Sunday, February 18, 1979
Charles Vidor (USA,1944)
Introduction by Albert Johnson (at 8:05 showing)
“At Columbia, Charles Vidor’s Cover Girl (1944) was certainly one of the best musicals of the period. It combined two elements: a light-hearted examination of the world of fashion, dealt with in a vein of purest fantasy - the heroine, Rusty Parker (Rita Hayworth) is translated from Brooklyn singer to cover girl for the Golden Wedding issue of Vanity Magazine - and an evocation of back-stage life, observed with equal non-realism. It was ideal escapist fare for G.I.’s and those at home in the last year but one of the war.
“The best numbers rise above the rest: in ‘Make Way For Tomorrow,’ written, like the rest of the excellent score, by Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern, the stars - Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly and Phil Silvers - dance in a burst of optimistic exuberance out of a restaurant and down a street, using dustbins, a milkman and a drunk as part of the routine, prancing up and down steps; the number was nicely designed by Kelly himself.” Charles Higham and Joel Greenberg, “Hollywood In The 40s”
• Directed by Charles Vidor. Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp. Photographed by Allen Davey, Rudolph Mate. Songs by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin. With Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Phil Silvers, Eve Arden. (1944, 107 mins, 35mm, color, Print Courtesy of Columbia)