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* AsHerself: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinx_Falkenburg Jinx Falkenburg]] has a cameo role as herself.

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* AsHerself: AsHerself:
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[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinx_Falkenburg Jinx Falkenburg]] has a cameo role as herself.



* DidNotGetTheGirl: John.
* DistractedByTheLuxury: Rusty is very impressed by Noel's huge ... theater.

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* %%* DidNotGetTheGirl: John.
* DistractedByTheLuxury: Rusty is very impressed by Noel's huge ...huge... theater.



* GenerationXerox / HistoryRepeats

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* GenerationXerox / HistoryRepeats%%* GenerationXerox



* GoodLuckCharm: The elusive pearl.
* HappyDance: "Make Way for Tomorrow."

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* %%* GoodLuckCharm: The elusive pearl.
* %%* HappyDance: "Make Way for Tomorrow."



* IdenticalGranddaughter: Rusty for Maribelle.

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* %%* IdenticalGranddaughter: Rusty for Maribelle.



* LoveAtFirstSight: John for Maribelle.

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* %%* LoveAtFirstSight: John for Maribelle.



* TheOneThatGotAway: Maribelle, for John.
* OnTheRebound: Rusty and Noel.

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* %%* TheOneThatGotAway: Maribelle, for John.
* %%* OnTheRebound: Rusty and Noel.



* RomanticRunnerUp: Noel (and John, in the flashbacks).
* RunawayBride: Both Maribelle and Rusty.

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* %%* RomanticRunnerUp: Noel (and John, in the flashbacks).
* %%* RunawayBride: Both Maribelle and Rusty.



* ShowWithinAShow: Rusty stars in the imaginatively titled ''Noel Wheaton's Revue.''

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* ShowWithinAShow: ShowWithinAShow:
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Rusty stars in the imaginatively titled ''Noel Wheaton's Revue.''


* DrowningHerSorrows: Rusty at Joe's after she finds the nightclub closed. It's also mentioned that she continues to drink in the time leading up to the wedding--a hint that something is seriously wrong, as she used to be TheTeetotaler according to Joe.

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* DrowningHerSorrows: DrowningMySorrows: Rusty at Joe's after she finds the nightclub closed. It's also mentioned that she continues to drink in the time leading up to the wedding--a hint that something is seriously wrong, as she used to be TheTeetotaler according to Joe.



* WorldWarII: It isn't a major part of the movie, but there are several clear references to the war.
** Genius sings a comedy song about rationing ("Who's Complaining?").
** It's mentioned that Danny was wounded in North Africa.
** When Rusty gets a telegram, Genius jokes, "Maybe it's a draft notice."
** Danny and Genius go on tour entertaining the troops. On his return, Danny tells Joe, "You take a look at these guys and you don’t have to worry about who’s going to be the boss over there."


A 1944 {{Musical}} film starring Rita Hayworth, Creator/GeneKelly, and [[Series/ThePhilSilversShow Phil Silvers]]. Music is by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

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A 1944 {{Musical}} film starring Rita Hayworth, Creator/RitaHayworth, Creator/GeneKelly, and [[Series/ThePhilSilversShow Phil Silvers]]. Music is by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.


Rusty is selected for the job largely because she reminds the publisher, John Coudair, of his [[TheOneThatGotAway lost love]] Maribelle Hicks. When he learns that Rusty is [[IdenticalGranddaughter Maribelle's]] granddaughter, he takes an even more personal interest in her career. Through flashbacks, we see the story of John and Maribelle [[ActingForTwo (also played by Hayworth)]]: Maribelle was a vaudeville star at the turn of the twentieth century, and John was the son of a wealthy family. He showered her with gifts and attention, but she insisted that she didn't belong in his world--and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't seem to make her forget a certain piano player.

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Rusty is selected for the job largely because she reminds the publisher, John Coudair, of his [[TheOneThatGotAway lost love]] Maribelle Hicks. When he learns that Rusty is [[IdenticalGranddaughter Maribelle's]] granddaughter, Maribelle's granddaughter,]] he takes an even more personal interest in her career. Through flashbacks, we see the story of John and Maribelle [[ActingForTwo (also played by Hayworth)]]: Maribelle was a vaudeville star at the turn of the twentieth century, and John was the son of a wealthy family. He showered her with gifts and attention, but she insisted that she didn't belong in his world--and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't seem to make her forget a certain piano player.


