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Rita Hayworth: The Columbia Lady (2000)

| Documentary, Short
A selective filmography of one of Columbia Pictures' most important stars, the "Love Goddess" Rita Hayworth.
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A selective filmography of one of Columbia Pictures' most important stars, the "Love Goddess" Rita Hayworth.

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This featurette is included on the Columbia Classics DVD of Gilda (1946). See more »

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Features You Were Never Lovelier (1942) See more »

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From Cansino To Hayworth, Rita Was Some Looker (and Dancer)!
18 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This "documentary" begins with a clip of Rita Cansino in "Meet Nero Wolfe" (1936). Cansino, of course, was Rita Hayworth's real name. It is said in here that from that film career start followed experiments in hair colors and, of course, the new name for Rita. Judging by how she looked by 1940, I'd say they succeeded. Few women, in their prime, were as gorgeous and sexy as Rita Hayworth.

In this little feature, we then get a short history of her at Columbia Studios, a resume which spanned 32 movies. We see clips from three or four of them, such as a prolonged dance scene with Fred Astire from "You Were Never Lovelier" and another with Gene Kelly in "Cover Girl." We also see the climactic shootout scene in "The Lady From Shanghai" in which Rita shocked audiences with short, blonde hair.

Earlier, we heard the voice of Astaire in discussing that he knew Rita's father prior to his first pairing with her, in the 1941 film "You'll Never Get Rich" in 1941.

My only complaint about this documentary was that it was too short and very rushed. Rita deserves a lot more than was shown in this 9-minute extra feature from the "Gilda" DVD.


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