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You'll Never Get Rich
     

You'll Never Get Rich

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Director: Sidney Lanfield

Cast: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley

 

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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

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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.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
You'll Never Get Rich is not the greatest film that either Fred Astaire or Rita Hayworth ever made, but it's an enjoyably silly flick that offers some interesting attractions. The stars are the main asset, of course. This was the first of their two onscreen pairings, and while the script doesn't develop their characters as much as one might hope, there's a definite chemistry at work between the two. This is especially clear during their musical numbers, naturally, when Hayworth's friendly sex goddess aura meshes beautifully with Astaire's air of sophistication. Hayworth is even a better dancer than Ginger Rogers, no mean feat, although she lacks a little of the fire that Rogers brought to the team. Not that Hayworth isn't capable of letting Astaire's character have it with both barrels when necessary; it's just that the anger somehow seems less personal to her. Astaire has a great time with his role, enjoying the chance to play someone less gentlemanly than usual, and he's in good vocal form as well. Cole Porter's score is serviceable, with "So Near and Yet So Far" considerably more than that. The script is a bit of a patchwork quilt -- some allegedly comedic sequences in particular don't hold up -- but as long as the stars (and co-star Robert Benchley) are around, Richis engaging entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/1997
UPC:
0043396602656
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Presentation:
[B&W]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Bob Curtis
Rita Hayworth Sheila Winthrop
Robert Benchley Martin Cortland
John Hubbard Tom Barton
Osa Massen Sonya
Frieda Inescort Mrs. Courtland
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Kewpie Blain
Donald MacBride Top Sergeant
Cliff Nazarro Swivel Tongue
Marjorie Gateson Aunt Louise
Ann Shoemaker Mrs. Barton
Boyd Davis Col. Shiller
Stanley Brown Draftee
Mary Currier Costume Designer
Charles Anthony Hughes Prisoner
Paul Irving Gen. Trafscott
Gwen Kenyon Singer
Eddie Laughton Lieutenant
Patti McCarty Young Girl
Garry Owen Robert's Guard
Lucius Brooks Singer
Harry Burns Foreigner
Eddie Coke Chauffeur
Monte Collins Sleeping Private
Hal K. Dawson Information Clerk
Lester Dorr Photographer
Frank Ferguson Justice of Peace
Harold Goodwin Capt. Williams
Chico Hamilton Drummer
J. Anthony Hughes Prisoner
Edward McWade Army Doctor
James Millican Soldier
Sunnie O'Dea Marge
Jack O'Malley Sentry
Paul Phillips Captain Nolan
Jack Rice Jewelry Salesman
Harry Strang Colonel's Orderly
Frank Sully Guard
Martha Tilton Singer
Dorothy Vernon Kewpie's Mother
Emmett Vogan Jenkins
Frank Wayne Prisoner
Larry Williams Soldier
Grant Withers Actor
Robert E. Homans Joe
Tim Ryan Policeman

Technical Credits
Sidney Lanfield Director
Robert Alton Choreography
Lionel Banks Art Director
Sam Bischoff Producer
Clay Campbell Makeup
Michael Fessier Screenwriter
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Otto Meyer Editor
Ernest Pagano Screenwriter
Cole Porter Score Composer,Songwriter
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Rudolph Sternad Art Director
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Philip Tannura Cinematographer

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You'll Never Get Rich 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's lovely to see Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth in thier first film together. The plot is a little bit thin, but in a Fred Astaire film when does that matter?! Spectacular dances and sparkling humor make 'You'll Never Get Rich' well worth the watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'You'll Never Get Rich' is the first of two musicals Fred Astaire made with Columbia's resident bombshell - Rita Hayworth and although it's light, breezy and brimming to the ceiling with comedy and music - ironically, there's not much for the lovely Ms. Hayworth to do, except tap one solo and dance all too briefly in a contrived finale with Astaire. The plot focuses on Robert Curtis¿s (Astaire) employer ¿ Robert Cortland (Robert Benchley), whose roving eye gets him in perpetual hot water with his wife (Frieda Inescort). Currently, both Roberts have their eye on Sheila (Hayworth). The unlikely affair begins, then stops, then starts up again when Sheila realizes she's falling in love - not with Benchley¿s Robert, but Astaire¿s. To get Astaire¿s Robert out of the picture, Benchley¿s Robert makes certain that he¿s drafted into the army ¿ an error in judgment that Benchley spends the next two hours trying to rectify. How's it end? - with music, fun and good humor; all main staples of the Hollywood film musical at its zenith. Considering the lack luster transfers that Columbia has been giving classic film buffs of late (Talk of the Town, You Can't Take It With You, The Awful Truth) ¿You¿ll Never Get Rich¿ is above par! The gray scale is accurately rendered - though several scenes look as though second or third generation film elements were used instead of an original camera negative. There is a definite grain structure present but apart from that, the usual aliasing, edge enhancement and pixelization that has accompanied many Columbia titles is thankfully absent herein. The audio is MONO but very nicely balanced and - for its vintage - natural sounding. There are no extras.