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Rita Hayworth performs "Poor John" - Cover Girl (1944)

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Uploaded on Sep 18, 2007

"Cover Girl" (1944), staring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly won the 1945 Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Motion Picture.

Here is Ms. Hayworth, performing "Poor John" as Maribelle Hicks in a flashback sequence. Maribelle is angry because her fiance's mother humiliated her in a recent visit, and so she performs this number to John's disgrace.

The song was written and composed by Fred Leigh and Henry E. Pether. Martha Mears dubbed the singing voice for Rita. The costume is what is known as a "Pearly Queen" costume, a late 19th century cockney costume, hence the crude posture and odd accent.

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