Rita Hayworth to Jack Cole: You Excite Me

(Col, 1945) You Excite Me
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

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