Cover Girl

Synopsis: Rusty Parker, a red-headed leggy dancer at Danny McGuire's Night Club in Brooklyn, wants to be a successful Broadway star. She enters a contest to be a 'Cover Girl' as a stepping-stone in her career. She reminds the publisher, John Coudair, of his lost love, showgirl Maribelle Hicks. He was engaged to Maribelle, although his wealthy society mother made fun of her. Maribelle left John at the altar when she saw the piano at her wedding. It reminded her of the piano-player she truly loved. Rusty is Maribelle's granddaughter and there are musical sequences with Maribelle dancing to songs from the beginning of the 20th century. Rusty lands on the cover of her grandmother's former fiancé's magazine (as a bride). She is pursued by Coudair's pal, the wealthy theatrical producer, Noel Wheaton. He produces a lavish musical to star Rusty, surrounded by real cover girls of the mid 1940's. Rusty runs down a huge spiral into the arms of dozens of men who seem clumsy next to her ethereal dancing. But
Director(s): Charles Vidor
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

The show must go on

The show must go on

To answer all the clamour

For oomph and glamour and so on

To captivate Tom, Dick and Harry

Each Matilda, Kay and Carrie

Cleopatra and DuBarry

Puts her show on

Way back in history

Old Adam didn't give a care

There was no mystery

A rag, a bone, a hank of hair

But since humanity

Discovered vanity

We only know the show must go on

We only know the show must go on

This clever lyrical endeav our

Could probably go on forever

But all we're saying is what you know

That glamour is a woman's show

The show most people lik e to view

Is evident in burlesque

That show must go on

The show must go on

The show must go on

To answer all the clamour

For oomph and glamour and so on

But since humanity

Discovered vanity

We only know the show must go on

But the show we show

Is different because

We don't depend on this

Nor this for applause

That sort of thing

We scornfully dismiss



We only know the show must go on!

Hey, Genius!


Oh, those poor people.

The entertainment can start.

The Genius is here.

Don't let the customers hear. The house

can be emptied in three minutes.

Listen, kids.

That number's still ragged. On your

entrance, keep your heads down.

- Our mothers told us not to do it.

- You can't teach old daughters new tricks.

We'll see if I can

at 9:
00 tomorrow morning.

Rehearsals are at 10.

Go on, you got five minutes

to make your change.

Those little dames can sure gripe.

The bigger the gripe,

the better the army, Jim.

- And there is a great army.

- You're not kidding.

Well, I just won't show up.

I have an appointment at 9:00,

and I'll keep it.

It's my chance to get out of here

and into the big time.

- What big time?

- The big time has nothing to do with 9:00.

- You got a line on a job, Maurine?

- You bet I have.

It has nothing to do with 9:00 either,

or 10:

You can sleep all day.

- I've never heard of a job like that.

- No? Here, look for yourself.

Not that I think I'm the most

beautiful girl in the world...

...but I think I can at least try.

"Vanity's Golden Wedding Girl.

Fame and fortune await the girl...

...on the cover

of Vanity's 50th anniversary number.

Who will she be? She could be you."

How could getting your face on

a magazine get you into the big time?

A cover girl's face can unlock

any door.

- I've got a face. I'll use it.

- I don't understand.

If you can do better,

why should Mr. McGuire object?

The McGuire slogan is to get there

on your feet, not your face.

Can you imagine me asking him?

My name is Rusty Parker.


Could I see Mr. Coudair

about the Vanity cover?

Miss Jackson, Mr. Coudair's assistant,

does interviews. She'll try to see you.

Thank you.

What on earth are you doing here?

Oh, same thing you are, I guess.

You shouldn't be

such a good salesman.

Does Danny know you came?

Well, I didn't tell him,

if that's what you mean.

He's gonna be sore at me. But you...

...egads, he'll cut you up

in little pieces.

Well, he doesn't have to know.

Does he, Maurine?

No, of course not.

Save it, kitties. Don't waste it on me.

That redhead isn't bad.

No, she isn't.

All right, Marion, let the bars down.

Carry on, Colby.

Maurine Martin, please.

Egads, wish me luck.

That girl has a really lovely figure...

...if she knew how to walk.

Ever done any modelling?

No, but all you have to do is keep still,

isn't it?

That always helps.

Does it matter I've never modelled?

No, in this case, we prefer it.

Now sit down and stand up

again several times.

I mean stand.

You're a very pretty girl,

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Virginia Van Upp

Virginia Van Upp (January 13, 1902 – March 25, 1970) was an American film producer and screenwriter. more…

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