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1[[quoteright:305:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/eb2e7ac13acc01661de6ae9cbb61cd52.jpg]]²[[caption-width-right:305:[[ActingForTwo Rita Hayworth]] as Maribelle (left) and Rusty (right)]] ²A 1944 {{Musical}} film starring Creator/RitaHayworth, Creator/GeneKelly, and [[Series/ThePhilSilversShow Phil Silvers]]. Music is by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin.²²Rusty Parker (Hayworth) is a showgirl in a Brooklyn nightclub owned by Danny [=McGuire=] (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.]] This cozy routine is disrupted when Rusty wins a modeling opportunity as a cover girl for ''Vanity'' magazine.²²Rusty 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.²²John 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 [[TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack tap-dancing with a ghostly double of himself,]] decides to [[CruelToBeKind sever 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.²²Rusty 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]].²²On 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.]] ²²----²!!''Cover Girl'' provides examples of the following tropes:²²* AffectionateNickname: Danny calls Rusty "Chicken."²* AsHerself:²** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinx_Falkenburg Jinx Falkenburg]] has a cameo role as herself.²** Fifteen other real cover girl models of 1944 appear as themselves in the ShowWithinAShow.²* BettyAndVeronica: For Rusty, Danny is Betty and Noel is Veronica. For Maribelle, the piano player was Betty and John was Veronica.²* BigApplesauce: The whole story takes place in New York, and the difference between Brooklyn and Fifth Avenue is important in both time periods.²* BitchInSheepsClothing: Maurine seems friendly but will do just about anything to get ahead.²* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: The "Cover Girl" number in Noel's show.²* CruelToBeKind: Danny tries to do this for Rusty, but she realizes she didn't need the "kindness" after all.²* DeadpanSnarker: Cornelia "Stonewall" Jackson, John Coudair's assistant (played by Eve Arden).²-->'''Coudair:''' I want a girl with a story in her eyes.\²'''Jackson:''' Drawing room or smoking room?²%%* DidNotGetTheGirl: John.²* DistractedByTheLuxury: Rusty is very impressed by Noel's huge... theater.²* 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.²* FieryRedhead: Averted; neither Rusty nor Maribelle is particularly fiery, although their hair is frequently mentioned.²* {{Flashback}}: Large portions of the film are this. Some of the scenes also qualify as {{Flash Back Echo}}es.²%%* GenerationXerox²* GenkiGirl: Based on some catty advice from 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."²%%* GoodLuckCharm: The elusive pearl.²%%* HappyDance: "Make Way for Tomorrow."²* TheHeart: Genius always tries to keep their little group together.²* IllTellYouWhenIveHadEnough: Rusty at Joe's.²--> '''Rusty:''' Give me a drink.\²'''Joe:''' You've had too many now, Rusty.\²'''Rusty:''' So I've had too many. Give me another one.²%%* IdenticalGranddaughter: Rusty for Maribelle.²* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Danny feels this way all along, but he struggles with the question of whether Rusty would be happier staying or going.²%%* LoveAtFirstSight: John for Maribelle.²* 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. ²* MakeoverMontage: Rusty has one before the photo session for her magazine cover, although she doesn't look much different when it's done.²* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack: Danny's "alter ego" dance.²* TheMusicalMusical: It's a backstage story, and most of the characters are professional performers. ²* MusicalWorldHypotheses: Mostly Diegetic, with a couple of exceptions. "Make Way for Tomorrow" is Alternate Universe, and the "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. ²%%* TheOneThatGotAway: Maribelle, for John.²%%* OnTheRebound: Rusty and Noel.²* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Both Maribelle and Rusty face this choice.²%%* RomanticRunnerUp: Noel (and John, in the flashbacks).²%%* RunawayBride: Both Maribelle and Rusty.²* SelfMadeMan: Danny's work ethic. As he puts it, "You gotta get there on your feet, not your face."²* ShipTease: Genius and Stonewall flirt a bit, but it's [[NoRomanticResolution not resolved within the movie.]]²* ShowWithinAShow:²** Rusty stars in the imaginatively titled ''Noel Wheaton's Revue.'' ²** 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."²----

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