You’ll Never Get Rich

  • Columbia, 1941, B/W, 88 minutes, ***
  • Released September, 1941

A wonderful musical romp starring Fred Astaire as a choreographer who finds chlorine Rita Hayworth has what it takes to be his dancing partner. Hoofing takes a back seat to Uncle Sam, though, when Astaire is drafted. “Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye,” “Dream Dancing” and “The A-stairable Rag” are among the Cole Porter songs; with Robert Benchley, Ona Massen.

Details

  • Produced by: Samuel Bischoff
  • Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
  • Assistant Director: Gene Anderson
  • Original Screen Play by: Michael Fessier, Ernest Pagano
  • Songs by: Cole Porter
  • Musical Director: M. W. Stoloff
  • Assistant: Paul Mertz Dances Staged by: Robert Alton
  • Art Direction: Lionel Banks
  • Costume Design: Robert Kalloch
  • Music Recording by: P. J. Faulkner
  • Director of Photography: Philip Tannura
  • Film Editor: Otto Meyer
  • Awards: Academy Award nominations for Best Score and Best Song (“Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye”)

Cast

  • Fred Astaire [Robert Curtis]
  • Rita Hayworth [Sheila Winthrop]
  • John Hubbard [Tom Barton]
  • Robert Benchley [Martin Cortland]
  • Osa Massen [Sonya]
  • Frieda Inescort [Mrs. Cortland]
  • Guinn “Big Boy” Williams [Kewpie Blain]
  • Donald MacBride [Top Sergeant]
  • Cliff Nazarro [Swivel Tongue]
  • Marjorie Gateson [Aunt Louise]
  • Ann Shoemaker [Mrs. Barton]
  • Boyd Davis [Colonel Shiller]
  • Mary Currier [Costume Designer]
  • Robert E. Homans [Stage Doorman]
  • Sunnie O’Dea [Marjorie]
  • Martha Tilton [Singer]
  • Gwen Kenyon [Singer]
  • Frank Ferguson [Justice of Peace]
  • Emmett Vogan [Jenkins]
  • Jack Rice [Jewelry Clerk]
  • Hal K. Dawson [Information]
  • Harry Burns [Foreigner]
  • Patti McCarty [Young Girl]
  • Edward McWade [Army Doctor]
  • Lester Dorr [Photographer]
  • Tim Ryan [Policeman]
  • Frank Sully [Robert’s Guard]
  • Garry Owen [Robert’s Guard]
  • Paul Irving [Gen. Trafscott]
  • Harry Strang [Colonel’s Orderly]
  • Eddie Laughton [Lieutenant]
  • Dorothy Vernon [Kewpie’s Mother]
  • Stanley Brown [Draftee]
  • Monte Collins [Sleeper]
  • Paul Philips [Capt. Nolan]
  • Harold Goodwin [Capt. Williams]
  • Jack O’Malley [Sentry]
  • Eddie Coke [Chauffeur]
  • Larry Williams [Private]
  • James Millican [Private]
  • Forrest Prince [Soloist]
  • Frank Wayne [Prisoner]
  • Charles Anthony Hughes [Prisoner]
  • Rudolph Hunter
  • John Porter
  • Lucius Brooks
  • Leon Buck [The Four Tones]
  • Martha Tilton [singing voice of Rita Hayworth]

Musical Program

  • [0:04] Boogie Barcarolle (instrumental danced by Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth and Chorus)
  • [0:14] Dream Dancing (instrumental danced by Fred Astaire and Rita Haymorth)
  • [0:29] Shootin’ the Works for Uncle Sam (sung and danced by Fred Astaire and Chorus Girls)
  • [0:42] Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye (sung by the Four Tones, danced by Fred Astaire)
  • [0:51] March Milastaire (A-Stairable Rag) (instrumental danced by Fred Astaire)
  • [0:58] So Near and Yet So Far (sung by Fred Astaire, danced by Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth)
  • [1:21] The Wedding Cake Walk (sung by Martha Tilton dubbing for Rita Hayworth
  • danced by Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth and Chorus)