RITA HAYWORTH / TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT (1945) Oversize portrait – 2


Vintage original 11 x 14″ (28 x 35 cm.) sepia tinted double weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Rita Hayworth, Lee Bowman, Janet Blair, Marc Platt, Leslie Brooks, dir: Victor Saville; Columbia. There are a few minor dings at corners and a pin whole at each of the four corners and pinhole at center top margin, near fine.

The title refers to a theatre troupe in London which never missed a performance during the duration of World War II. A LIFE magazine photographer visits from America to do a story on them.

With Jack Cole-choreographed dances, stupendous Technicolor art direction and cinematography (Academy Award-nominated Rudolph Mate, who often photographed Hayworth), costumes by Jean Louis and Marcel Vertes, this was the most spectacular musical Columbia produced for 1945. This film marked the first time that Rita Hayworth’s name appeared above the title. Rita became pregnant just as the film went into production and so all of the musical numbers were filmed before she showed (as was this portrait still).

In a sequined and ostrich feathered trimmed 1890s period English music hall style costume (by Jean Louis), Hayworth strikes a glamorous dance pose.

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