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You'll Never Get Rich (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 25 September 1941 (USA)
In order to cover up his philandering ways, a married Broadway producer sets one of his dancers up on a date with a chorus girl for whom he had bought a gift, but the two dancers fall in love for real.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Michael Fessier (original screenplay), Ernest Pagano (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Robert Curtis
Rita Hayworth ... Sheila Winthrop
Robert Benchley ... Martin Cortland
John Hubbard ... Tom Barton
Osa Massen ... Sonya
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Julia Cortland
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Kewpie Blain (as Guinn Williams)
Donald MacBride ... Top Sergeant
Cliff Nazarro ... Swivel Tongue
Marjorie Gateson ... Aunt Louise
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Barton
Boyd Davis Boyd Davis ... Colonel Shiller
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Storyline

After his wife discovers a telltale diamond bracelet, impresario Martin Cortland tries to show he's not chasing after showgirl Sheila Winthrop. Choreographer Robert Curtis gets caught in the middle of the boss's scheme. Army conscription offers Robert the perfect escape from his troubles- or does it? Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Exciting loveliness and rhythm in a star-spangled army musical!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

He's My Uncle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

Robert Curtis: [singing] My condition is only so-so, Cause whenever I feel you're close, oh, You turn out to be, Oh, so far...
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The opening credits are presented as a series of roadside advertising signs observed by one of the characters. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Rita Hayworth (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye
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Written by Cole Porter
Song played and sung by The Four Tones (Lucius Brooks, Leon Buck, Rudolph Hunter and John Porter)
Danced by Fred Astaire in the guard house
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Hayworth seems a bit too "grand" for Astaire's self-effacing style...
27 March 2005 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Released shortly before America's entry into the war, Columbia's "You'll Never Get Rich" is one of Fred Astaire's better films during the relatively dry period that extended from his last RKO film with Ginger Rogers to his first films at MGM…

Since leaving RKO and Ginger Rogers, Astaire had danced with Eleanor Powell in "Broadway Melody of 1940" and with Paulette Goddard in "Second Chorus."

In "You'll Never Get Rich," he had a new partner in Rita Hayworth: a lushly beautiful redheaded actress who was being prepared for stardom in mostly low-budget films… She was a talented dancer who had worked with her family for many years in a vaudeville act called the Dancing Casinos…

"You'll Never Get Rich" cast Astaire as Robert Curtis, a Broadway dance director who is drafted into the army… He becomes involved in an on-again, off-again romance with Sheila Winthrop (Hayworth), a beautiful chorus girl whose fiancé is a captain in the army… The not-very-interesting plot is often interrupted for musical interludes… Astaire and Hayworth dance together twice—to the sensuous Latin beat of "So Near and Yet So Far," and in "The Wedding Cake Walk," a military finale which has a chorus of war brides and soldiers, plus the two stars, dancing atop a huge tank…

Astaire and Hayworth make an attractive dance team, although Hayworth seems a bit too formidable, too "grand" for Astaire's self-effacing style…. Astaire also has several numbers without Hayworth: most notably, a dance in a guardhouse to the song "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye," in which he combines several kinds of dazzling footwork…

"You'll Never Get Rich" is lightweight but amiable entertainment, and it kept Astaire dancing…


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