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How to Enjoy an Hour and Thirty-Seven Minutes
- Don Thompson
How can you not enjoy this musical romantic comedy with Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Xavier Cugat with Jerome Kern music and Johnny Mercer lyrics? Don't try an over analyze this movie...it's senseless. Sit back, pour a fine Champagne...and just enjoy. It's light hearted, funny and with dancing and singing that is memorable...Astaire was nominated for original song "Dearly Beloved". Picking this movie apart is - to further my wine analogy - a little like drinking a vintage Montrachet and sating...it's a little dry. Watch, enjoy!
Ok, I enjoyed the film. Cute story, good dancing. Yes, Fred and Rita seemed to have a good time making the two films. "Love goddess", Rita may have been. But Ginger Rogers, she was not. The comment was made by Alicia Malone that Rita learned the dance steps and routines very quickly. That may be. But Ginger came across so much smoother, stronger, and more professional. I guess each were great in their own way. In my opinion, Fred and Ginger looked more like a dance team than the team of Fred and Rita. Maybe that is why Fred and Ginger made ten successful films together, while Fred and Rita, only two. Both the movies were enjoyable. However, I never tire watching all ten of Fred and Ginger's films. Thank you TCM for playing both types. "Gilda" is my favorite Rita Hayworth film. That film seems to show more of her talents in acting as well as dancing.
Bad Plot, but Who Cares!
- David H.
This film definitely has a weak plot, but with Rita Hayworth in it, who cares! She shows us why she was one of the most glamorous actresses during Hollywood's Golden Era and her dancing with Fred Astaire is excellent. Despite Adolphe Menjou's annoying character and the contrived story, this is still an entertaining movie.
Simple Plot, but ENJOYABLE
I saw this movie for the first time the other night (Aug.5th) and found it to be very entertaining. Rita Hayworth is always gorgeous and an added treat to the movie was Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra - a gifted musical arranger that really brought Latin music and dance to the forefront in the forty's and fifty's. It was a fun movie to watch and we all enjoyed it.
Dreadful, the worst
- Will Fox
As a Fred Astaire fan and a nationally respected, corporate recruiter with special sense for recognizing compatibility, or not, this Astaire romantic, musical comedy is the worst. There is no genuine attraction between Astaire and Rita Hayworth. Yes, she is sexy. Hayworth, as a farmer's daughter, is only a two-dimensional pin-up, a paper doll. Adolph Menjou was never more obnoxious. The songs are contrived, awkward inserts, egregious, conspicuously bad. False pretenses flop. Think dead fish. This stinks. Not until the final dance, (94 minutes into the 97-minute picture), is there any genuine spirit, when Fred But makes his partner look good. But, it's fleeting, merely a short preview of Fred's finesse, 8 years later, in "Royal Wedding" (1952), when he truly enchanted audiences, dancing with an inanimate, hat rack. World War 2 audiences were desparate for relief, but "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942) could have been Adolph Hitler's 20Century, Trojan Horse gift to Americans, to depress morale. No wonder Columbia Studio went bankrupt. Skip this dud. If you want quality entertainment, see Astaire's "Top Hat," "Swing Time," "Gay Divorce," "Royal Wedding," or "Band Wagon" and "Silk Stockings" for Cyd Charisse's long-legged dancing sex appeal. Plus Stockings scores with Cole Porter's songs, music and lyrics.
Stupid Plot, Incredible Dancing
I could watch Fred and Rita dance to I'm Old Fashioned forever!
You were Never Lovlier
A musical starring Hollywood's most elegant dancer with Columbia's most beautiful player. Due to a mix up while trying to get daughter Hayworth to marry, Menjou forces Astaire to end his relationship in exchange for a job. The Oscar-nominated music and songs are the audio candy to Astaire and Hayworth's beautiful dances. Entertaining and enjoyable, I give it a 4/5.
Perfect dance film!
Fred Astaire famously said that Rita Hayworth was his best partner and his favorite because "she danced with trained perfection and individuality." The chemistry which we never really saw between Fred and Ginger is more than evident here between Fred and Rita and, boy howdy, does it work! Their dance numbers in this film are simply tremendous and filled with complicated steps that look effortless. Many forget that Rita was a trained dancer long before she was discovered and made an actress. Fred's career had faded by the time this film came along and the pairing with Rita, whose star was ascending at the time, proved to be fateful for both of them and it completely resurrected Astaire's career while cementing Hayworth's. Toward the end of her life, Hayworth said the only jewels she had were the films she made with Astaire. Watching this film, I'd say we have a jewel here too!
It Doesn't Get Better Than This
- John Mecca
One of the very best musicals ever made. A non-stop display of such dancing talent that's hard to match, along with such beautiful music and lyrics by Kern and Mercer. I notice that the trailer has a dance step in the Shorty George where Rita jumps over Fred while he's bent down that is not in the film. Also, the end scene where Rita and Fred do the samba differs from the film...some different dance steps and Rita in a different gown. Have watched the film many, many times and always enjoy it. Definitely recommend this DVD.
Uns dos melhores musicais de Fred e Rita juntos. Fascinante qumica entre os dois danando e flutuando no ritmo dos passos coreografados com charme e elegancia.
You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
- James Higgins
This is certainly one of the best musicals to come out of the 1940's. The pairing of Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth is surprisingly effective. The score is great and contains memorable songs. Good art direction and it's nice blend of romance, music and comedy. Excellent supporting cast. Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom and Xavier Cugat are all terrific.
Best of all the Fred Astaire Musicals.
- howard bloomberg
Fabulous music and dancing. And the script is geninely funny (due to the great actor Adolphe Menjou). There are two dance scenes between Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire. In my opinion, the "Shorty George" number is possibly the most enjoyable of any of the Astaire- with- partner dance scenes in all of his movies. And when watching it, the viewer is drawn to look mainly at Rita Hayworth, rather than Astaire. Perhaps the most overlooked element of the movie is the part played by Xavier Cugat, whose Latin band during the 1930's and 40's was certainly the most popular of all the Latin dance orchestras.
delightful from start to finish
one of fred astaire's best musicals from the 'forties, "you were never lovelier" pairs him with the lovely rita hayworth, one of his best partners and astaire's own personal favorite.the two have great chemistry together, and it's obvious just by the way fred looks at rita that he's charmed by her.most importantly, the music (by musical giants jerome kern and johnny mercer)is excellent.and the dancing...sublime. some of the most complicated choreography ever is excecuted with graceful perfection by astaire and hayworth. as with their previous film, i belive fred was thrilled that rita could match him step-for-step, no matter how complex the dance number. i highly recommend this absolutely charming musical.