Pre-tax pleasure: ‘Starring George Chakiris’ April 14

wss-chakiris

WEST SIDE STORY (1961)

les-demoiselles-gc

THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (1967)

squadron-633-chakiris

633 SQUADRON (1964)

big-cube4

THE BIG CUBE (1967)

We’re fans and we’re friends. That’s why we are so pleased that Turner Classic Movies is showcasing the creative output of actor/dancer/singer George Chakiris, whose triple-threat talent and smoldering good looks were made for the movies. Though a huge teen heartthrob in the sixties, Chakiris was often cast as a dark figure, famously in WEST SIDE STORY (1961) but also as a scheming and philandering drug pusher, opposite no less than Lana Turner, in THE BIG CUBE (1967). His utter joy of dance is displayed in Jacques Demy’s candy-colored LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT (1967), undoubtedly France’s most distinguished contribution to the movie musical genre. And to quote a TCM viewer review of TCM’s final selection:

633 Squadron” is a fine movie but I don’t like the scary parts. I only like watching George Chakiris…”

‘Starring George Chakiris’ | Turner Classic Movies | April 14, starting at 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific

Leave a Reply