On Monday, September 10, 2012 Turner Classic Movies will dedicate an evening to the brilliant creativity of Jack Cole. The evening features four films choreographed by Cole — he himself dances in two of them. I co-host the September broadcast with TCM’s Robert Osborne.
Films on the slate:
- Tonight & Every Night (1945) – 8 pm ET, 5 pm PT
Full of dance; full of Rita Hayworth. Features the great Marc Platt and Cole himself dances. He jitterbugs!
- On the Riviera (1951) – 10 pm ET, 7 pm PT
Wonderful dance numbers, Gwen Verdon sparkles, and “Happy Ending” is a masterpiece.
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1952) – 11:45 pm ET, 8:45 pm PT
Jack Cole catapults Marilyn Monroe into the stratosphere with “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” — and Jane Russell’s no slouch either.
- Les Girls (1957) – 1:30 am ET, 10: 30 pm PT
Cole contributes dance sequences of Cukor-esque sophistication — and he choreographs for Gene Kelly.
Cole is #1 with a bullet around arts·meme. We call him Balanchine Junior.
For four years I have researched Jack Cole and written about him. I have thought deeply about this foremost American dance artist. He changed my life as a dance critic and now I get to honor him. I’m thrilled!
I just returned to Los Angeles from Atlanta where I taped the program. The footage is in the can now awaiting editing and broadcast!
Please stay tuned for further announcements … and don’t touch that dial!
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