Love isn't easy for Rita and Gene in... Cover Girl (1944)

One of my favorite musicals has got to be Cover Girl, an underrated film that stars two of my favorite actors, Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly. Oddly enough, Columbia had to be convinced to hire Kelly. In 1944, he wasn't yet known for his inventive routines and his skillful directing. Dennis Morgan was actually who Columbia wanted first, but producer Arthur Schwartz was able to convince studio head Harry Cohn that Kelly was right for the role, even after Cohn reportedly said "That tough Irish face! He can't be in the same frame as Rita, my Rita!" (Um, how dare you, sir. Gene was beautiful.) Gene was lured to the project by Schwartz, who promised that he could choreograph, something he hadn't been able to do at MGM. In the end, Schwartz's choice was validated and Kelly more than proved his mettle.
We open at a Brooklyn nightclub where a line of chorus girls appear from behind a curtain one by one as they sing "The Show Must Go On." One of these girls i…