Cover Girl (1944)

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Thanks to its Jerome Kern/Ira Gershwin/Yip Harburg score and the luminescence of stars Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly, Cover Girl has taken on a legendary status in recent years. In truth, the film has a banal and predictable premise: a chorus girl (Hayworth) is given a chance for stardom by a wealthy magazine editor (Otto Kruger), who years earlier had been in love with the girl's mother. Offered an opportunity to be a highly-paid cover girl, our heroine would faithfully remain with her tacky nightclub act if only the club manager (Kelly), whom she pines for, would ask her. He loves her too, but doesn't want to stand in her way, so he fakes an argument to send her packing. You don't need a crystal ball to known that the girl and her guy will be reunited for the finale. Phil Silvers, everybody's best friend, and Eve Arden, Kruger's acid-tongued assistant, provide comic relief. The story sags badly at times, but the fans went home happy thanks to the powerhouse musical numbers, including Long Ago and Far Away and Kelly's famous "alter-ego" dance. The film skyrocketed both Hayworth and Kelly to superstardom, and didn't do Silvers any harm, either. Cover Girl is an extraordinarily lavish Technicolor production from the usually parsimonious Columbia Pictures.
Rating: NR (nothing objectionable)
Genre: Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
Directed By: Charles Vidor
Written By: Virginia Van Upp , Marion Parsonnet , Paul Gangelin
In Theaters: wide
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Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast

Rita Hayworth
as Rusty Parker/Maribelle Hicks
Gene Kelly
as Danny McGuire
Lee Bowman
as Noel Wheaton
Eve Arden
as Cornelia Jackson
Leslie Brooks
as Maurine Martin
Otto Kruger
as John Coudair
Jess Barker
as Coudair (as a young man)
Thurston Hall
as Tony Pastor
William Benedict
as Florist Boy
Jean Colleran
as Cover Girl
Helen Mueller
as Cover Girl
Cecilia Meagher
as Cover Girl
Betty Jane Hess
as Cover Girl
Dusty Anderson
as Cover Girl
Eileen McClory
as Cover Girl
Karen X. Gaylord
as Cover Girl
Cheryl Archibald
as Cover Girl
Peggy Lloyd
as Cover Girl
Robert E. Hill
as Headwaiter
Martha Outlaw
as Cover Girl
Susann Shaw
as Cover Girl
Rose May Robson
as Cover Girl
Jack Norton
as Harry the Drunk
Robert E. Homans
as Pop the Doorman
Eddie Dunn
as Mac the Cop
Sam Flint
as Butler
Kathleen O'Malley
as Cigarette Girl
William Kline
as Chauffeur
Victor Travers
as Bartender
Robert F. Hill
as Headwaiter
John Tyrrell
as Electrician
Sam Ash
as Assistant Cook
Vin Moore
as Waiter
Ralph Sanford
as Truckman
Ralph Peters
as Truckman
Barbara Pepper
as Chorus Girl
Grace Lenard
as Chorus Girl
Gwen Seager
as Cover Girl Contestant
Sally Cairns
as Cover Girl Contestant
Eloise Hart
as Cover Girl Contestant
Diane Griffith
as Cover Girl Contestant
Wesley Brent
as Cover Girl Contestant
Lucille Allen
as Cover Girl Contestant
Virginia Gardner
as Cover Girl Contestant
Helene Garron
as Cover Girl Contestant
Muriel Morris
as Cover Girl Contestant
Patti Sacks
as Cover Girl Contestant
Marion Graham
as Cover Girl Contestant
Frances Morris
as Coudair's Secretary
William Sloan
as Naval Officer
Grace Hayle
as Woman Columnists
Fern Emmett
as Woman Columnists
Betty Brewer
as Autograph Hound
Warren Ashe
as Rusty's Interviewer
John Dilson
as Rusty's Photographer
Jack Rice
as Reporter
Ed Allen
as Best Man
George Lessey
as Minister
Miriam Lavelle
as Specialty Dancer
Miriam Franklin
as Specialty Dancer
Ronald Wyckoff
as Specialty Dancer
Al Norman
as Dancer
Larry Rio
as Dancer
Jack Boyle
as Dancer
Johnny Mitchell
as Pianist/Maribelle's Love
Susan Shaw
as Cover Girl: Vogue
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Critic Reviews for Cover Girl

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Dance sequences spotlighting the terping abilities of Hayworth and Kelly are expertly staged.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

The whole thing, especially the comic stuff from Silvers and Arden, is executed with considerable brio. And Rudolph Maté's Technicolor photography is faultless.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It has Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth to sing and dance. And virtually every nook and corner is draped with beautiful girls.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A lush 1944 musical vehicle built for Rita Hayworth at the height of her popularity.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A creaking plot is made bearable by gorgeous colour, the even more gorgeous Hayworth, some oddly unsentimental and unsettling flashbacks with her playing her character's turn-of-the-century grandmother.

Full Review… | November 28, 2012
Empire Magazine

Charming musical built on a skimpy plot but boasting a score by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin that includes some of their best work.

Full Review… | November 28, 2012
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Cover Girl

Luscious Technicolor musical is saddled with an inane plot, but there are still many pleasures to enjoy including the Oscar-nominated "Long Ago and Far Away" and Gene Kelly's "alter-ego" dance.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

I love this movie! Especially Gene Kelly's graceful leap into fantasy with the mirrors number. Rita Hayworth proves a surprisingly apt match for the magnificent Kelly (my husband).

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

I really love Rita Hayworth. He is great! So is gene kelly (as always.)

Morgan Salem
Morgan Salem

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