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* LovingDetails: Rusty recites to the minute how long it's been since she met Danny as a way of subtly reassuring him that she still cares about him despite her newfound fame as a model.


[[caption-width-right:305:Rita Hayworth as Maribelle (left) and Rusty (right)]]

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[[caption-width-right:305:Rita Hayworth [[caption-width-right:305:[[ActingForTwo Rita Hayworth]] as Maribelle (left) and Rusty (right)]]



Rusty is selected for the job largely because she reminds the publisher, John Coudair, of his [[TheOneThatGotAway lost love]] Maribelle Hicks. When he learns that Rusty is Maribelle's granddaughter, he takes an even more personal interest in her career. Through flashbacks, we see the story of John and Maribelle [[IdenticalGrandson (also played by Hayworth):]] Maribelle was a vaudeville star at the turn of the twentieth century, and John was the son of a wealthy family. He showered her with gifts and attention, but she insisted that she didn't belong in his world--and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't seem to make her forget a certain piano player.

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Rusty is selected for the job largely because she reminds the publisher, John Coudair, of his [[TheOneThatGotAway lost love]] Maribelle Hicks. When he learns that Rusty is Maribelle's [[IdenticalGranddaughter Maribelle's]] granddaughter, he takes an even more personal interest in her career. Through flashbacks, we see the story of John and Maribelle [[IdenticalGrandson [[ActingForTwo (also played by Hayworth):]] Hayworth)]]: Maribelle was a vaudeville star at the turn of the twentieth century, and John was the son of a wealthy family. He showered her with gifts and attention, but she insisted that she didn't belong in his world--and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't seem to make her forget a certain piano player.


* BitchInSheepsClothing: Maurine seems friendly but will do just about anything to get ahead--including sabotaging Rusty's chances of getting the modeling job (see GenkiGirl).

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Maurine seems friendly but will do just about anything to get ahead--including sabotaging Rusty's chances of getting the modeling job (see GenkiGirl).ahead.
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: The "Cover Girl" number in Noel's show.



* TheMusicalMusical: It's largely a backstage story, and most of the characters are professional performers. Most, but not all, of the musical numbers are stage performances within the show.

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* TheMusicalMusical: It's largely a backstage story, and most of the characters are professional performers. Most, but not all, performers.
* MusicalWorldHypotheses: Mostly Diegetic, with a couple
of exceptions. "Make Way for Tomorrow" is Alternate Universe, and the musical numbers are stage performances within the show."Alter Ego" dance is All In Danny's Head. "Long Ago and Far Away" is ambiguous—it could be Diegetic (improvised to Genius's piano playing), or it could be Alternate Universe.


* BitchInSheepsClothing: Maurine seems friendly but will do just about anything to get ahead--including sabotaging Rusty's chances of getting the modeling job (see GenkiGirl).



* GenkiGirl: Based on some catty advice from a rival, Rusty acts like one in her interview, nearly blowing her chances of getting the job. Stonewall later describes her as "a redheaded nervous breakdown" and tells Coudair, "That one isn't a girl, John--she's a leaping thyroid."

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* GenkiGirl: Based on some catty advice from a rival, Maurine, Rusty acts like one in her interview, nearly blowing her chances of getting the job. Stonewall later describes her as "a redheaded nervous breakdown" and tells Coudair, "That one isn't a girl, John--she's a leaping thyroid."



* IdenticalGranddaughter: Rusty and Maribelle.

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* IdenticalGranddaughter: Rusty and for Maribelle.



* TheMusicalMusical: It's largely a backstage story, and most of the characters are professional performers. Most, but not all, of the musical numbers are stage performances within the show.



* RomanticFalseLead: Noel (and John, in the flashbacks).

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* RomanticFalseLead: RomanticRunnerUp: Noel (and John, in the flashbacks).


* AsHerself: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinx_Falkenburg Jinx Falkenburg]] has a minor role as herself.

