You’ll Never Get Rich
An eccentric New York theater owner has his eye on the beautiful chorus girl Sheila Winthrop (Rita Hayworth). His wife has her eye on him. Sheila has her eye on the show’s choreographer Robert Curtis(Fred Astaire). Having been discovered, the boss throws Robert into the middle of a comedic cover-up that eventually forces Robert to flee into the Army. Robert will never get rich as a private, but at least he’s out of his predicament – or is he? When Rita Hayworth was paired to star opposite Fred Astaire in the musical comedy YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH, the press speculated that the two might be mismatched. Then Columbia Pictures head Harry Cohen insisted on the pairing, and correctly so. All skeptics were silenced as Hayworth more than proved her dancing abilities, establishing her as one of the best partners Astaire ever had – Ginger Rodgers notwithstanding. She quite literally became Columbia’s hottest property of the ’40s with LIFE magazine quickly dubbing her the “Love Goddess” of Hollywood. The film’s many accolades include Academy Award® nominations for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture and the featured hit song “Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye” by Cole Porter.
Being a big fan of Fred Astair’s, I enjoy watching his musical steps in those movies of the 40’s even if they might not be in color. Even though musicals of the 1940’s did not have the greatest scripts in the world, it seems that the music and the dancing had everyone spellbound. I had not seen this movie before so it was new to me. I have to admit I loved the dancing like always but this would never become one of my favorites.
When watching a movie from a different era, it is amazing how different they are from what is shown today. It is implied that a married man has affairs but nothing is every shown except possibly the presents that he buys. He always gets caught by his wife in his lies and has to tell the truth to someone about what has happened. I can only imagine what might have been shown if this was a movie of today.
Fred Astair has great dance steps and gets out of some comical situations to get the girl of his dreams, making this one of the classics of its time. It is awarded the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for 12+.