You'll Never Get RichDirector: Sidney Lanfield
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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Cast & Crew
|Lionel Banks||Art Director|
|Robert Kalloch||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Cole Porter||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Irene Sharaff||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Rudolph Sternad||Art Director|
|Morris W. Stoloff||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
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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.
'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.