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* AsHerself: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinx_Falkenburg Jinx Falkenburg]] has a minor cameo role as herself.



* DeadpanSnarker: "Stonewall" Jackson, John Coudair's assistant (played by Eve Arden).

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* DeadpanSnarker: Cornelia "Stonewall" Jackson, John Coudair's assistant (played by Eve Arden).



* DidNotGetTheGirl: John.



* FieryRedhead: Averted; neither Rusty nor Maribelle is particularly fiery.

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* FieryRedhead: Averted; neither Rusty nor Maribelle is particularly fiery.fiery, although their hair is frequently mentioned.



* TheHeart: Genius. This is particularly evident when he becomes upset as soon as he sees a hint of coolness between Danny and Rusty after Rusty gets a telegram summoning her to John Coudair's office.

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* TheHeart: Genius. This is particularly evident when he becomes upset as soon as he sees a hint of coolness between Danny and Rusty after Rusty gets a telegram summoning her Genius always tries to John Coudair's office.keep their little group together.



* IdenticalGranddaughter: Rusty and Maribelle.



* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Granddaughter]]: Rusty and Maribelle.

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* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Granddaughter]]: Rusty and LoveAtFirstSight: John for Maribelle.



* ShipTease: Genius and Stonewall flirt a bit, but it's not resolved within the movie.

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* ShipTease: Genius and Stonewall flirt a bit, but it's [[NoRomanticResolution not resolved within the movie.]]



* WorldWarII: It isn't a major part of the movie, but there are several clear references to the war:

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* WorldWarII: It isn't a major part of the movie, but there are several clear references to the war:war.



** When Rusty gets her telegram, Genius jokes, "Maybe it's a draft notice."

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** When Rusty gets her a telegram, Genius jokes, "Maybe it's a draft notice."


Rusty is selected for the job largely because she reminds the publisher, John Coudair, of his lost love Maribelle Hicks. When he learns that Rusty is Maribelle's granddaughter, he takes an even more personal interest in her career. Through flashbacks, we see the story of John and Maribelle [[IdenticalGrandson (also played by Hayworth):]] Maribelle was a vaudeville star at the turn of the twentieth century, and John was the son of a wealthy family. He showered her with gifts and attention, but she insisted that she didn't belong in his world--and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't seem to make her forget a certain piano player.

John Coudair and his friend, theatrical producer [[RomanticFalseLead Noel Wheaton,]] pressure Rusty to leave the nightclub for Broadway. She hesitates out of loyalty to Danny, but their relationship becomes increasingly strained. Coudair plays on Danny's insecurities, urging him to let Rusty move on to a better life, while Noel shows her his luxurious theatre to [[DistractedByTheLuxury give her a taste of what he could offer her.]] This causes her to miss the Friday night oysters, and Danny, after [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy tortuous self-reflection]] expressed by [[TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack tap-dancing with a ghostly double of himself,]] decides to [[CruelToBeKind sever his relationship with her]]. The next day, Rusty is late for rehearsal, and Danny gives her song to another girl to perform. They argue, and Rusty storms out of the club, bound for Broadway.

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Rusty is selected for the job largely because she reminds the publisher, John Coudair, of his [[TheOneThatGotAway lost love love]] Maribelle Hicks. When he learns that Rusty is Maribelle's granddaughter, he takes an even more personal interest in her career. Through flashbacks, we see the story of John and Maribelle [[IdenticalGrandson (also played by Hayworth):]] Maribelle was a vaudeville star at the turn of the twentieth century, and John was the son of a wealthy family. He showered her with gifts and attention, but she insisted that she didn't belong in his world--and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't seem to make her forget a certain piano player.

John Coudair and his friend, theatrical producer [[RomanticFalseLead Noel Wheaton,]] pressure Rusty to leave the nightclub for Broadway. She hesitates out of loyalty to Danny, but their relationship becomes increasingly strained. Coudair plays on Danny's insecurities, urging him to let Rusty move on to a better life, while Noel shows her his luxurious theatre to [[DistractedByTheLuxury give her a taste of what he could offer her.]] This causes her to miss the Friday night oysters, and Danny, after [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy tortuous self-reflection]] self-reflection expressed by [[TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack tap-dancing with a ghostly double of himself,]] decides to [[CruelToBeKind sever his his]] [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy relationship with her]]. The next day, Rusty is late for rehearsal, and Danny gives her song to another girl to perform. They argue, and Rusty storms out of the club, bound for Broadway.



