You Were Never Lovelier

You Were Never Lovelier

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Director: William Seiter

Cast: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou

     
 

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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 thatSee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hal Erickson
Based on an Argentinian film of the 1930s, the plot of You Were Never Lovelier is as forgettable as it is frothy. So forget the storyline and revel in the Astaire-Hayworth dance duets, the specialty numbers by bandleader Xavier Cugat and the Jerome Kern-Johnny Mercer score, including such standards-to-be as "Dearly Beloved" and "I'm Old Fashioned."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/1997
UPC:
0043396604018
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Presentation:
[B&W]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Robert Davis
Rita Hayworth Maria Acuna
Adolphe Menjou Eduardo Acuna
Larry Parks Tony
Xavier Cugat Himself
Adele Mara Lita Acuna
Leslie Brooks Cecy Acuna
Isobel Elsom Maria Castro
Barbara Brown Delfina Acuna
Douglas Leavitt Juan Castro
Catherine Craig Julia Acuna
Kathleen Howard Grandmother Acuna
Mary Field Louise
Stanley Brown Roddy
George Bunny Flower Man
Adele Mann Actor
Ralph Peters Chauffeur
Gus Schilling Fernando
Kirk Alyn Suitor
Lina Romay Singer
Miguelito Valdés Band Singer

Technical Credits
William Seiter Director
Fred Astaire Choreography
Lionel Banks Art Director
Delmer Daves Screenwriter
Norman Deming Asst. Director
Louis Edelman Producer
Michael Fessier Screenwriter
Leigh Harline Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerome Kern Score Composer
William Lyon Editor
Johnny Mercer Score Composer
Ernest Pagano Screenwriter
Val Raset Choreography
Rudolph Sternad Art Director
Ted Tetzlaff Cinematographer
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design

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