Rita Hayworth: The Collection (Box Set)

  |  Buy to Own: 08/11/2004
  |  406 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Four classic musicals starring 1940s Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth. In 'You Were Never Lovelier' (1942), Maria Acuna (Hayworth) is the daughter of hotelier Eduardo (Adolphe Menjou), who wishes her to marry poste haste. Maria believes that no man can match her high standards, so Eduardo invents a phoney Romeo, sending his daughter flowers and love notes. When penniless American dancer Robert Davis (Fred Astaire) delivers the latest of Eduardo's gifts, Maria believes him to be her mystery admirer. In 'Cover Girl' (1944), Hayworth stars as Rusty Parker, a nightclub dancer who rockets to fame and fortune after she is plucked from the chorus line and embarks on a career as a magazine cover girl. But will her newfound success risk alienating her from the man she truly loves? The film co-stars Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers and Eve Arden, and features music and lyrics by Ira Gerswin and Jerome Kern. In 'Gilda' (1946), gambler Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) is shocked when his boss and best friend Ballin (George Macready) asks him to keep an eye on his beautiful new wife Gilda (Hayworth) - for the two were previously lovers. Gilda taunts Johnny and attempts to get him in trouble with her husband but when Ballin apparently dies in a plane crash, Johnny marries Gilda and treats her badly as punishment. Frank Sinatra is the eponymous protagonist in 'Pal Joey' (1957). Joey is a womanizing nightclub singer who arrives in San Francisco with the dream of making it big. He toys with the affections of Linda (Kim Novak), a young innocent chorus girl, while a rich widow (Rita Hayworth) falls in love with him. She offers to finance his own nightclub if he marries her and cuts off all ties to Linda. Songs include 'My Funny Valentine' and a definitive version of 'The Lady is a Tramp'.