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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 Memorable Musical of 1944! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las modelos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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 »

Goofs

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

Danny McGuire: [indicates Noel Wheaton] This gentleman has been in the theater a good many years.
[to Wheaton]
Danny McGuire: Now, you've been in my theater a good many years too. Why don't you be a good boy and scram?
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Connections

Referenced in Down to Earth (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

SURE THING
(uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears)
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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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