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You Were Never Lovelier

You Were Never Lovelier(1942)

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The working titles of this film were Carnival in Rio and The Gay Senorita. A Hollywood Reporter news item adds that because all the sets on the Columbia lot were occupied, Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth were forced to rehearse in a hall on the grounds of Hollywood Cemetery. Prior to the film's release, Columbia launched a radio campaign featuring the songs heard in the picture, according to a Hollywood Reporter news item. The song "Dearly Beloved" was nominated for an Academy Award and the picture was also nominated for Best Sound Recording and Best Score. Astaire and Hayworth previously starred together in the 1941 Columbia film You'll Never Get Rich (see below). Modern sources add that Nan Wynn dubbed Hayworth's singing voice. According to a news item in Los Angeles Herald Express, in 1989, Astaire's widow sued Columbia, claiming that the studio owed her at least $25,000 in receipts from this picture and You'll Never Get Rich. The outcome of that suit is not known.