Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 1944. Columbia Pictures Corporation. Story by Erwin S. Gelsey, Adaptation by Marion Parsonnet, Paul Gangelin, Screenplay by Virginia Van Upp. Cinematography by Allen M. Davey, Rudolph Mate. Produced by Arthur Schwartz. Music by Jerome Kern. Production Design by Lionel Banks, Cary Odell. Costume Design by Travis Banton, Muriel King, Gwen Wakeling. Film Editing by Viola Lawrence. Academy Awards 1944.
Beautiful but eventually tiresome show-within-a-show musical about a hot stuff chorus girl (Rita Hayworth) who is given the chance of a lifetime when a sugardaddy wants to put her on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Trouble is, she’s in love with the selfish choreographer (Gene Kelly) of the nightclub act she’s currently performing in. Too many overly long musical numbers are jam-packed into the Technicolour splendor, but the beautiful score does feature the gorgeous theme ‘Long Ago And Far Away’, it alone being worth the watch (not to mention another chance to see Hayworth at her most glorious).