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Notable as: MusicalSub-Category: romantic comedy, musical filmNarrative location: ArgentinaRuntime: 97 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: William A. SeiterScreenwriter: Delmer DavesMusic: Leigh HarlineCinematography: Ted TetzlaffStars: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom, Xavier Cugat, Leslie Brooks, Adele Mara, Gus Schilling, Barbara Brown, Lina Romay, Barry Norton, Kathleen HowardProducer: Columbia PicturesStudio: Columbia PicturesAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Original Musical Score (Leigh Harline)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Award details: (details at IMDb)

You Were Never Lovelier is a 1942 Hollywood musical romantic comedy film set in Buenos Aires. It stars Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth and features Adolphe Menjou and Xavier Cugat, with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The film was directed by William A. Seiter and was released by Columbia Pictures. This, the second and last of Astaire's outings with Hayworth, avoids wartime themes, and benefits from lavish production values – a consequence of the box-office success of the earlier You'll Never Get Rich. Kern created a standard with "I'm Old Fashioned". Initially, Kern was unhappy about the selection of Cugat and his orchestra; however, when production was complete, he was so pleased with the band's performance that he presented Cugat with a silver baton. Although Hayworth had a fine voice, Harry Cohn insisted on her singing being dubbed throughout by Nan Wynn. The film is a rework of the 1941 Argentine musical Los martes, orquídeas directed by Francisco Múgica.

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