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
THE SHOW MUST GO ONSee more »

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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Kelly dazzles, Arden charms, Hayworth needs a little spark..., 27 August 2002
Author: gaityr from United Kingdom

Rita Hayworth as Rusty Parker is the COVER GIRL du jour--she's one of the dancing girls in Danny McGuire's club, the most special one according to Danny (Gene Kelly) and pretty much anyone who comes across her. Take for example, Vanity magazine magnate John Coudair (Otto Kruger): enchanted by Rusty's resemblance to her grandmother Maribelle (also played by Hayworth in flashbacks), whom he wooed devotedly when he fell in love with her, he tries to relive his youth by fixing what he thinks went wrong between himself and Maribelle. He doesn't believe that Danny could give Rusty happiness, or everything she should be entitled to--he even gets Danny believing this himself. When Rusty shoots to fame as Vanity's 'Cover Girl', Danny drives her away into the ready and waiting arms of Noel Wheaton (Lee Bowman). So what happens when Danny returns to town with his sidekick Genius (Phil Silvers) in tow, only to discover that Rusty is marrying Wheaton?

As a musical, COVER GIRL benefits from the beautiful score and songs written by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin, including the Oscar-nominated 'Long Ago and Far Away' (possibly one of the most gorgeous ballads ever written and beautifully, sweetly sung as a duet by Hayworth and Kelly), Maribelle's number 'Sure Thing' (the more lacklustre 'Poor John' isn't a Kern/Gershwin collaboration) and 'Put Me To The Test'. The dancing, of course, is top-notch, since Gene Kelly had more than just a hand in the choreography. It shows in the simplest of dances, for example his dance with Hayworth to 'Put Me To The Test', or the joyfully exuberant 'Make Way For Tomorrow' number (performed by the trio of Danny, Rusty and Genius)... which foreshadows the reaction Gene's character has to the police cop in the title number in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. Kelly especially scored a technological and artistic coup with the 'Alter-Ego' dance. Like its successors in ANCHORS AWEIGH and AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (Jerry the Mouse and the 16-minute ballet respectively), this dance is an example of the incredible innovation and creativity Kelly brought to the modern film musical: wanting to use the film medium to present dances that couldn't be showcased on a stage, and years before CGI, Kelly insisted on dancing with the one person who could possibly match him in talent and style--himself. The number is hardly five minutes long, but it (and Kelly's genius) still takes one's breath away, even sixty years down the line. This is the reason I watched COVER GIRL, and if nothing else, this dance is truly worth it.

You can tell that a great deal of money was lavished onto COVER GIRL and Rita Hayworth--not that she doesn't deserve it. Witness the scene when Rusty hits Broadway--the large screen showcasing all the different cover girls gives way to a staggeringly large stage rigged for Rusty's entrance. Hayworth is indeed one of the most effortlessly beautiful girls on show in the film, and she dances with a style and grace that is almost worthy of Kelly. (Very few of Kelly's co-stars have that honour.) She is hilarious in some scenes, for example her drunk scene when John and Wheaton come to get her from Joe's.

For some reason, however, her performance still lacks the spark of greatness which would help COVER GIRL overcome its general curse of mediocrity. That curse is only lifted whenever Gene Kelly is on the screen (dancing or no), or when Eve Arden as John's long-suffering secretary 'Stonewall' sidles by with another cutting comment or clever observation. Since the film, in the end, belongs to Hayworth, neither Kelly nor Arden can save it as a whole. This isn't to say that the film is bad--it isn't. It's enjoyable, with great songs and cute numbers and lots of pretty girls to look at. But it's just not quite a classic. The dancing is classic though--so watch COVER GIRL for that, and you won't regret it.

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