Cover Girl ★★★★
Columbia’s first Technicolor musical, the first collaboration between Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern, and a stepping stone for Gene Kelly, who, on loan from MGM, was able to take complete control of his own choreography (aided by Stanley Donen), the lively Cover Girl stands up to the test of time. Rita Hayworth is the chorus girl offered fame as a magazine cover star – because, improbably, its editor was once in love with her grandmother – while club-owner Kelly and comedy sidekick Phil Silvers cover the schtick. It features Kelly’s famous superimposed dance with himself, real cover girls in chorus, and haughty Eve Arden stealing every scene she’s in.
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