Clearly if Jack Cole excited Rita Hayworth, the feeling was mutual. The above beautiful, posed color still from Columbia Pictures’ marvelous wartime dance-filled musical, “Tonight and Every Night” (1945, chor: Jack Cole) captures “You Excite Me” — a wild rumba-rhythmed concoction Cole cooked for Hayworth. The photo features six of Rita’s dancing colleagues at Columbia Pictures.
“Tonight and Every Night” will be included in the full Jack Cole retrospective I am curtating at The Museum of Modern Art in New York starting January 20, 2016. Now you can get excited, too.
Photo: The Academy of Dance on Film, Larry Billman, founder, director