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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.
NR (nothing objectionable)
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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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 (6)

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
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Good, but not quite great Astaire vehicle.

September 18, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Hayworth is no Rogers, but she makes a lovely partner anyway.

January 17, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for You Were Never Lovelier

You're as beautiful as just takes longer now. A traditional Argentinian family has three daughters that are young adults and anxious to get married; however, the father believes in his culture, which requires the daughters to marry in order oldest to youngest. The daughters are all in the love...except the oldest who has been promised to a man who has some reluctance to marry such a fine and wealthy woman. The sisters get behind the older sister hoping they can get in line to get married next if she finds true love. "Don't frighten with your intelligence." William Seiter, director of Roberta, Sons of the Desert, Borderline, Little Giant, It's a Pleasure, Champ for a Day, Hired Wife, That Night with You, and Room Service, delivers You Were Never Lovelier. The storyline for this picture was fun in a Little Women kind of way. The main male character, played by Fred Astaire, was charismatic and perfect. The cast as a whole was solid and also included Rita Hayworth, Adele Mara, Adolph Menjou, and Leslie Brooks. "We're working together again!" This was recommended to me by Fios so I decided to give it a shot. I haven't seen many Astaire movies and thought this would be a good one. There is some cheese in here, and the plot is very straightforward and predictable, but this does have a nice classic feel that makes it worth a viewing. "He will come to you on his knees." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Rita - so graceful.. so beautiful.. She is not Ginger, but in this movie, she shows she is such a beautiful partner and dancer for Fred. Love this movie.

dan umi
dan umi

"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
Mason Williams

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