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Cover Girl (1944)

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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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Taglines:

TOO THRILLING FOR WORDS...SO THEY SET IT TO MUSIC, ROMANCE, DANCE AND SONG! (original poster - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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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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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

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

Genius: If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times, you don't get there on the steps; you get there on your - but, I suppose it all depends on what you're after. Day and night! Night and day! All I do is work and slave and try to keep this place with it's head under water. What happens? My number comes up, the joint goes to pieces! People sittin' on the steps, chef quittin', noisy kitchen, girls always gabbin'. Yakety-yakety-yakety. It's not that I'm complaining or anything.
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Referenced in Down to Earth (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

PUT ME TO THE TEST
(uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Gene Kelly
Danced by Kelly with chorus and Rita Hayworth
Comedy reprise by Gene Kelly and Phil Silvers
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Rita, Gene and good stuff for Columbia
8 October 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Good things about "Cover Girl" - Gene Kelly dancing with his own reflection; the luminous Rita Hayworth; the street dance; "Long Ago and Far Away", the cover girls sequence. Bad things - "Poor John", an unbelievable by-plot about Hayworth's grandmother, and perhaps too much Phil Silvers. But when it is good, it certainly is good. I'd say it passes the time but nothing too mind-boggling in musical terms (although for Columbia it was probably one of the studio's peaks in the genre).


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