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You'll Never Get Rich (1941)

Fred Astaire , Rita Hayworth , Sidney Lanfield  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley, John Hubbard, Osa Massen
  • Directors: Sidney Lanfield
  • Writers: Ernest Pagano, Michael Fessier
  • Producers: Samuel Bischoff
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F9GK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,819 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "You'll Never Get Rich" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire. The show must go on-but it may not when a star choreographer wooing a talented dancer gets a draft letter from the Army. Cole Porter's memorable soundtrack includes the songs Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye, Dream Dancing, The A-stairable Rag and more. 1941/b&w/91 min/NR/fullscreen.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Fred May 16, 2003
By Beth
Format:VHS Tape
Not only did Fred Astaire get Ginger and Cyd, he also got Rita Hayworth. But he is so charming in this, you believe he can get Rita, and she is stunning as ever.
Fred starred in two movies with Rita Hayworth, this and "You were Never Lovelier." The second beats this margially, just by having that cute matchmaker plot. But in a lot of ways this movie is almost the better one. The songs in this one don't come almost out of nowhere and the lipsyncing isn't downright obvious.
The writing in this movie was superb, witty lines all over the place. Not forced lines, hoping to be quotable, like you see in the movies today. The doghouse part in the movie was so lovable, didn't seem to look too much like punishment to me.
Martha Tilton sings a song at the end as well and definitely stands out. She didn't seem to be a miscelleanous musical singer...too professional.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a look or two January 5, 2004
Format:DVD
I'm one of those for whom a second tier Fred Astaire film is still more enjoyable than just about anything without him. And there is no question that Fred is at his best in this one. Unfortunately, he just isn't given first-rate musical material around which to wrap his massive dancing abilities. His partner is the extraordinarily capable Rita Hayworth, who spent her teenage years as her father's dance partner in the years when she was both abused by him and when she looked completely Hispanic (plastic surgery, skin lightening, and dying her hair transformed Rita Cansino into Rita Hayworth). They really do make a nice couple, though Fred had the rare ability to make almost anyone look like they were born to dance with him.
The plot is fairly silly, but anyone who loves thirties and forties movies knows when to cut a film a bit of slack. The cast is not outstanding beyond Fred and Rita, with the notable exception of Robert Benchley. This was actually a crucial point in Benchley's career. He had throughout the thirties maintained a dual movie career as the star of a string of hysterically funny one reelers, in which Benchley instructed the public on "How to" do things, such as "How to Vote" or "How to Read." He actually made one of the first talking shorts still to be seen occasionally, "The Sex Life of a Polyp" (1928, a short that obviously couldn't have been made after 1934 and the imposition of the Code). Benchley also made a host of appearances in rather unimportant films during the decade. Starting with Hitchcock's FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, however, Benchley began appearing in much higher quality films, including such gems as THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR (in which he plays Ginger Rogers's nemesis) and I MARRIED A WITCH.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll never get rich December 29, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
The best of two pairings of Astaire and Hayworth on film. Though Astaire and Rogers claim primacy amongst dancing partners, it is hard to imagine any actress who generates more heat and incandescent charm onscreen than Hayworth. As lovely as he is talented, she holds her own surprisingly well in a film that finds Astaire spending most of his time in a stockade for going AWOL or somnabulent mishaps and mayhem. His centerpiece number "since I kissed my baby goodbye" by Cole Porter might be his greatest solo number of the 40's, beginning as a sly and ingenious bit of improvisation. The film also benefits from a superb supporting cast with Robert Benchley as Astaire's unctuous boss who attempts to pursue Hayworth while covering his adultery by passing off an unwilling (bold plot device for the breathing world) Astaire as her boyfriend. Astair e was eager to work with Hayworth due to his friendship with her father (a fellow choreographer) and it's not at all hard to discover why. A goofy mid-war comedy well worth using to stave off any rainy day.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BETTER LOOKING THAN A LOT OF COLUMBIA "CLASSICS"! October 25, 2003
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
"You'll Never Get Rich" is the first of two musicals Fred Astaire made with Columbia's resident bombshell - Rita Hayworth and although it's light, breezy and brimming to the ceiling with comedy and music - ironically, there's not much for the lovely Ms. Hayworth to do, except tap one solo and dance all too briefly in a contrived song with Astaire. The plot focuses on Astaire's employer - Robert Benchley, whose roving eye gets him in perpetual hot water with his wife. Currently, his eye is on Sheila (Hayworth). But an unlikely affair begins, then stops, then starts up again when Sheila realizes she's falling in love - not with Benchley, but Astaire. How's it end? - with music, fun and good humor; all main staples of the Hollywood film musical at its zenith.
TRANSFER: Well, considering the pure garbage Columbia has been giving classic film buffs of late (Talk of the Town, You Can't Take It With You, The Awful Truth) this DVD is looking pretty snappy! The gray scale is accurately rendered - though several scenes look as though second or third generation film elements were used instead of an original camera negative. There is a definite grain structure to this presentation. Apart from that, the usual aliasing, edge enhancement and pixelization that has accompanied many Columbia titles is thankfully absent herein. The audio is MONO but very nicely balanced and - for its vintage - natural sounding.
EXTRAS: ONLY A COUPLE OF THEATRICAL TRAILERS!!!
BOTTOM LINE: The follow up to this movie (You Were Never Lovelier) is far more engaging musical entertainment but this film showcases Astaire's tapping at some of its very best and it's refreshing to see the lovely Ms. Hayworth in fine comedic and dancing form! Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fred & Rita
Love it. Just a corny little story, as is usual, but the two dance wonderfully. Rita Hayworth was a great tap dancer and these movies
are much better than the later sex... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S Ben Shade
5.0 out of 5 stars fred astaire and rita harworth
two great dancers and two great stars together they make magic a really enjoyable plot but the dancer is the reason I watched this picture and fred of course
Published 3 months ago by drusilla p.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Word of Warning
It's a very charming movie, but for gosh sakes be careful when ordering it. Even though you're on the Region 1 DVD product page, one set of links in the red pricing box at the top... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daneel Olivaw
1.0 out of 5 stars I can not watch it because of regional restrictions. That is very...
It is from the UK & won't play in region 1.This is the second DVD I have purchased with this problem (Alistar Cooke's America was the other.
Published 4 months ago by Peter C Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie was very good price was to high
I'm 66yrs. Old my Mom is 92 yrs. old! We watched it together& both liked the DVD! But the company that sold it charged to much! I couldn't think of Hastings Co. at the time
Published 7 months ago by Alan Dean Schakel
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Wonderful classic.. enjoyed it though.. came very nicely packaged.. and was an awesome movie to enjoy with the rest of my family!
Published 11 months ago by Charity Zollman
5.0 out of 5 stars youd never get rich
A very good film I recommend to see good love story good ending. I didn't recognize the songs they were good.
Published 11 months ago by beth holman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sat afternoon watching
Love the dancing and the story line was nice also. My wife saw the dancing on the internet and wanted to see more.
Published 12 months ago by Edward Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful dancing
The plot is silly, but the dancing is a great pleasure to watch. One does not find such talent anymore..
Published 13 months ago by George Oltman
3.0 out of 5 stars No classic but the stars shine
This cross between a backstage musical and a service comedy isn't one of either star's greats, but it nestles rather comfortably in the middle of their cvs as the kind of glossily... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Trevor Willsmer
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