You'Ll Never Get Rich

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

The first pairing of Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth made for a marvelous moment in screen dance. Broadway choreographer Robert Curtis (Astaire) shows new chorine Sheila Winthrop (Hayworth) a few fancy moves, and she surprises him by picking up the routine with ease, matching every step. They don't much care for each other, however, which makes for an awkward...read more

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The first pairing of Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth made for a marvelous moment in screen dance. Broadway choreographer Robert Curtis (Astaire) shows new chorine Sheila Winthrop (Hayworth) a few fancy moves, and she surprises him by picking up the routine with ease, matching every step.

They don't much care for each other, however, which makes for an awkward situation when wealthy show backer Martin Courtland (Benchley), a relentless womanizer, recruits Robert to pretend to be engaged to Sheila when Mrs. Courtland (Inescort) rightly comes to believe that her husband is attempting

a dalliance with the young dancer. The charade ends when Robert is drafted. By sheer coincidence (as it only happens in the movies), Sheila just happens to be the girl friend of a captain assigned to Robert's base, and a few mishaps later she winds up in the right man's arms. The plot is full of

farfetched occurrences, whipped up with such frivolity that it really doesn't matter. The dance sequences between Astaire and Hayworth are marvelous; after Ginger Rogers, Hayworth was probably Astaire's best partner. The score earned an Oscar nomination, as did the Cole Porter song "Since I Kissed

My Baby Goodbye." Other Porter songs include "The A-stairable Rag" (performed by the Delta Rhythm Boys, danced by Astaire), "Shootin' the Works for Uncle Sam" (sung by Astaire, chorus), "Wedding Cake Walk," "Dream Dancing," "Boogie Barcarolle," "So Near and Yet So Far."

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