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Cover Girl

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Gene Kelly had been a presence in films for a couple of years, but it wasn't until MGM loaned him out to Columbia for Cover Girl that he first made his mark. Rita Hayworth is definitely (and deservedly) the star of the film, but Kelly more than holds his own with her. There's a wonderful chemistry between them, the kind of hesitant give-and-take of two people in love but who haven't yet learned to trust themselves enough to be totally honest. Hayworth looks smashing, costumed to the teeth in an array of fabulous outfits and given lavish productions for her numbers. (The title number in particular is given a stunning production.) She also acts her role very affectingly, believing in the somewhat clichéd situations, and her dancing is stupendous. Kelly, looking very boyish, sounds great and displays his first real choreographic sparks during the famous "Alter Ego" sequence. The score is first rate; the beautiful "Long Ago and Far Away" is justifiably a highlight, but there are great pleasures as well in the more obscure "The Show Must Go On," "Sure Thing" and "Make Way for Tomorrow." Phil Silvers and Eve Arden supply dependable comic relief, and Charles Vidor's direction is sure. Too slight to be a bona fide classic, Cover Girl still holds abundant delights.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/1994
  • UPC: 043396904132
  • Original Release: 1944
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rita Hayworth Rusty Parker/Maribelle Hicks
Gene Kelly Danny McGuire
Lee Bowman Noel Wheaton
Phil Silvers Genius
Jinx Falkenburg Herself
Otto Kruger John Coudair
Eve Arden Cornelia (Stonewall) Jackson
Leslie Brooks Maurine Martin
Jess Barker John Coudair as a young man
Anita Colby Anita
Curt Bois Chef
Edward S. Brophy Joe
Thurston Hall Tony Pastor
Sam Ash Assistant Cook
Warren Ashe Rusty's Interviewer
William Benedict Florist Boy
Jack Boyle
Betty Brewer Autograph Hound
Jackie Brown Boy
Sally Cairns
John Dilson Rusty's Photographer
George Dobbs
Eddie Dunn Mac the Cop
Fern Emmett Women Columnist
Sam Flint Coudair's Butler
Miriam Franklin
Grace Gillern
Grace Hayle
Robert E. Hill Headwaiter
Robert E. Homans Pop the Doorman
William Kline Chauffeur
Miriam Lavelle
Grace Lenard Chorus Girl
George Lessey Minister
Johnny Mitchell Pianist--Maribelle's Love
Vin Moore Waiter
Frances Morris Coudair's Secretary
Muriel Morris
Jack Norton Harry the Drunk
Frank O'Connor Cook
Kathleen O'Malley Cigarette Girl
Barbara Pepper
Ralph Peters Truckman
Jack Rice Reporter
Larry Rio
Patti Sacks
Ralph Sanford
Victor Travers Bartender
John Tyrrell Electrician
Virginia Wilson
Rudy Wissler
Eugene Anderson Jr. Bus Boy
Gwen Seager
Eloise Hart
Wesley Brent
Ed Allen Best Man
Eddie Cutler
Al Norman
Betty Brodel Dancer
Dusty Anderson Cover Girl: Farm Journal
Karen X. Gaylord Cover Girl: Liberty
Betty Jane Graham Cover Girl: McCall
Susan Shaw Cover Girl: Vogue
Shelley Winters Girl
Technical Credits
Charles Vidor Director
C. Fay Babcock Set Decoration/Design
Lionel Banks Art Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Budd Boetticher Asst. Director
Clay Campbell Makeup
Allen M. Davey Cinematographer
Stanley Donen Choreography
Carmen Dragon Score Composer
Seymour Felix Choreography
Paul Gangelin Screenwriter
Erwin S. Gelsey Original Story
Ira Gershwin Score Composer
Kenneth Hopkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Kelly Choreography
Jerome Kern Score Composer
Muriel King Costumes/Costume Designer
Viola Lawrence Editor
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Marion Parsonnet Screenwriter
Val Raset Choreography
Arthur Schwartz Producer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Virginia van Upp Screenwriter
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Enchanting

    Cover Girl is an enchanting and bewitching musical. The story is about Rusty Park who takes a chance at becoming a cover girl. Rita Hayworth is beautifully stunning and sexy. She combines vulnarability, passion and her dancing is gracefully flowing. Gene Kelly delivers a sincere and credible performance heightened by his great dancing. Eve Arden and Phil Silvers add their delightful humor. The most outstanding song is "Long Ago and Far Away" by Jerome Kern. The DVD transfer is pristine. Add this delightful musical to your collection.

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