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Cover Girl (1944)

Approved | | 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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rusty Parker / Maribelle Hicks
... Danny McGuire
... Noel Wheaton
... Genius
... Jinx Falkenburg
... Maurine Martin
... Cornelia Jackson
... John Coudair
... John Coudair as a Young Man
... Miss Colby
... Chef at Danny McGuire's
... Cover Girl: American Magazine
... Cover Girl: American Home
... Cover Girl: Collier's Magazine
... Cover Girl: Coronet
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first Technicolor musical for Columbia Pictures. 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

Rusty Parker: Oh, how I hate oysters!
Genius: Ain't they repulsive?
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ALTER-EGO DANCE
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Music by Jerome Kern
Danced by Gene Kelly
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Rita, Gene and good stuff for Columbia
8 October 2003 | by See 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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