You'll Never Get Rich
Twilight Time // Unrated // $29.95 // April 18, 2017
Review by Neil Lumbard | posted May 23, 2017
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You'll Never Get Rich Twilight Time Blu-ray Review You'll Never Get Rich is a musical featuring the great Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth. The film features music by the legendary musician Cole Porter. It is a wonderful showcase of song and dance. It is produced by Samuel Bischoff (The Roaring Twenties).

Martin Cortland (Robert Benchley) is having an affair with the beautiful Sheila Winthrop (Rita Hayworth). Cortland is planning to give her an expensive diamond bracelet but is concerned about his wife seeing the diamonds (and Sheila). Martin decides to enlist the help of his employee, dancer/performer Robert Curtis (Fred Astaire), who takes the diamonds.

Robert ends up giving the diamond bracelet to Sheila himself. Before long, Robert has fallen head over heels for Sheila and the two start their own romance. Yet trouble ensues as things get out of hand with one mishap after another. Robert becomes enlisted in military service (and the story goes from one zany scenario to another after that). It all builds to a giant musical show for the troops and a grand musical finale.

The film is well produced with a number of great elements to the production. The cinematography by Philip Tannura (Racket Squad) is beautiful to behold. The film has tremendous black and white cinematography. The film looks stunning. The production is complimented by the elegant costumes by Irene (Easter Parade) and gowns by Robert Kalloch (His Girl Friday).

The screenplay by Michael Fessier (You Were Never Lovelier, Red Garters) and Ernest Pagano (Shall We Dance, Carefree) is entertaining. The film takes a number of unexpected turns and is well-done for a classic musical. The story helps connect the great musical numbers to one another.  The film is surprisingly funny with the goofy comedic hijinks throughout the story. 

Sidney Lanfield (The Addams Family, McHale's Navy) directed the film. You'll Never Get Rich is a entertaining experience with good energy. Lanfield keeps the pace brisk and enjoyable. This is a fun musical. The performances by the cast are terrific. The song and dance numbers are truly superb throughout.

If there is one great reason to see You'll Never Get Rich, it's the incredible charm of stars Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth. Astaire is one of the greatest of all of Hollywood's dancers and his work in this film is as great as audiences came to expect from the master performer. Hayworth is a delight and she delivers a fun, sharp, and entertaining performance. The pair are great together and certainly make this a experience worth seeking out. 

The Blu-ray:

Video:

You'll Never Get Rich is presented on Blu-ray in the original 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. The 1080p MPEG-4 AVC encoded high definition presentation is remastered. This is a stunning restoration which looks absolutely lovely in HD. The crisp black and white cinematography certainly looks splendid with fine film grain intact and good detail.

Please Note:

This is a Region Free Blu-ray release. This is a Limited Edition release of 3,000.

Audio:

The audio is presented in 1.0 mono DTS-HD Master Audio. This preserves the original audio sound design. The mono presentation is excellent with good clarity. Dialogue is always easy to understand. The music sounds quite good. This is an excellent sounding presentation given the age of the source.

This release includes English SDH subtitles (for the deaf and hard of hearing).

Extras:

The release includes a booklet featuring an essay written by Twilight Time's Julie Kirgo.

On disc extras include:

Isolated music and effects track

Theatrical Trailer

Final Thoughts:

You'll Never Get Rich is a fun classic Hollywood musical. It has plenty of charm with its two leads, Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth. The film has some great musical numbers and a lot of entertaining dancing.  It's worth checking out for musical fans.

Twilight Time's  Blu-ray release features excellent PQ/AQ. Though the release is short on extras, it's still worth seeking out for fans of classic Hollywood musicals.
 
Recommended.


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