* AsHerself: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinx_Falkenburg Jinx Falkenburg]] has a supporting role as herself.

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* AsHerself: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinx_Falkenburg Jinx Falkenburg]] has a supporting minor role as herself.



* DrowningHerSorrows: Rusty at Joe's after she finds the nightclub closed. It's also mentioned that she continues to Drown Her Sorrows in the time between then and the wedding--a hint that something is seriously wrong, as she used to be TheTeetotaler according to Joe.

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* DrowningHerSorrows: Rusty at Joe's after she finds the nightclub closed. It's also mentioned that she continues to Drown Her Sorrows drink in the time between then and leading up to the wedding--a hint that something is seriously wrong, as she used to be TheTeetotaler according to Joe.



* GenkiGirl: Based on some catty advice from a rival, Rusty acts like one when she goes in for her interview, nearly blowing her chances of getting the job. Stonewall later describes her as "a redheaded nervous breakdown" and tells Coudair, "That one isn't a girl, John--she's a leaping thyroid."

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* GenkiGirl: Based on some catty advice from a rival, Rusty acts like one when she goes in for her interview, nearly blowing her chances of getting the job. Stonewall later describes her as "a redheaded nervous breakdown" and tells Coudair, "That one isn't a girl, John--she's a leaping thyroid."



* IllTellYouWhenIveHadEnough: Rusty at Joe's. She's clearly had several already as the scene begins with the following exchange:

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* IllTellYouWhenIveHadEnough: Rusty at Joe's. She's clearly had several already as the scene begins with the following exchange:



* TheOneThatGotAway: Maribelle, for John.



* RomanticFalseLead: Noel.

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* RomanticFalseLead: Noel.Noel (and John, in the flashbacks).



* ShowWithinAShow: Rusty stars in the imaginatively titled ''Noel Wheaton's Revue.''

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* ShipTease: Genius and Stonewall flirt a bit, but it's not resolved within the movie.
* ShowWithinAShow: Rusty stars in the imaginatively titled ''Noel Wheaton's Revue.''''
** Several numbers from the show at Danny's nightclub are also included: "The Show Must Go On," "Who's Complaining?" and "Put Me to the Test."



** Genius sings a comedy song about rationing.

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** Genius sings a comedy song about rationing.rationing ("Who's Complaining?").


John Coudair and his friend, theatrical producer [[RomanticFalseLead Noel Wheaton,]] pressure Rusty to leave the nightclub for Broadway. She hesitates out of loyalty to Danny, but their relationship becomes increasingly strained. Coudair plays on Danny's insecurities, urging him to let Rusty move on to a better life, while Noel shows her his luxurious theatre to [[DistractedByTheLuxury give her a taste of what he could offer her.]] This causes her to miss the Friday night oysters, and Danny, after tortuous self-reflection expressed by tap-dancing with a ghostly double of himself, decides to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy sever his relationship with her]]. The next day, Rusty is late for rehearsal, and Danny gives her song to another girl to perform. They argue, and Rusty storms out of the club, bound for Broadway.

Rusty becomes a star, and Noel asks her to marry him. She promises him an answer the next day and then goes to Danny's nightclub, but finds it closed. The watchman tells her that Danny and Genius are on a tour entertaining the troops. Depressed, she goes to Joe's Oyster Bar and [[DrowningMySorrows gets drunk.]] When Coudair and Noel find her there, she agrees to marry Noel.

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John Coudair and his friend, theatrical producer [[RomanticFalseLead Noel Wheaton,]] pressure Rusty to leave the nightclub for Broadway. She hesitates out of loyalty to Danny, but their relationship becomes increasingly strained. Coudair plays on Danny's insecurities, urging him to let Rusty move on to a better life, while Noel shows her his luxurious theatre to [[DistractedByTheLuxury give her a taste of what he could offer her.]] This causes her to miss the Friday night oysters, and Danny, after [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy tortuous self-reflection self-reflection]] expressed by [[TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack tap-dancing with a ghostly double of himself, himself,]] decides to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy [[CruelToBeKind sever his relationship with her]]. The next day, Rusty is late for rehearsal, and Danny gives her song to another girl to perform. They argue, and Rusty storms out of the club, bound for Broadway.

