1944, Sony Repertory, 107 min, USA, Dir: Charles Vidor

Rita Hayworth is a popular hoofer at Gene Kelly’s Brooklyn nightclub, but has always dreamed of stardom on Broadway; opportunity knocks when a rich publisher who’d been in love with her grandmother makes her a magazine cover girl – but will she turn her back on her old friends? With gorgeous Technicolor cinematography, terrific dance numbers and comic relief from Phil Silvers and Eve Arden, COVER GIRL is nonstop entertainment, and propelled Hayworth and Kelly to stardom. Originally opened at Radio City Music Hall during Easter week, 1944.

1949, Warner Bros., 98 min, USA, Dir: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen

Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin are three sailors on leave in New York who find romance - and plenty of song and dance - with Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller and Betty Garrett over the course of their day at liberty in the big city. The creative team of Kelly and Donen, producer Arthur Freed and writers Adolph Green and Betty Comden would reunite three years later to make SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN.

1949, Park Circus/MGM, 93 min, USA, Dir: Busby Berkeley

This superbly crafted musical features an all-star team behind the camera - producer Arthur Freed, director Busby Berkeley and choreographer Stanley Donen - as well as in front. Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly are baseball players (and off-season vaudeville performers) in 1908 whose team is taken over by a woman (Esther Williams). Costars Jules Munshin and Betty Garrett hit home runs with numbers like “O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg” and “It's Fate, Baby” (the two would soon join Sinatra and Kelly in ON THE TOWN).

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