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The Films of Rita Hayworth (Cover Girl / Tonight and Every Night / Gilda / Salome / Miss Sadie Thompson) (1943)

Rita Hayworth , José Ferrer , Charles Vidor , Curtis Bernhardt  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Rita Hayworth, José Ferrer, Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton, Lee Bowman
  • Directors: Charles Vidor, Curtis Bernhardt, Victor Saville, William Dieterle
  • Writers: Abem Finkel, Ben Hecht, E.A. Ellington, Erwin S. Gelsey
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024FAG7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Films of Rita Hayworth (Cover Girl / Tonight and Every Night / Gilda / Salome / Miss Sadie Thompson)" on IMDb

Special Features

Baz Luhrmann on Cover Girl
Introducing Miss Sadie Thompson with Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson on Tonight and Every Night
Commentary with Author/Filmmaker Richard Shickel

Editorial Reviews

Rita Hayworth, who was born Margarita Cansino, the daughter of Spanish and Irish parents, trained from a young age as a professional dancer and would become one of the more enduring symbols of glamour and sex appeal of her era. As a result of her sultry good looks and talent displayed in every genre, including comedies, dramas, musicals, thrillers, and even westerns, Rita Hayworth became the unmatched Queen of the lot at Sunset and Gower, in Hollywood, and one of Columbia's most important contract stars. By 1940, a picture starring Rita Hayworth guaranteed the highest level of production values and her films are some of the most iconic of their era. Now Sony Pictures and The Film Foundation have teamed again to bring five of her finest films to DVD--three of them for the first time. These films highlight Hayworth's charm, grace and allure as a dancer, dramatic actress, and vamp--while charting the exceptional range of her career. It's a collection that showcases one of Hollywood's most unforgettable stars...and is certain to win her legions of new admirers as well.

Cover Girl-- Rita's gorgeous red hair made her a natural for Technicolor, and her beauty is amply displayed in this musical about a dancer who unexpectedly becomes a magazine cover model. Dance partner and love interest, Gene Kelly (who also served as an un-credited choreographer with Stanley Donen) becomes jealous when her rising celebrity clashes with his ambition. The songs are by Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern, with supporting actors Phil Silvers, Lee Bowman, Otto Kruger, and Eve Arden rounding out the superb cast.

Gilda-- Gilda (Rita Hayworth), the wife of a casino owner (George Macready) in Buenos Aires, is surprised to be introduced to her husband's new casino manager (Ford), a man from her past. Rita's legendary striptease to "Put the Blame on Mame" is an unforgettable moment in one of the greatest of all film noirs, and the peak of her career--not to mention a searing depiction of one of the most erotic and tortured relationships on film. Directed by Charles Vidor, the film co-stars Joseph Calleia, Stephen Geray and Gerald Mohr.

Miss Sadie Thompson--The fourth screen version of the famed Somerset Maugham story details the arrival of a free-spirited woman to Samoa, where she naturally arouses the interest of the Marines based there (especially sergeant Aldo Ray), as well as the wrath of the fire-and-brimstone preacher (Jose Ferrer) who wants her sent away immediately. Curtis Bernhardt (A Stolen Life) directed the film, which was originally released in 3-D.

Salome-- Rita plays the gloriously beautiful but wicked Salome with relish in this Biblical tale of the stepdaughter of Roman King Herod (Charles Laughton), whose growing lust for his charge leads her to make a very unique demand involving John The Baptist (Alan Badel). William Dieterle (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) directed this lavish production, which also stars Stewart Granger, Dame Judith Anderson and Sir Cedric Hardwicke.

Tonight and Every Night-- This moving picture of life in war-time London is a tribute to those enduring the nightly bombing raids that strafed the city, and Hayworth is radiant as an American showgirl in London. Another gorgeous Technicolor musical and an unusual dramatic role for Rita, based on the real theater troupe who never missed a performance, despite increasingly dangerous circumstances. Victor Saville (Goodbye, Mr. Chips) produced and directed the film, which co-stars Lee Bowman, Janet Blair and Leslie Brooks.

