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You Were Never Lovelier (1942)




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The second and last of the Fred Astaire-Rita Hayworth vehicles, You Were Never Lovelier takes place in Argentina (courtesy of the Columbia Pictures art-direction department). Fred plays an American dancer whose fondness for betting on horse races has left him broke. Rita is the daughter of wealthy Argentinian nightclub owner Adolphe Menjou, who has vowed that his daughters will marry in the order of their ages-and since older sister Leslie Brooks is about to walk to the altar, Rita is next in line. To encourage his daughter to seek out an eligible husband, Menjou sends Rita unsigned love notes so that she'll think she has a secret admirer. Through a series of misunderstandings that could only happen in the movies, Rita becomes convinced that Fred is the man who's been plying her with notes and gifts. Menjou hires the impoverished Astaire as a potential son-in-law. Fred bridles at the thought of being a "bought spouse", but changes his mind when he falls in love with Rita on his own.more
Rating: Unrated (nothing objectionable)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Delmer Daves, Ernest Pagano, Michael Fessier
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 2004
Columbia Pictures Corporation


Fred Astaire
as Bob Davis
Rita Hayworth
as Maria Acuna
Adolphe Menjou
as Eduardo Acuna
Leslie Brooks
as Cecy Acuna
Adele Mara
as Lita Acuna
Xavier Cugat
as Himself
Isobel Elsom
as Mrs. Maria Castro
Gus Schilling
as Fernando
Barbara Brown
as Mrs. Delfina Acuna
Douglas Leavitt
as Juan Castro
Catherine Craig
as Julia Acuna
Kathleen Howard
as Grandmother Acuna
Mary Field
as Louise
Kirk Alyn
as Groom
George Bunny
as Flower Man
Ralph Peters
as Chauffeur
Lina Romay
as Singer
Miguelito Valdés
as Band Singer
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Critic Reviews for You Were Never Lovelier

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Rita Hayworth proves to be a good partner for Fred Asatire in this enjoyable, Oscar-nominated musical, with good songs and numbers (Dearly Beloved by Jerome Kern).

Full Review… | August 16, 2012

A good Astaire romantic musical after life with Ginger, with a beautiful 24-year-old Rita Hayworth as Ginger's replacement.

Full Review… | April 4, 2009
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Audience Reviews for You Were Never Lovelier

"You Were Never Lovelier" from 1042 starring the very taletned dancer Fred Astaire and the beautiful Rita Hayworth. This musical comedy centers in South America where a wealthy businessman whom owns a hotel is looking to marry off his next in line daughter (Hayworth). This will be done by him posing as a suiter and sending lovely letters and flowers and then enters the dancer (Astaire) whom is looking to get a job at the nightclub in the hotel and then poses as the letter writer....a lovely musical score and dance numbers for a sweet film.

Mason Williams

Super Reviewer


OK, so the plot is kind of meh, but I'll add on an extra half star just for the dancing of Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth. Fred and Rita always struck me as a slightly odd pairing when you put them together, but Rita was Fred's favourite dancing partner and their chemistry and the great choreography make the film. I just want to mention Gus Shilling who played the slighty camp secretary, who was the most hilarious aspect between the musical numbers.

Emily B.

Super Reviewer

First off, Rita Hayworth is very, very beautiful. Shocking, yes, I know. She is also very talented at singing and dancing. The story is pretty ridiculous, but it's also enjoyable in that old school everything-is-allright sort of way classic movies like this project often. Astaire and Hayworth don't really dance much together in the film; when they do it's pretty fantastic, but none of the songs themselves stand out to me. There's a few good little moments of humor as well. More light, fluffy fun from Astaire.

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