Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)

 

“You Were Never Lovelier” (1942 – Columbia Pictures) is a musical comedy starring Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou and Xavier Cugat, with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The film was directed by William A. Seiter.  “You Were Never Lovelier” was the second of Astaire’s outings with Hayworth, the first being “You’ll Never Get Rich” (1941), both of which were very successful.

 

Director William A. Seiter with Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire on the set of "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942)

Director William A. Seiter with Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)

 

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire enjoy a smoke break on the set of "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942)

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire enjoy a smoke break on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)

 

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire on the set of "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942)

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)

 

Shirley Temple visits Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth on the set of "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942)

Shirley Temple visits Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)

 

Shirley Temple dances with Fred Astaire while Rita Hayworth watches on the set of "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942)

Shirley Temple dances with Fred Astaire while Rita Hayworth watches on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)

 

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire rehearsing on the set of "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942)

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire rehearsing on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)

 

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire rehearsing on the set of "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942)

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire rehearsing on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)

 

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire rehearsing on the set of "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942)

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire rehearsing on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)

 

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire rehearsing on the set of "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942)

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire rehearsing on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)

 

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire rehearsing on the set of "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942)

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire rehearsing on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)

 

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2 Responses to “Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire on the set of “You Were Never Lovelier” (1942)”

  1. […] “You Were Never Lovelier” (Columbia Pictures) is a 1942 Hollywood musical comedy film, set in Buenos Aires. The movie stars Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou and Xavier Cugat, also with Isobel Elsom, Leslie Brooks, Adele Mara, and Gus Schilling. The film was directed by William A. Seiter. “You Were Never Lovelier” was the second of Astaire’s outings with Hayworth after the box-office success of the earlier “You’ll Never Get Rich” in 1941. Music is by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Kern and Mercer provide two songs for the movie that have become standards, “Dearly Beloved” and “I’m Old Fashioned”. The dance sequence to “I’m Old Fashioned” with Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth is as pure and romantic as any Hollywood as ever offered. Hayworth and Astaire also team up in a combination American swing and tap dancing routine to the song “The Shorty George” in which they both get to show off their dancing skills. Astaire shines in his “Audition Dance” which Astaire himself called one of his best solos ever. Initially, Kern was unhappy about the selection of Xavier Cugat and his orchestra. But when production was complete, he was so pleased with the band’s performance that he presented Cugart with a silver baton. Although Hayworth had a fine voice, Harry Cohn insisted on her singing being dubbed throughout by Nan Wynn. […]

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