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These films highlight Hayworth's charm, grace and allure as a dancer, dramatic actress, and vamp--while charting the exceptional range of her career. It's a collection that showcases one of Hollywood's most unforgettable stars...and is certain to win her legions of new admirers as well. Includes the films Cover Girl, Gilda, Miss Sadie Thompson, Salome and Tonight And Every Night.

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
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The Rita Hayworth Collection includes two of her greatest films: COVER GIRL and GILDA. Both have been previously released on DVD and therefore they can be purchased individually. The other three films are new to DVD...

GILDA (1946) is an excellent Film Noir which co-stars Glenn Ford (The Big Heat, Blackboard Jungle) as one of three members in a torrid love-hate relationship. The incredibly beautiful Rita Hayworth performs two songs, "Amado Mio" and "Put The Blame On Mame", with perfection. GILDA catapulted Rita Hayworth to legendary, super star status which was so-well deserved. GILDA is one of my favorite movies of all time. Includes audio commentary with Richard Shickel plus featurette: "Martin Scorsese & Baz Luhrmann On Gilda" & original theatrical trailer.

COVER GIRL (1944) is a wonderful Technicolor musical with Gene Kelly (An American In Paris, Singin' In The Rain), Phil Silvers (Diamond Horseshoe, TV's Sgt. Bilko) and Eve Arden (Stage Door, Mildred Pierce). This film, simply put, is Rita's best musical. In fact, I would go as far as saying Cover Girl is Columbia's greatest musical. The film has wonderful songs and dance routines which includes Gene Kelly dancing with his alter-ego. The hauntingly beautiful song, Long Ago And Far Away, is featured. Includes featurette: "Baz Luhrmann On Cover Girl"

TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT (1945) is another entertaining Technicolor musical. The setting is Britain during WWII and features a troupe of performers who never miss a show despite bombings and other issues. Rita Hayworth stars with Janet Blair (My Sister Eileen, Fabulous Dorseys) and the lack-luster Lee Bowman (Buck Privates, Cover Girl).
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reflections on a GODDESS November 5, 2010
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After dancing professionally from the age of 13 with her father's troupe, and then after five years working in the film business, in 1940 Rita Hayworth was a starlet under contract to Columbia Studios. She had had leading roles in B films, serials, and some supporting roles in major films like 'Only Angels Have Wings' with Cary Grant (1939) and 'Susan and God' with Fredric March and Joan Crawford.

In 1941 Rita bloomed-blossomed-EXPLODED onto the screen as a major film celebrity. First, as 'The Strawberry Blonde' (for Warners), she received great notices and gave a well-polished performance as an 1890's flirt. Rita worked well & charmingly opposite James Cagney.

At 20th Century-Fox, Hayworth was dazzling as the temptress Dona Sol in the Technicolor 'Blood and Sand' opposite Tyrone Power (who can forget the way she runs her fingers thru & pulls Power up by his hair!). Her Sol was mysterious in her silences, yet highly erotic in her interaction with Power and Anthony Quinn. Rita was fantastic in color and became Hollywood's most famous redhead with the release of this film.

At this time, by Hayworth's own account, Fred Astaire came to her home studio Columbia, signed on for 2 films, and asked for Hayworth to be his partner. Their first film, released in 1941, was 'You'll Never Get Rich'. Astaire and Hayworth were magical together, and most critics agree that Hayworth was one of Astaire's best dancing partners.

