You Were Never Lovelier Reviews
March 17, 2013
Rita is the only one to partner with Astaire who's more charming than he is
January 12, 2014
The latter of Hayworth's two films with Astaire is more cohesive than the first, with great comic support from Adolphe Menjou.
December 7, 2013
This was made after the success of "You'll Never Get Rich." It's set in South America where a father wants to get his four daughters married by their age from oldest to youngest. The oldest gets married, but the second oldest played by Rita Hayworth is very picky; her two younger sisters want her to get married because they themselves are very desperate. The main plot is the father writing love letters to Rita and sending flowers as an anonymous lover so if Rita falls in love, he will later find a guy for her to get married. By accident, Fred Astaire ends up delivering the flowers to their house, and that's where the fun begins. Very much like the first film, few of Hayworth's expressions are somewhat artificial, she is not nearly as good as in the other films I've seen, but she is always charming. The song and dance routines are a joy to watch. "Cover Girl" is still my favorite of the musicals I've seen of Rita Hayworth because I get to see her in color and I think its dance numbers are more creative. I prefer this film over "You'll Never Get Rich." I'm excited to see more of Fred Astaire!
December 4, 2013
While not a great film, it is a musical comedy worth seeing. A shame we couldn't see Rita & the other girls in color here.
October 26, 2013
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.
October 8, 2013
All the convoluted back-and-forth about scheming to marry off daughters is secondary to the dancing and chemistry between stars in this Argentina-set musical comedy. Outside of Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth are probably my favorite pairing of his. They only did two films together, but they're a match on and off the dance floor here, and whenever Hayworth is on screen, she embodies the title of the film -- very glamorous. With some good songs by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer, 'You Were Never Lovelier' is one of the better Astaire vehicles.
November 21, 2012
oh watta sweet,,, movie :)
August 7, 2012
vehicle # 2 4 fred/rita
July 30, 2012
I know, I know, Fred Astaire, only three stars . . . it was kind of meh and seventy years later . . . it has become overly predictable. Not sure this one stands up to the test of time.
May 15, 2012
I've seen quite a few films starring Fred Astaire now, and his dancing never fails to entertain me! This time there was a South-American flavour which made it a bit different! The plot wasn't too bad, either, but the music and the dancing was what made it worth watching.
April 13, 2012
Two of the finest dancers!
January 8, 2012
What a sweet musical -- Fred Astaire playing the shy dancer who's looking for work in South America, Rita Hayworth playing one of a family of sisters with a father who orchestrates everyone's lives. A more unique plot, I thought, paired with good humor and a lovely starring pair made this a joy to watch.
November 5, 2011
A solid musical with a better than average rom com esque plot line, and more than a few great Kern/Mercer tunes. Fred Astaire's dancing is perfect as usual, and Rita Hayworth's is surprisingly just as good.
August 18, 2011
Yes, Fred and Rita together! Dancer Robert (Astaire) has traveled to Buenos Aries and has met a rich entrepreneur (Menjou) and his family. All of his daughters are getting married, except the gorgeous Maria (Hayworth). So to get her to finally get hitched, he sends love letters to her, claiming that they're from Robert. But all goes wrong when they actually fall in love. You Were Never Lovelier was the second and final pairing of Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire after the smash of 1941's "You'll Never Get Rich". Known for the fact that Hayworth was his favorite dancing partner, Astaire really proved it here. The dances are very memorable, and people who didn't know Rita was a dancer will be certainly shocked at how skilled she actually is, and is definitely the perfect match for Fred. Not much plot, and not that great of acting necessarily fills this movie, however, the feel- good fun quality to it makes up so much for it. You Were Never Lovelier is a decent musical, and any fans of the amazing duo starring will certainly get a special treat.
April 9, 2010
This is certainly one of the best musicals to come out of the 1940's. The pairing of Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth is surprisingly effective. The score is great and contains memorable songs. Good art direction and it's nice blend of romance, music and comedy. Excellent supporting cast. Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom and Xavier Cugat are all terrific.
April 9, 2010
79/100. This is certainly one of the best musicals to come out of the 1940's. The pairing of Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth is surprisingly effective. The score is great and contains memorable songs. Good art direction and it's nice blend of romance, music and comedy. Excellent supporting cast. Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom and Xavier Cugat are all terrific.
January 5, 2009
I love Rita Hayworth and in my humble opinion she's a much better dancer than Ginger Rogers (and receives much less credit). For that reason alone I have given 'You Were Never Lovelier' a half a star extra than 'Top Hat'. The choreography of the musical numbers is simply stunning and the plot is a lot of fun with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Of course Astaire is also fantastic - even though you know that, in real life, Rita would be way out of his league!
December 18, 2008
ANYTHING with Rita is worth watching !!!
September 12, 2008
myt all time favorite
November 28, 2007
Fred Astaire is one of my favorite actors.