Monday, January 4, 2010


Cover Girl (1944) musical. Cast: Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly. Directed by Charles Vidor, and was one of the most loved musicals of the war years. The film has 8 dance/songs written by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin.

The film begins when Maxine Martin enters a contest to be a Vanity magazine cover girl. Rusty Parker, another dancer at Danny Maguire's Brooklyn nightclub, also enters the contest.

The two women are interviewed by Cornelia Jackson, who works for the magazine.

When Jackson shows interest in Rusty, Maxine ruins her chances by telling her that Jackson is looking for a model with over the top personality. When Rusty takes her advice and puts on a huge act, Jackson thinks she is nuts. Jackson believes that Maxine is the better candidate for the cover. Coudair insists on going to Danny's club to see her in her "natural environment." When they get to the club they watch the girls dance number where Rusty, reminds Coudair of his long lost love, Maribelle Hicks.

After her performance, Rusty joins Danny and Genius, at Joe's oyster bar, where they enjoy their Friday night ritual looking for a pearl to bring them luck.

When they return to their apartment, Rusty finds a telegram from Coudair, inviting her to his office the next day. Thinking that Coudair's offer will end their close friendship, Genius tears up the telegram. When Rusty is alone she runs back downstairs to put the pieces back together.

Rusty makes her appointment with Coudair, and when he learns that Maribelle Hicks was her grandmother, he gives her the magazine's cover. Coudair brings Broadway theater owner Noel Wheaton to meet Rusty to offer her a job. At first Rusty turns him down. Coudair joins forces with Wheaton to lure Rusty to Broadway and sends Rusty an invitation to Vanity 's 50th anniversary dinner.

Meanwhile Danny arrives at the Coudair mansion only find to find the house empty except for Coudair who insist that Danny free Rusty from her contract.

The next day, Rusty is late for rehearsal, and Danny gives her song to Maxine to perform. Rusty hurt rushes out of the club, headed for Broadway.

Will Rusty give up fame and fortune for love?


Columbia Pictures gave Gene Kelly almost complete control over the making of this film. He also used trick photography so that he could dance with himself in one sequence.(one of my favorite scenes in the film.)


Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung and Danced by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears), Leslie Brooks,
and chorus

Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Phil Silvers and danced with Rita Hayworth, Leslie Brooks and two chorus girls

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

Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and E.Y. Harburg
Sung and Danced by Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears); Phil Silvers

Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Gene Kelly
Danced by Kelly with chorus and Rita Hayworth
Comedy reprise by Gene Kelly and Phil Silvers

Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears)

Written by Fred W. Leigh (1906)
Lyrics by Henry E. Pether
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Martha Mears) and danced with male chorus

Music by Jerome Kern
Danced by Gene Kelly

Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by chorus; danced by Rita Hayworth with chorus

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