Astaire would later state in his memoirs that "Rita danced with trained perfection and individuality." And according to Astaire's good friend David Niven, and also Astaire's daughter Ava, Rita Hayworth was Fred Astaire's all-time favorite dance partner.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contents May 27, 2009
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This Rita Hayworth Collection will include:

w/ Gene Kelly,Phil Silvers and Eve Arden
Directed by Charles Vidor

w/ Lee Bowman, Janet Blair and Marc Platt
Directed by Victor Saville

GILDA (1946)
w/ Glenn Ford and George Macready
Directed by Charles Vidor
Black & White

SALOME (1953)
w/ Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton and Judith Anderson
Directed by William Dieterle

w/ Jose Ferrer and Aldo Ray
Directd by Curtis Bernhardt

Although COVER GIRL and GILDA have been previously released on DVD, these titles will apparently be availble only as a set.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great flicks. Meager Extras/ January 8, 2011
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"The Films of Rita Hayworth" once again validate what a true Movie Star Rita Hayworth was. One of its strongest lures is that "Tonight and Every Night," "Salome" and "Miss Sadie Thompson" are finally available on DVD. I am not that fussy about picture and sound quality, so do not have much to say about the transfers. And being a fan of film dance, I am delighted to be able to see Rita dance, lip-synch and smolder. In "Miss Sadie Thompson," Rita's extraordinary performance of "The Heat is On" is what that film is all about. And, for me, the heart of "Salome" is her "Dance of the 7 Veils," no matter how ill-conceived it is. Valerie Bettis is the wrong choreographer for a primitive, erotic dance. But since Modern-Dance-Bettis was under contract to Columbia Studio at the time, I understand why they used her. It is the smoldering close-ups of Rita that make it work. And Charles Laughton never fails to make me howl watching him act "the lusty pedophile." As a sidenote, there is a infamous radio commercial for the film in which the announcer actually said:"Rita Hayworth's Salami will take your breath away."

I am very disappointed in the "Extras" and think that Sony should be ashamed of themselves. Patricia Clarkson is a lovely and well-spoken actress, but what she says has no particular focus. The only worthwhile piece is when Baz Luhrmann and Martin Scorcese talk about "Gilda." Jack Cole is [finally/luckily] mentioned by Scorcese in the "Gilda" extra in terms of his work on "Put the Blame on Mame," but most of the success of "Tonight and Every Night" is dependant upon the musical numbers Jack Cole created for Hayworth, Marc Platt and Janet Blair. Platt's dancing to a Hitler speech is a landmark and what he did for Hayworth in "You Excite Me" is unleashing the beautiful beast in her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
Another wonderful collection of this great actress's career. She has a unique power in conveying her characters on the screen.
Published 27 days ago by Harry Steltmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
This collection showcases some Rita Hayworth's better movies.
1. Gilda:
Great dramatic performance worthy of an Oscar. Read more
Published 3 months ago by david erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rita Hayworth - Unsurpassed Talent and Beauty Combination
Very good collection of films, especially the back to back to back "Cover Girl", "Tonight and Every Night" and "Gilda"....what a triple delight. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John J. Mecca MD
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great collection of films for Rita Hayworth fans
Everything about this collection is A+. Rita Hayworth is magical and vivacious. The movies are a treat and all worth watching more then once. Read more
Published 4 months ago by NHMovieLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Rita Hayworth Collection
I have always enjoyed the movies of Ms. Hayworth. She was extremely beautiful and as a dancer, she was incomparable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JayWalkerNC
5.0 out of 5 stars Rita Hayworth is the best !!!!!!!!!
Rita Hayworth is my all time favorite actress....she can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned.....If she's in it ....I love it !!!!!!!!
This is a terrific collection.
Published 4 months ago by bronxboy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Better Actress than Generally Given Credit For
Rita Hayworth made her characters believable while being one of the most beautiful women of her time; one really disliked the character Gilda in the movie.
Published 5 months ago by George Oltman
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Prints
Carefully restored prints of these films. This is what real lovers of classic film are looking for. Studios - listen and learn!
Published 5 months ago by Michael P. D. Fava
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit-and-miss collection...
Columbia's Rita Hayworth collection is an attractive package showcasing the actress's versatility as a performer in a quintet of films, three of which haven't got a lot going for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Rita the shining star
Rita is very fascinating to watch. She puts her all into her work even if the story is not the best. She IS and SHINES.
She has beauty. talent and dancing that is unequal. Read more
Published 8 months ago by says 'nick'
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