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One of the great musicals of the 1940s
Somewhere buried in the vaults of old Merv Griffin shows is one which featured Orson Welles and Gene Kelly as guests. Welles was moved to complement Kelly for making one of the best musicals ever with his ex-wife at Columbia. They reminisce about the making of the film (Welles seems to have been a frequent visitor to the set) and about some hijinks during the filming, hijinks of the sort that forced Al Franken out of the Senate. I agree with the late Mr. Welles. This is not a Metro picture (though with some imported Metro talent) but it is first rate in all respects. The numbers are performed with energy and verve. This is pretty close to the best that can be done with the form.
- kevin sellers
Did the usually perceptive Red Rain really say that Rita Hayworth "danced rings" around Gene Kelly in this movie? She musta been seized with a spasm of Kellyhate right in the ol aesthetics muscle. I mean, I yield to no man (or gay woman) in my admiration of the charms of Ms. Hayworth and they are on ample display in this likable if somewhat dull musical (Charles Vidor as a director should never be confused with The King) but to call Rita a vastly superior dancer to Gene is like saying San Angelo is more scenic than San Francisco.
It's so easy to see why Fred Astaire preferred Rita Hayworth to all of his other partners. The gal could dance and, frankly, she dances rings around Gene Kelly in this film! This isn't the sultry "Gilda" but a really beautiful and light Hayworth in a role very suited for her talents. I particularly enjoy the film being told through the love story between her grandmother and her modeling agent. I like this film a lot and the musical numbers are quite something, as they are intricate and fun. The storyline is not formulaic and is a new twist on the boy and girl love story. Just a fun film!
A Rare Musical That Has An Excellent Storyline
- Gwendolyn Z. Green
Although I enjoy musicals, they are not my top category of classic movies, but this movie may change that. The movie was excellent. The color and the costumes were delicious to look at, and the song "Long Ago and Far Away" is still stuck in my head (in a good way). I thoroughly enjoyed the montage of the different magazines and the "cover girls" who posed for them. I am seriously thinking of adding this movie to my classic collection.
Um musical excelente. Com timas canes e o Gene Kelly arrassa danando. Ele tinha um carisma incrivel e uma leveza formidavel. Rita est linda no filme.
Cover Girl (1944)
- Jay Higgins
An exceptional musical, made just prior to the hopelessly overdone musicals to come. Simple, subtle and with an amazingly good pairing of Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire. Great score and musical numbers, excellent costumes and art direction. Fantastic support from Phil Silvers and especially Eve Arden.
Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly
What a treat it would have been if Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth had been allowed by their studios to become a dance team. This was the only time they had the chance to team up to dance in a film. There make a delightful duo. This film is a classic.
From Pin-Up Girl to "Cover Girl"
Rita Hayworth sweetly steals this show with ease and grace. Her dance routines with Gene Kelly easily top those of Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire. Hayworth and Kelly were way more atractive a couple, oozing with sex appeal, the every day peoples' dancers and this was their film to prove it. The plot of"Cover Girl" is too good. Rusty (Rita) hears about an audition backstage and decides to try out to be a Zigfeld-type of magazine cover girl. Kelly's not only her dance partner, he's her beau who doesn't know she's gone for the interview. Eve Arden is the lady in charge of locating the company's new cover girl. Phil Silvers is best friends with Kelly and Hayworth who proves with his performance that he's quite a song and dance man. This is a very entertaining film, guaranteed to be a good time for one and all. ClassicClassicClassicClassicClassic Class
I loved this movie!! It's such a great musical and really takes me to a different time and place. It makes me think of the good old days. I recommend it for anyone who likes musicals. There's one of my favorite songs also, "Long Ago and Far Away." Wonderful!!
miss this kind of movie
loved this movie
WOW! TWICE THE GENE KELLY!! WHAT A DANCE!
I love this movie. Rita Hayworth was a perfect mate for GENE in this movie. She was a very beautiful, graceful dancer; her arms flowed perfectly, her steps were light and she was in perfect timing with GENE. I love the routine she and GENE did "Put Me To The Test." But the alter-ego number proves just why GENE became such a demand after doing this movie. I watch that tap number over and over, and each time I'm just as blown away as the last. What fantastic innovations during such an early era--but that was GENE'S best quality, going beyond the bounderies and reaching perfection. Ths is really a nice, soft romantic movie that anyone should enjoy. It shows how "real" love can win out over worldly possessions--in real life as well as in the movies. But then again, who would've chosen "Noel Wheaton" (Lee Bowman) over "Danny McGuire" (GENE KELLY) anyway?!!
great vehicle for the luscious hayworth
beautiful showcase for the ultimate love goddess hayworth, hollywood's most graceful female dancer!! harry cohn's technicolor productions for hayworth will forever ensure her immortality.
I love this movie!
I love this movie!