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You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 19 November 1942 (USA)
The Acunas, a rich Argentine family, have the tradition that the daughters have to get married in order, oldest first. When sister #1 gets married, sisters #3 and #4 put pressure on Maria, ... See full summary »

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The Acunas, a rich Argentine family, have the tradition that the daughters have to get married in order, oldest first. When sister #1 gets married, sisters #3 and #4 put pressure on Maria, sister #2, because they have their husbands picked out already. But Maria hasn't yet met a man she likes. Eduardo Acuna, believing that men aren't romantic enough these days, sends his daughter flowers and anonymous love letters, creating a "mystery man" for her to fall in love with. He intends to pick out an appropriate beau for her later, to fill the role. But Robert Davis, an American dancer looking for work, stumbles into the picture. Maria falls for him, but the father does not approve. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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HAYWORTH--never lovelier! ASTAIRE--never more exciting! KERN'S MUSIC--never more inspired! See more »


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Tuesday's Orchids  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The song "On the Beam" was written for the film but not used. See more »

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When Maria and Mrs. Castro meet Robert in the sky room, Maria holds her overcoat lapels with both hands. Between shots she appears with both her arms hanging. See more »

Quotes

Xavier Cugat: [Cugat stumbles in, obviously listening at the door] Something in my eye.
Eduardo Acuña: A keyhole, no doubt.
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These Orchids
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played as background music for orchid deliveries
Played by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra and sung by the orchid delivery boys
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Old-fashioned is fine
26 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Eight out of ten seems an extravagant score for a fairly nonsensical bit of cotton-candy, but earned, if only for the muted elegance of the "I'm Old-fashioned" number, which is the absolute essence of romance. Although he always maintained a tactful evasiveness on the subject, I suspect Rita Hayworth may have been Fred's favourite partner. She, nee Cancino, was born into a (flamenco) dancing family, and like Astaire, danced with her whole body. While he, as is evident from the long roster of screen partners (including the late TV specials), obviously believed, with some justice, that he could transform any reasonably adequate dancer into what was required, he must have rejoiced, making this and their other joint movie, to work with a woman whose instincts were, uncoached, a match for his own. See it.


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