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Cover Girl (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 6 April 1944 (USA)
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Rusty Parker wins a contest and becomes a celebrated cover girl; this endangers her romance with dancing mentor Danny.

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Virginia Van Upp (screenplay), Marion Parsonnet (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... John 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
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Storyline

Rusty Parker, a red-headed leggy dancer at Danny McGuire's Night Club in Brooklyn, wants to be a successful Broadway star. She enters a contest to be a 'Cover Girl' as a stepping-stone in her career. She reminds the publisher, John Coudair, of his lost love, showgirl Maribelle Hicks. He was engaged to Maribelle, although his wealthy society mother made fun of her. Maribelle left John at the altar when she saw the piano at her wedding. It reminded her of the piano-player she truly loved. Rusty is Maribelle's granddaughter and there are musical sequences with Maribelle dancing to songs from the beginning of the 20th century. Rusty lands on the cover of her grandmother's former fiancé's magazine (as a bride). She is pursued by Coudair's pal, the wealthy theatrical producer, Noel Wheaton. He produces a lavish musical to star Rusty, surrounded by real cover girls of the mid 1940's. Rusty runs down a huge spiral into the arms of dozens of men who seem clumsy next to her ethereal dancing. ... Written by Jenny Lens <jennylens@dslextreme.com>

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The Most Memorable Musical of 1944! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las modelos See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The dance numbers were shot simultaneously by three cameras - one each for long, medium and close-up shots. This was done to cut down on the number of takes and saved time, according to a contemporary article in The Hollywood Reporter. See more »

Goofs

When Rusty's face appears on the cover of a top fashion magazine, someone rips the cover off and there is no ad on the reverse side - traditionally (along with the back cover) one of the most sought-after pages for magazine advertisers. See more »

Quotes

Rusty Parker: How could this get you into the big time? Getting your face on a magazine?
Maurine Martin: Listen, a Cover Girl's face can unlock any door in this town. So, I've got a face, I'm gonna use it!
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Connections

Referenced in Down to Earth (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

THE SHOW MUST GO ON
(uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung and Danced by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears), Leslie Brooks,
and chorus
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Energetic and Fun
19 April 2004 | by laffinsalSee all my reviews

For a non-MGM musical from the 1940s, this is quite a memorable and enjoyable film. Rita Hayworth, at the peak of her career, is stunning, a vision of loveliness and in full Technicolor, no less! Gene Kelly, in one of his earliest films, is a good match for her, although his character is really something of a jerk. Phil Silvers provides good comic relief, without being too obnoxious, but Eve Arden, with her dry one-liners, is an even bigger hoot.

The music score is quite good for the most part...with only one sour note ("Poor John"). The haunting "Long Ago and Far Away" is beautiful, "Put Me to the Test" is a good number for the two leads, and "Make Way for Tomorrow" is a lively, fun number. Of course, credit must be given to Gene Kelly for his fantastic "alter-ego" dance sequence, which is without a doubt, the highlight of the film.

Definitely worth seeking out for fans of Gene or Rita...this is one of the great 40s musicals. Top stars, sumptuous color, and a pleasing score. Terrific!


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