You Were Never Lovelier

You Were Never Lovelier

DVD - 2004
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The Acunas family is a family of tradition. The family holds the ritual of making sure that their daughters get married in order of age. When the second daughter does not follow the tradition quick enough her sister resort to finding her a lover.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia Pictures, [2004]
ISBN: 9781404950603
1404950605
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 97 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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ManMachine
Jun 15, 2019

You know, it takes watching an idiotic Rom/Com/Musical just like 1942's "You Were Never Lovelier" for one to fully realize just what absolutely preposterous lengths Hollywood screenwriters would go to back then in order to get a love affair cooking between a guy and a gal who came from opposite sides of the tracks.

And - Just like an elastic band being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d to the point of actually snapping under the strain - This super-dumb "poor-boy-meets-rich-girl" story really pushed the limits of plausibility way-way-way beyond the point of being at all humanly tolerable (from my perspective).

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Derringer
May 30, 2019

For starters - Here's my strong suggestion to anyone planning to watch 1942's "You Were Never Lovelier" - "Fast-forward to view the musical numbers only and just ignore all of the rest".

Why do I say this? 'Cause (IMO) this film's "boy-meets-girl" story-line is so annoyingly contrived, hollow, and predictable that it's an absolute insult to the intelligence of any thinking person.

Despite the lavish sets and glittering gowns (for the women) - "You Were Never Lovelier" was never more dreary and uninspired movie-making. I cannot believe that movie-audiences back in those days were actually entertained by the likes of this empty-headed nonsense.

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ZsaZsa4
Apr 26, 2019

I liked it -- the stories are always lame with musicals, and this wasn't much of a musical... it was heavy on story... and what a convoluted story it was... with a major plot point sort of glossed over at the end...

I wanted to see it because Fred Astaire said Rita Hayworth was his favourite dance partner... and they only did two movies together, this and "You'll Never Get Rich." Apparently they were both perfectionists and loved to do all kinds of extra rehearsing to get their steps right, and apparently Fred Astaire liked the fact that RH had been professionally trained.

None of this is obvious to me as an observer -- that is, their dances together are unquestionably amazing, but some dances he did with other partners were equally as amazing in my eyes. The perfectionism is not noticeable. FA and RH are both really good at quickstep numbers, for sure.

What I like about RH's dancing is that she has these long sinuous limbs, and she really knows how to position them. Her backbends are also amazing (see DVD cover above). She knows how to hold her head amazingly. But she holds her shoulders up too high. I am surprised she didn't get a lot of coaching to stop doing that.

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Spiritof57
Apr 18, 2017

The premise of the film was silly to the point of being farcical but it was still fun to watch. The dancing scenes of Hayworth and Astaire at 52:52 & 1:04:02 were wonderful.

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Britty346
Oct 29, 2014

This movie was pretty good. I liked how it began; seeing where the characters were in life and then how they met. Towards the middle though it seemed to get stale with the sisters always pestering Rita Hayworth's character and the Father angry at Fred Astaire's character. The end of the movie was pretty satisfying though and the music and dance numbers peppered through out were dazzling. My favorite was the song and dance in the garden!

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