SALOME (1953)
1953, Sony Repertory, 103 min, USA, Dir: William Dieterle

Rita Hayworth shines in the title role of this biblical epic, as the woman whose Dance of the Seven Veils bewitches King Herod (Charles Laughton) and costs John the Baptist (Alan Badel) his head. The film takes some liberties to paint Salome in a more sympathetic light but doesn’t skimp on spectacle, with costumes and production design befitting the glory days of Technicolor. With Judith Anderson, Cedric Hardwicke and Stewart Granger.


COVER GIRL
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.


MISS SADIE THOMPSON
1953, Sony Repertory, 91 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Bernhardt

After she’s forced to leave Hawaii when her Honolulu singing job goes kaput, hard-luck dame Sadie Thompson (Rita Hayworth) is stranded on the isle of Samoa, which is home to a U.S. Army base. She’s befriended by well-meaning, lovable GI hunk Aldo Ray as well as his soldier pals (including a young Charles Bronson). But dirty-minded lay minister and self-righteous gadabout Jose Ferrer, laying over with his wife on a trip, believes she is nothing more than a common prostitute and is offended by her presence. He takes it upon himself to make Sadie’s life a living hell until he can get her deported back to the States. Although Rita’s singing voice was dubbed by Jo Ann Greer, you would never know it during the musical numbers - she is positively dynamite performing "Hear No Evil," "The Heat Is On," and "Blue Pacific Blues." Originally shot in 3-D, this is a terrific color remake of W. Somerset Maugham’s classic tale “Miss Thompson,” first filmed in 1932 as RAIN by director Lewis Milestone with Joan Crawford.


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