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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 Brilliant Musical Of Our Time! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las modelos See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Kelly reprised his role as Danny McGuire in Xanadu (1980), his last movie role. The 36-year gap between films, from 1944 to 1980, is the longest gap in film history for a movie character played in two separate films by the same actor. See more »

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The guests at the 1904 wedding are the same people, wearing the same clothes and hairstyles, as the guests at the 1944 wedding. Of particular note are the young girl wearing a giant red flower as a hat, and the white-haired old lady with white boa feathers on the side of her head. See more »

Quotes

Noel Wheaton: I guess my trumpet was kinda outta tune?
Cornelia 'Stonewall' Jackson: I thought I heard a sour note.
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Soundtracks

SURE THING
(uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears)
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Long Ago & Far Away
6 February 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This is definitely an outstanding 1944 musical with great young stars and famous veteran actors under the direction of Charles Vidor. Rita Hayworth, (Rusty Parker),"Charlie Chan in Egypt", sang and danced with Gene Kelly,(Danny McGuire), "Anchors Away", Danny McGuire owned a night club in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was in love with Rusty Parker who was a dancer in his club along with Phil Silvers,(Genius),"Coney Island", who was the comedian in this picture and also worked and dance together with Danny, Rusty. Otto Kruger, (John Coudair),"Duel in the Sun" played the role as a promoter of a cover girl magazine and decided Rusty Parker was going to be his top model. Jerome Kern's music is heard through out the entire picture and the song, "Long Ago & Far Away" is the theme music for this musical. This film was nominated for many awards and was a big hit at the box office during WW II which kept peoples minds off of the war that was going on at the time. Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly were instant hits and their career's exploded on the silver screen for many many years. Great Musical and a film you will not want to miss, this is truly a great Classic Film. Enjoy


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