In Buenos Aires, a man who has decreed that his daughters must marry in order of age allows an American dancer to perform at his club under the condition that he play suitor to his second-oldest daughter.
William A. Seiter
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.
Nan Spencer is on a boat bound for Havana which runs aground. The man sent to rescue her is engaged and she doesn't understand his disinterest. Gambler is interested, to the annoyance of his girlfriend.
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
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Chorus girl Rusty Parker (Rita Hayworth) wins a magazine's contest to pick a new cover girl. This is thanks to the magazine's editor (Otto Kruger), who was in love with Rusty's grandmother. Apparently Rusty is the spitting image of Grandma. Anyway, as things usually go in musicals, she must decide between success and love with nightclub owner Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly). Rita is gorgeous, of course, and that's only enhanced by the Technicolor. Her dancing is excellent as well. Kelly is fine in the acting department but the dancing is where he shines. This was the musical that put him on the map and from this point on he was allowed to choreograph his dance routines in films. The movie has comedy backup from Phil Silvers and Eve Arden. Arden is great but Silvers is like everybody's unfunny uncle. The musical numbers are mostly just OK. The highlight songwise is "Long Ago and Far Away." The best dance number is Kelly's solo "Alter Ego" dance. It's not a bad musical but it's not one of my favorites.
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