Rusty becomes a star, and Noel asks her to marry him. She promises him an answer the next day and then goes to Danny's nightclub, but finds it closed. The watchman tells her that Danny and Genius are on a tour entertaining the troops. Depressed, she goes to Joe's Oyster Bar and [[DrowningMySorrows gets drunk.]] When Coudair and Noel find her there, she [[OnTheRebound agrees to marry Noel.
Noel]].



* AffectionateNickname: Danny calls Rusty "Chicken."
* AsHerself: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinx_Falkenburg Jinx Falkenburg]] has a supporting role as herself.
** Fifteen other real cover girl models of 1944 appear as themselves in the ShowWithinAShow.



* DistractedByTheLuxury: Rusty is very impressed at Noel's huge ... theater.
* DrowningHerSorrows: Rusty at Joe's after she finds the nightclub closed.

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* DeadpanSnarker: "Stonewall" Jackson, John Coudair's assistant (played by Eve Arden).
-->'''Coudair:''' I want a girl with a story in her eyes.\\
'''Jackson:''' Drawing room or smoking room?
* DistractedByTheLuxury: Rusty is very impressed at by Noel's huge ... theater.
* DrowningHerSorrows: Rusty at Joe's after she finds the nightclub closed. It's also mentioned that she continues to Drown Her Sorrows in the time between then and the wedding--a hint that something is seriously wrong, as she used to be TheTeetotaler according to Joe.
* FieryRedhead: Averted; neither Rusty nor Maribelle is particularly fiery.



* GenkiGirl: Based on some catty advice from a rival, Rusty acts like one when she goes in for her interview, nearly blowing her chances of getting the job. Stonewall later describes her as "a redheaded nervous breakdown" and tells Coudair, "That one isn't a girl, John--she's a leaping thyroid."



* TheHeart: Genius. This is particularly evident when he becomes upset as soon as he sees a hint of coolness between Danny and Rusty after Rusty gets a telegram summoning her to John Coudair's office.
* IllTellYouWhenIveHadEnough: Rusty at Joe's. She's clearly had several already as the scene begins with the following exchange:
--> '''Rusty:''' Give me a drink.\\
'''Joe:''' You've had too many now, Rusty.\\
'''Rusty:''' So I've had too many. Give me another one.



* OnTheRebound: Rusty and Noel.



* SelfMadeMan: Danny's work ethic--as he puts it, it's better win fame with your feet instead of with your face.

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* SelfMadeMan: Danny's work ethic--as ethic. As he puts it, it's better win fame with "You gotta get there on your feet instead of with feet, not your face."
* ShowWithinAShow: Rusty stars in the imaginatively titled ''Noel Wheaton's Revue.''


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** When Rusty gets her telegram, Genius jokes, "Maybe it's a draft notice."


John Coudair and his friend, theatrical producer Noel Wheaton, pressure Rusty to leave the nightclub for Broadway. She hesitates out of loyalty to Danny, but their relationship becomes increasingly strained. Coudair plays on Danny's insecurities, urging him to let Rusty move on to a better life, while Noel shows her his luxurious theatre to give her a taste of what he could offer her. This causes her to miss the Friday night oysters, leading Danny, after tortuous self-reflection expressed by tap-dancing with a ghostly double of himself, to decide to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy sever his relationship with her]]. The next day, Rusty is late for rehearsal, and Danny gives her song to another girl to perform. They argue, and Rusty storms out of the club, bound for Broadway.

Rusty becomes a star, and Noel asks her to marry him. She promises him an answer the next day and then goes to Danny's nightclub, but finds it closed. The watchman tells her that Danny and Genius are on a tour entertaining the troops. Depressed, she goes to Joe's Oyster Bar and gets drunk. When Coudair and Noel find her there, she agrees to marry Noel.

