You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

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Bob Davis, an American dancer in Buenos Aires, Argentina, finds himself desperate for work after losing all his money. He takes a gig at a wedding, hoping to impress the bride’s father, Eduardo Acuña, a local club owner who has decreed that his daughters must marry in order of age. Eduardo eventually agrees to allow Bob to perform at his club, but only under the condition that he play suitor to his second-oldest daughter, the beautiful Maria.

Director: William A. Seiter.
Stars: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom, Leslie Brooks, Adele Mara, Gus Schilling, Barbara Brown, Douglas Leavitt, Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra.

1943 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound, Recording (John P. Livadary).
1943 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song (Jerome Kern/Johnny Mercer)
1943 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Leigh Harline).

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5 Comments

  1. Mjm
    May 11, 2020
    Reply

    One of Fred and Rita’s best, shame they didn’t make more movies together.

    Isn’t this on DVD though?

    • Jon W.
      May 11, 2020
      Reply

      It was released on DVD in 2004, seems to be out-of-print now.

  2. Tosh Berman
    May 13, 2020
    Reply

    Great fun, thank you!

  3. Keith Dillon
    June 15, 2022
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    Excepting Ginger and, as far as we know, Fred’s own sister Adele, Rita Hayworth was Fred’s finest partner. First of all, Rita was as tall as Fred was, so, like Ginger, he could spin her like a top. Second, Rita was athletic, nimble-of-foot and she had a remarkable sense of rhythm when she danced; made her a good partner for Gene Kelly, too. Third, she was clever, witty, yet emotionally honest and even sweet; in the words of the song, she was “easy to love.” Fourth, she was a superb musician, and she had a lovely voice. Last, but not least, she was breathtakingly beautiful. Like Joan Crawford before her, Rita Hayworth had the requisite acting skills to graduate from musicals to noir like Gilda.

  4. Giorgio A Morabito
    October 31, 2022
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    Rita was even more naturally graceful with every step than Ginger so she was Fred’s most suitable partner so she made him look more masculine and less feminine especially with arm and hand movements and poses where Ginger looked stiffer by comparison with her arms & poses, alike I clouding her deeper singing voice.

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