You'll Never Get Rich (1941)

Genres - Comedy, Musical, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Romance  |   Release Date - Sep 25, 1941 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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You'll Never Get Rich is not the greatest film that either Fred Astaire or Rita Hayworth ever made, but it's an enjoyably silly flick that offers some interesting attractions. The stars are the main asset, of course. This was the first of their two onscreen pairings, and while the script doesn't develop their characters as much as one might hope, there's a definite chemistry at work between the two. This is especially clear during their musical numbers, naturally, when Hayworth's friendly sex goddess aura meshes beautifully with Astaire's air of sophistication. Hayworth is even a better dancer than Ginger Rogers, no mean feat, although she lacks a little of the fire that Rogers brought to the team. Not that Hayworth isn't capable of letting Astaire's character have it with both barrels when necessary; it's just that the anger somehow seems less personal to her. Astaire has a great time with his role, enjoying the chance to play someone less gentlemanly than usual, and he's in good vocal form as well. Cole Porter's score is serviceable, with "So Near and Yet So Far" considerably more than that. The script is a bit of a patchwork quilt -- some allegedly comedic sequences in particular don't hold up -- but as long as the stars (and co-star Robert Benchley) are around, Richis engaging entertainment.