Cover Girl with Gene Kelly and music and lyrics by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin is one of the five movies in The Films of Rita Hayworth Collection. This DVD box set features Tonight and Every Night (1945), Gilda (1946), Miss Sadie Thompson (1953, and Salome (1953). The movies use restored prints in a Full Screen format. If you are or know a fan of the musical, Rita Hayworth, or forties movies this is a good set. Cover Girl is said to be by some the movie that showed Kelly was a star.
Vanity, a woman's magazine, is looking for a new face for its fiftieth anniversary. Rusty Parker is a dancer at a Brooklyn nightclub where her boyfriend Danny (Gene Kelly) is choreographer. Rusty decides to try her luck and goes to a Vanity casting session. Turns out Vanity s publisher is a former beau of Rusty s grandmother (also played by Hayworth in flashbacks).
A Broadway producer is hot for Rusty and wants to take her away from him and put her on Broadway. Will Rusty and Danny's feelings for each other conquer all?
Musical films from the forties are a very different creature in terms of structure and pacing and you have to get used to that.
Cover Girl also features musical numbers from the twenties in flashback scenes -"Sure Thing" is very interesting in its staging
The best number in this Rita Hayworth DVD is Mirror Image, a Gene Kelly solo.
Each DVD in The Rita Hayworth Collection includes a brief introduction to the film in the special features section. Here Baz Luhrmann of Moulin Rouge does a good job of reading somebody's research notes.
Other titles of interest:
Alice Faye Collection Volume 2 - Hollywood Cavalcade