“Men go to bed with Gilda, but they wake up with me.” Rita Hayworth’s pithy observation on the consequences of her most famous part could just as easily have been applied to her role in the 1944 musical Cover Girl. Hayworth is Rusty, a talented performer in a small-time dance routine, directed by her beau, Danny (Gene Kelly). Going with her friend to a cover shoot audition, Rusty’s star quality shines through and she’s eventually offered the part, initially inspiring her friend’s ire before causing more problems with Danny.

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