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John Coudair and his friend, theatrical producer [[RomanticFalseLead Noel Wheaton, Wheaton,]] pressure Rusty to leave the nightclub for Broadway. She hesitates out of loyalty to Danny, but their relationship becomes increasingly strained. Coudair plays on Danny's insecurities, urging him to let Rusty move on to a better life, while Noel shows her his luxurious theatre to [[DistractedByTheLuxury give her a taste of what he could offer her. her.]] This causes her to miss the Friday night oysters, leading and Danny, after tortuous self-reflection expressed by tap-dancing with a ghostly double of himself, to decide decides to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy sever his relationship with her]]. The next day, Rusty is late for rehearsal, and Danny gives her song to another girl to perform. They argue, and Rusty storms out of the club, bound for Broadway.

Rusty becomes a star, and Noel asks her to marry him. She promises him an answer the next day and then goes to Danny's nightclub, but finds it closed. The watchman tells her that Danny and Genius are on a tour entertaining the troops. Depressed, she goes to Joe's Oyster Bar and [[DrowningMySorrows gets drunk. drunk.]] When Coudair and Noel find her there, she agrees to marry Noel.


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* CruelToBeKind: Danny tries to do this for Rusty, but she realizes she didn't need the "kindness" after all.
* DistractedByTheLuxury: Rusty is very impressed at Noel's huge ... theater.
* DrowningHerSorrows: Rusty at Joe's after she finds the nightclub closed.


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* GoodLuckCharm: The elusive pearl.
* HappyDance: "Make Way for Tomorrow."


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* RomanticFalseLead: Noel.


Rusty Parker (Hayworth) is a showgirl in a Brooklyn nightclub owned by Danny [=McGuire=] (Kelly). Danny also lives across the hall from Rusty, and the two have romantic feelings for each other. On Friday nights, they go to Joe's Oyster Bar along with fellow club performer Genius (Silvers) and order oysters, looking for a pearl to bring them luck. This cozy routine is disrupted when Rusty wins a modeling opportunity as a cover girl for ''Vanity'' magazine.

Rusty is selected for the job largely because she reminds the publisher, John Coudair, of his lost love Maribelle Hicks. When he learns that Rusty is Maribelle's granddaughter, he takes an even more personal interest in her career. Through flashbacks, we see the story of John and Maribelle ([[IdenticalGrandson also played by Hayworth]]): Maribelle was a vaudeville star at the turn of the twentieth century, and John was the son of a wealthy family. He showered her with gifts and attention, but she insisted that she didn't belong in his world--and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't seem to make her forget a certain piano player.

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Rusty Parker (Hayworth) is a showgirl in a Brooklyn nightclub owned by Danny [=McGuire=] (Kelly).(Kelly), an ex-[=GI=] who was invalided out of World War II. Danny also lives across the hall from Rusty, and the two have romantic feelings for each other. On Friday nights, they go to Joe's Oyster Bar along with fellow club performer Genius (Silvers) and order oysters, looking for [[GoodLuckCharm a pearl to bring them luck. luck.]] This cozy routine is disrupted when Rusty wins a modeling opportunity as a cover girl for ''Vanity'' magazine.

Rusty is selected for the job largely because she reminds the publisher, John Coudair, of his lost love Maribelle Hicks. When he learns that Rusty is Maribelle's granddaughter, he takes an even more personal interest in her career. Through flashbacks, we see the story of John and Maribelle ([[IdenticalGrandson also [[IdenticalGrandson (also played by Hayworth]]): Hayworth):]] Maribelle was a vaudeville star at the turn of the twentieth century, and John was the son of a wealthy family. He showered her with gifts and attention, but she insisted that she didn't belong in his world--and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't seem to make her forget a certain piano player.


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* {{Flashback}}: Large portions of the film are this. Some of the scenes also qualify as {{Flash Back Echo}}es.


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* WorldWarII: It isn't a major part of the movie, but there are several clear references to the war:
** Genius sings a comedy song about rationing.
** It's mentioned that Danny was wounded in North Africa.
** Danny and Genius go on tour entertaining the troops. On his return, Danny tells Joe, "You take a look at these guys and you don’t have to worry about who’s going to be the boss over there."


