Starring Rita Hayworth

Starring Rita Hayworth

15 Episodes

Dubbed “The Love Goddess” for her glamorous image and knockout screen presence, Rita Hayworth was the shining jewel in the crown of Columbia Pictures, the studio over which she reigned as undisputed queen throughout the 1940s. Trained as a dancer by her show-business family, Hayworth got her big Hollywood break with a small but memorable role in Howard Hawks’s ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS. Tapped for stardom by the studio, she went on to dazzle in charming musicals like YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER (opposite Fred Astaire, who called her his favorite dance partner) and COVER GIRL, as well as in stone-cold noir classics like GILDA and THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI. This selection of some of Hayworth’s most unforgettable films showcases the vitality, exuberance, and captivating allure that made her the very definition of a movie star.

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Starring Rita Hayworth
  • Starring Rita Hayworth Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Introducing Rita Hayworth

    Episode 2

    In the following introduction, recorded in 2020, film critic Farran Smith Nehme discusses the evolution of Rita Hayworth’s career and her effervescent screen presence.

  • Only Angels Have Wings

    Episode 3

    Directed by Howard Hawks • 1939 • United States
    Starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth

    Electrified by crackling dialogue and visual craftsmanship of the great Howard Hawks, ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS stars Jean Arthur as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for during a ...

  • Angels Over Broadway

    Episode 4

    Directed by Ben Hecht and Lee Garmes • 1940 • United States
    Starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell

    Acclaimed screenwriter Ben Hecht made one of his memorably offbeat forays into directing with this curious crime drama, stylishly photographed by codirector Lee Garmes. In ...

  • The Strawberry Blonde

    Episode 5

    Directed by Raoul Walsh • 1941 • United States
    Starring James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Rita Hayworth

    This delightful, turn-of-the-century-set slice of Americana stars James Cagney as Biff Grimes, a hot-headed knickerbocker in naughty nineties New York whose love for flirtatious society girl ...

  • You'll Never Get Rich

    Episode 6

    Directed by Sidney Lanfield • 1941 • United States
    Starring Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Robert Benchley

    The first of two films Rita Hayworth made with Fred Astaire—who famously called her his favorite dance partner—casts the pair as a Broadway dance team whose partnership is threatened when he’...

  • You Were Never Lovelier

    Episode 7

    Directed by William A. Seiter • 1942 • United States
    Starring Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire, Adolphe Menjou

    Rita Hayworth hit the dance floor with Fred Astaire for the second time in this romantic musical confection. The Acunas, a rich Argentine family, have a tradition that decrees their four dau...

  • Cover Girl

    Episode 8

    Directed by Charles Vidor • 1944 • United States
    Starring Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Phil Silvers

    Rita Hayworth confirmed her status as one of the greatest stars of the 1940s with her sensational turn in this classic musical. She stars as Rusty Parker, a chorus girl whose real ambition is to be ...

  • Gilda
    Episode 9


    Episode 9

    Directed by Charles Vidor • 1946 • United States
    Starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready

    “Gilda, are you decent?” Rita Hayworth tosses her hair back and slyly responds, “Me?” in one of the great star entrances in movie history. GILDA, directed by Charles Vidor, features a sultry Hayw...

  • The Lady From Shanghai

    Episode 10

    Directed by Orson Welles • 1947 • United States
    Starring Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane

    Orson Welles’s puzzle-box noir scrambles the conventions of the genre to create a triumph of Hollywood surrealism. The director stars as an unwitting Irish sailor who finds himself drawn into a w...

  • Down to Earth

    Episode 11

    Directed by Alexander Hall • 1947 • United States
    Starring Rita Hayworth, Larry Parks, Marc Platt

    The divine Rita Hayworth was handed a role she was born to play—an actual goddess—in this frothy musical confection. A quasi-sequel to the classic fantasy HERE COMES MR. JORDAN, DOWN TO EARTH stars ...

  • Affair in Trinidad

    Episode 12

    Directed by Vincent Sherman • 1952 • United States
    Starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourby

    Having established herself as a femme fatale for the ages in GILDA, Rita Hayworth was reunited with costar Glenn Ford for this sultry tropical noir, which went on to become an even bigger box...

  • Salome
    Episode 13


    Episode 13

    Directed by William Dieterle • 1953 • United States
    Starring Rita Hayworth, Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton

    Rita Hayworth is ravishing in Technicolor in this gloriously indulgent biblical superspectacle, which takes more than a few liberties with the traditional story. She stars as the Old Tes...

  • Pal Joey
    Episode 14

    Pal Joey

    Episode 14

    Directed by George Sidney • 1957 • United States
    Starring Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak

    This frothy adaptation of the hit musical by John O’Hara, Richard Rodgers, and Lorenz Hart stars Frank Sinatra as Joey Evans, a talented but egotistical nightclub singer with a penchant for breaking...

  • Separate Tables

    Episode 15

    Directed by Delbert Mann • 1958 • United States
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Rita Hayworth, David Niven

    An all-star cast—including David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, and Wendy Hiller—converges at an English seaside hotel where messy personal dramas and tangled love lives are gra...