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Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

John Franceschina

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199754298
eISBN:
9780199949878
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

This book tells the story of a boy from Tennessee who, armed with only an 8th grade education, an inexhaustible imagination, and an innate talent for dancing becomes the most prolific and popular ... More


Red Robins, Bob Whites, and Bluebirds

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199754298
eISBN:
9780199949878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

After Hermes Pan completed work on Betty Grable’s Sweet Rosie O’Grady he was invited by Cole Porter to choreograph Mexican Hayride on Broadway but refused, preferring to continue his career on the ... More


Hollywood Horsemen and Horsewomen: Fred Astaire, Betty Grable, and the Further Adventures of Bing Crosby

Alan Shuback

in Hollywood at the Races: Film's Love Affair with the Turf

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780813178295
eISBN:
9780813178325
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813178295.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Among the Hollywood luminaries who found success as Thoroughbred owners were Fred Astaire, Betty Grable, and Bing Crosby. Astaire was more than smitten with the sport, having discovered the pleasures ... More


Broadway’s “Ranking Dancing Juvenile”

Brent Phillips

in Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780813147215
eISBN:
9780813151502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813147215.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, Walters stars in the long-running Rodgers and Hart musical, I Married an Angel; he maintains a friendship with co-star Audrey Christie and works with George Balanchine. Walters then ... More


People From Jolson to Justin in Eighty-Five Years

Richard Barrios

in Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199973842
eISBN:
9780199370115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973842.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

The chapter starts with an examination of the performers in musical films—the successes, surprises, and failures. It considers this from the ego of Al Jolson to the generous partnering of Fred ... More


The war hero

Gillian Kelly

in Tyrone Power: Gender, Genre and Image in Classical Hollywood Cinema

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474452946
eISBN:
9781474495264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474452946.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores Power’s work within the genre of the war film, which began around the time that Britain entered World War II. Even in war-themed films, elements that had made Power a ... More


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