[[caption-width-right:305:Rita Hayworth as Maribelle and Rusty]]

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[[caption-width-right:305:Rita Hayworth as Maribelle (left) and Rusty]] Rusty (right)]]


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* BigApplesauce: The whole story takes place in New York, and the difference between Brooklyn and Fifth Avenue is important in both time periods.


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* MakeoverMontage: Rusty has one before the photo session for her magazine cover, although she doesn't look much different when it's done.


[[caption-width-right:300:Rita Hayworth as Maribelle and Rusty]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Rita [[caption-width-right:305:Rita Hayworth as Maribelle and Rusty]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Rita Hayworth as Maribelle and Rusty]]
A 1944 {{Musical}} film starring Rita Hayworth, Creator/GeneKelly, and [[Series/ThePhilSilversShow Phil Silvers]]. Music is by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.

Rusty Parker (Hayworth) is a showgirl in a Brooklyn nightclub owned by Danny [=McGuire=] (Kelly). Danny also lives across the hall from Rusty, and the two have romantic feelings for each other. On Friday nights, they go to Joe's Oyster Bar along with fellow club performer Genius (Silvers) and order oysters, looking for a pearl to bring them luck. This cozy routine is disrupted when Rusty wins a modeling opportunity as a cover girl for ''Vanity'' magazine.

Rusty is selected for the job largely because she reminds the publisher, John Coudair, of his lost love Maribelle Hicks. When he learns that Rusty is Maribelle's granddaughter, he takes an even more personal interest in her career. Through flashbacks, we see the story of John and Maribelle ([[IdenticalGrandson also played by Hayworth]]): Maribelle was a vaudeville star at the turn of the twentieth century, and John was the son of a wealthy family. He showered her with gifts and attention, but she insisted that she didn't belong in his world--and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't seem to make her forget a certain piano player.

John Coudair and his friend, theatrical producer Noel Wheaton, pressure Rusty to leave the nightclub for Broadway. She hesitates out of loyalty to Danny, but their relationship becomes increasingly strained. Coudair plays on Danny's insecurities, urging him to let Rusty move on to a better life, while Noel shows her his luxurious theatre to give her a taste of what he could offer her. This causes her to miss the Friday night oysters, leading Danny, after tortuous self-reflection expressed by tap-dancing with a ghostly double of himself, to decide to [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy sever his relationship with her]]. The next day, Rusty is late for rehearsal, and Danny gives her song to another girl to perform. They argue, and Rusty storms out of the club, bound for Broadway.

Rusty becomes a star, and Noel asks her to marry him. She promises him an answer the next day and then goes to Danny's nightclub, but finds it closed. The watchman tells her that Danny and Genius are on a tour entertaining the troops. Depressed, she goes to Joe's Oyster Bar and gets drunk. When Coudair and Noel find her there, she agrees to marry Noel.

On the day of Rusty and Noel's wedding, Danny and Genius return to Joe's and order oysters. Danny finally finds a pearl, but seems uninterested in it and leaves it on his plate. Genius picks it up and takes it to John Coudair, urging him to give it to Rusty. At the wedding, as Coudair escorts Rusty down the aisle, he hands her the pearl and completes his story of his romance with Maribelle, revealing that she deserted him at the altar for her piano player. Rusty realizes that she belongs with Danny, and as the minister begins the wedding vows, [[RunawayBride she announces that she is leaving.]] Still dressed in her wedding gown, Rusty hurries to Joe's and is there reunited with Danny and Genius in a [[HappyDance joyful dance.]]

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!!''Cover Girl'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* BettyAndVeronica: For Rusty, Danny is Betty and Noel is Veronica. For Maribelle, the piano player was Betty and John was Veronica.
* GenerationXerox / HistoryRepeats
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Danny feels this way all along, but he struggles with the question of whether Rusty would be happier staying or going.
* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Granddaughter]]: Rusty and Maribelle.
* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack: Danny's "alter ego" dance.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Both Maribelle and Rusty face this choice.
* RunawayBride: Both Maribelle and Rusty.
* SelfMadeMan: Danny's work ethic--as he puts it, it's better win fame with your feet instead of with your face.
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