You'll Never Get Rich (1998)

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You'll Never Get Rich was the first of two films made by Fred Astaire at Columbia, and also the first in which he was paired with his favorite female dancing partner--not Ginger Rogers or Cyd Charisse, but Rita Hayworth. Fred and Rita play a team of Broadway dancers whose partnership is abruptly rent asunder when Fred is drafted into the Army. Unable to adapt to military routine, Astaire frequently ends up in the guardhouse; during one of these visits, he and the Delta Rhythm Boys collaborate on the lively song-and-dance number "The A-starable Rag." Back to the plot: Rita shows up on the army base as the girl friend of captain John Hubbard. This leads to more fancy footwork, and, of course, a happy ending for our stars. Though the Cole Porter score yielded no hits, one of the songs, "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye", was nominated for an Academy Award. Robert Benchley provides comic relief, as he would in the subsequent Astaire vehicle The Sky's the Limit. You'll Never Get Rich was followed by the even better Astaire-Hayworth pairing You Were Never Lovelier.
Rating: NR (nothing objectionable)
Genre: Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
Directed By: Sidney Lanfield
Written By: Ernest Pagano , Michael Fessier
In Theaters: wide
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Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast

Fred Astaire
as Bob Curtis
Rita Hayworth
as Sheila Winthrop
John Hubbard
as Tom Barton
Robert Benchley
as Martin Cortland
Osa Massen
as Sonya
Frieda Inescort
as Mrs. Cortland
Donald MacBride
as Top Sergeant
Cliff Nazarro
as Swivel Tongue
Marjorie Gateson
as Aunt Louise
Ann Shoemaker
as Mrs. Barton
Boyd Davis
as Col. Shiller
Mary Currier
as Costume Designer
Robert E. Homans
as Stage Doorman
Sunni O'Dea
as Marjorie
Martha Tilton
as Singer
Gwen Kenyon
as Singer
Frank Ferguson
as Justice of Peace
Emmett Vogan
as Jenkins
Jack Rice
as Jewelry Clerk
Hal K. Dawson
as Information
Harry Burns
as Foreigner
Patti McCarty
as Young Girl
Edward McWade
as Army Doctor
Lester Dorr
as Photographer
Tim Ryan
as Policeman
Frank Sully
as Robert's Guard
Garry Owen
as Robert's Guard
Paul Irving
as Gen. Trafscott
Harry Strang
as Colonel's Orderly
Eddie Laughton
as Lieutenant
Dorothy Vernon
as Kewpie's Mother
Stanley Brown
as Draftee
Monte Collins
as Sleeper
Paul Philips
as Capt. Nolan
Paul Phillips
as Captain Nolan
Harold Goodwin
as Capt. Williams
Jack O'Malley
as Sentry
Eddie Coke
as Chauffeur
Larry Williams
as Private
James Millican
as Private
Forrest Prince
as Soloist
Frank Wayne
as Prisoner
Rudolph Hunter
as The Four Tone
John Porter
as The Four Tone
Lucius Brooks
as The Four Tone
Leon Buck
as The Four Tone
Chico Hamilton
as Drummer
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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The first teaming of Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth has some nice numbers by Cole Porter, but it's not as good a musical as their second and last one.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

Lesser Astaire, but still way above average for any musical.

March 14, 2009
Video-Reviewmaster.com

A leaden musical/comedy, built around a series of misunderstandings.

Full Review… | March 7, 2005
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Audience Reviews for You'll Never Get Rich

Witty Columbia musical (with a score by Cole Porter) pairing Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth; Fred dances to the Oscar-nominated "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye" but the highlight is Astaire & Rita dancing to "So Near and Yet So Far."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt
½

Exceptionally good musical, the teaming of Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth is amazing. Rita looks exceptionally stunning in this picture. Very good production values, Cole Porter music and some superb dancing.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

Exceptionally good musical, the teaming of Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth is amazing. Rita looks exceptionally stunning in this picture. Very good production values, Cole Porter music and some superb dancing.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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