Gene Kelly Rita Hayworth Cover Girl 1944

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This was the first Technicolor musical for Columbia Pictures. This was Columbia Pictures’ biggest-grossing film of 1944, and proved so popular with audiences that it was “held over” for multiple weeks in many small town movie houses across America.

The dance numbers were shot simultaneously by three cameras – one each for long, medium and close-up shots. This was done to cut down on the number of takes and saved time, according to a contemporary article in The Hollywood Reporter.

Cover Girl ’44 – to the test – Rita Hayworth Leslie Brooks Eve Arden etc./HD

During the middle of shooting Rita Hayworth eloped with Orson Welles. Coincidentally the film’s wedding scene was shot that day.

Several Conover Cover Girl models appear in this film, including highest-paid model at the time, Anita ColbyHarry Conover, founder of one of the top leading model agencies at the time, also served as advisor for the film. The title of the film stems from Harry Conover‘s original concept and famous trademark “Cover Girl” (condensed from the phrase “Conover Cover Girl”). His model agency was so successful that his models appeared most often on the covers of magazines and advertisements.

As she stated in her autobiography, Lauren Bacall had been wanted by Columbia to appear in this film as Harper’s Bazaar cover girl (as she had appeared on Harper’s Bazaar cover in March 1943), but instead filmed To Have and Have Not (1944) at Warner Bros. and became a star.

This was Columbia Pictures’ biggest-grossing film of 1944, and proved so popular with audiences that it was “held over” for multiple weeks in many small town movie houses across America.

Cover Girl ’44 – to the test – Rita Hayworth Jinx Falkenburg Eve Arden Susan Shaw etc./HD

In the song “Make Way For Tomorrow” they use the term “solid sender” and mention gremlins. At the time these made sense. Gremlins were nasty little imaginary beings that caused trouble, especially on airplanes. If something went wrong it was the fault of the gremlins. Also at the time most communications were by short wave radio. If your radio transmission was coming through clearly you were doing great and were a “solid sender” meaning that your signal did not fade nor was it full of static noise. Being a “solid sender” meant that you were doing well.

As almost a dress rehearsal for the musical number “Singin’ in the Rain” performed eight years later, “Cover Girl” features Gene Kelly‘s character sings such lyrics as, “What if it rains and it pours? It only rains out of doors! Let every frown disappear…”, dancing in a city street, which ends after a cop appears. Obvious differences between the “Cover Girl” number and “Singin’ in the Rain” are: no rain, no umbrella, and Kelly is dancing with Rita Hayworth and Phil Silvers – but, even this is mimicked eight years later in the title sequence to “Singin’ in the Rain” with Kelly dancing with Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor.

Gene Kelly Rita Hayworth Cover Girl 1944 scene 1 remastered 4k

Gene Kelly and Phil Silvers exchange a “high five” after “Miss Parker” says goodnight to “Danny McGuire.” Perhaps one of the earliest filmed.

The song “Put Me To the Test” was a complete reworking of an instrumental used in the 1937 Fred Astaire musical A Damsel in Distress (1937) The lyrics for it had already been written by Ira Gershwin, and the original melody by his brother George, but because the song had already been heard only as an instrumental in that film, George Gershwin‘s melody was discarded in favor of a new one by Jerome Kern when “Cover Girl” was made, and Ira Gershwin’s lyrics to the song were finally heard.

Rusty is a very lovely and beautiful chorus girl at a Brooklyn nightclub run by her boyfriend Danny McGuire. Fellow showgirl Maurine Martin enters a contest to be on the cover of Vanity magazine, so Rusty tries out as well. When Maurine is given a lukewarm evaluation by Cornelia Jackson, she sabotages Rusty’s chances, giving her terrible advice on how to act toward Cornelia. Cornelia’s boss, magazine editor John Coudair, decides to check out Maurine at Danny’s nightclub, but his eye is immediately drawn to Rusty. It turns out that 40 years earlier, he had become instantly smitten with showgirl Maribelle Hicks, whom Rusty looks exactly like; he later discovers that Maribelle is Rusty’s recently deceased grandmother.

Danny is worried that, with her newfound fame, Rusty will leave him. She is quite willing to stay if only Danny would ask her. John brings along impresario Noel Wheaton to see Rusty perform; Noel is impressed by both her marvelous beauty and talent. Backstage, he offers her a job. Danny does not want to stand in her way, so he picks an argument to send her packing. Rusty becomes a star on Broadway after appearing in a musical produced by Wheaton, and decides to marry him. At the last second, however, she leaves the wedding and reunites with Danny.

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