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  1. MN--more importantly her brother is Moochie/Toby Tyler, Kevin Corcoran--The Disney Boy Star. Now let's tap our troubles away! This Broadway musical has been done 3X on film during Hollywood's Golden Era. (The last time, they just kept the title, key numbers and had a re-worked plot.) It's a tap-tap happy musical with a memorable tune that every tap dancer had to dance to in dance school. Any takers?
  2. You're getting very good indeed. Fi, do you have a question for us?
  3. I just saw it--you must have too. Terrific cast with Fred Mac Murray, Allen Jenkins and Ralph Bellamy playing it straight. Fi, you're on--
  4. Astaire, Eleanor Powell and Kelly ordered the camera shots for all their starring dances. The director and cinematographer collaborated with them. Astaire is also credited with creating the Astaire Dolly--which could move on wheels and capture the dancer's whole body from a low angle. Well, of course he did his own choreography with assistants, like Hermes Pan.
  5. This patriotic wartime yarn was the starring debut of a beautiful 40's leading lady. Ironically it was also the featured debut of her future husband. However, her romantic interest in the movie was a legendary swashbuckling movie star.
  6. It's a take-off on a German film classic.
  7. You know, Miles, that Astaire did a tap number on the driving range. Maybe tap could improve your game. Gene Kelly grew up on roller skates--that's why he always wanted to use them in a movie. Don't know if Gene was the choreographer of record on Xanadu--but he had Olivia Newton-John dancing and rolling to the title tune. That wasn't hard since the movie took place in a roller rink. Just to keep you on your toes--tell the people about Astaire's golf number. Miles, some of his expertise might rub off on you! And don't forget the song, movie and composer.
  8. My Dear Miles-- There was a beautiful tap dancer named Sandman Sims, aka Howard Sims. He spent his whole performing life in a sandbox on the stage--a 3' square. You probably saw him in Gregory Hines' "Tap". I also saw him on the Cosby Show where he was the kids' tap instructor. You can also catch Sandman in "No Maps on My Taps", a filmed tribute to Black Tap Dancers. Miles, you still have the "Midas Touch"--
  9. Miles--I don't think too many people are tap fans, like us. We may be a "dying" breed. But before it's too late, I've got another one: Tap Dance is a part of Jazz Dance. One particular kind of jazz-tap dance doesn't use taps at all. The dancer wears tap shoes, sans taps, and dances on the surface of small, loose grains, often from quartz, (a granular substance) that is placed on the dance floor. One Tap Dancer was famous for eschewing taps and only dancing on the granular substance. Even Astaire performed this type of "tap" dance twice in 2 different movies. If you know all the answers, don't forget to gives the songs Astaire danced to with this granular substance. "Everybody Dance!"
  10. Thanx, Lavendar rose, you have it--by the way have you seen this weepy mess? Lav is up--
  11. This movie is awful, simply terrible. A drippy melodrama from the early 40's; not a musical but has some songs performed within the plot. Based on a short story by a writer famous for his New York characters and style. What makes this movie historic is the cast--virtually the entire cast became icons in the Golden Age of TV. Showing that even very talented artists have to find the right medium. The line-up is-- 1) This young actor became a pioneer TV producer of hour long westerns and formatted dectective dramas. 2) Appearing as a band leader, This performer produced, wrote and directed a long-running classic sitcom, which, of course, he also starred in. 3) This character actor was a highly respected radio, stage and movie actor, who became a staple in the Golden Age's most respected hour long drama about a professional man. The series ran for 9 years; unfortunately this actor died before its last 2 seasons. 4) This character actress had all the attributes of #3--in fact they were in a highly respected repertory company together. The only difference was on TV she was featured in a long-running sitcom for about 8 seasons. Of course the sitcom had a ground-breaking theme. 5) This character actress was forced into sterotypes in the movies, but her talent shined on. She was among the first artists of her race to star in a TV series. 6) This character actor had such diverse credits in TV's Golden Age, it's hard to categorize him. He had re-ocurring roles on 2 Golden Age sitcoms. And his background as a Disney voice put him in place to voice 2 Golden Age Cartoon Shows. He also played an important part in the iconic Omnibus program. 7) Last is the star of this woebegone movie. She became the Biggest star of TV's Golden Age. When you name the movie and the short story author--you can then list these top 7 TV legends who languished together in one bad movie.
  12. Elizabeth made her debut in Jane Eyre with Orson Welles.
  13. How's about a hint--"I love Lucy and she loves me."
  14. Miles--pick yourself up, dust yourself off & start all over again! Unfortunately you've brought up the unpleasant subject of Harriet Hoctor. She was the kind of "ballet" dancer you often saw in the 20's and 30's because we didn't have many authentic ballet instructors in America at that time. Lovely, though she was, her "specialty" was to contort her body into a horseshoe and kick herself in the head. Where was George Balanchine when you needed him? Ironically, Miss Hoctor performed her "Ballet" dance with Mr. Astaire in the Gershwins' "Shall We Dance" in 1937. The very next year, the Gershwins wrote The Goldwyn Follies, which starred the very beautiful Ballerina Vera Zorina, a real European-born ballet dancer from the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Miss Zorina had been trained by Olga Preobrajenska, one of the last teachers at the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre School. Miss Zorina's ballet was choreographed by Balanchine and they went on to marry and to continue artistic collaborations. (She is famously Mr. B's 3rd Ballerina Wife.) To finish your question--Harriet Hoctor danced in The Great Ziegfeld and she and Astaire danced to, I believe, "Shall We Dance". Well, that answer took me back to the ballet barre. But I may be ready for another kind of bar. Miles--who could ask for anything more? FYI--I'm going to leave Harriet's Ziegfeld dance number to you because the next question is--what Ocscar-Award winning number did the composers of that number write and what tap dancer was it associated with? Edited by: cujas on Aug 13, 2012 7:31 PM
  15. It's Harold Lloyd, but if it's not Cannes--I give up.
  16. Hi Miles!--You know I've enjoyed Patrick for years in both R & H movies. Thanx for telling me he was also that great dancer I used to watch on Hullabaloo. Miles--Shall We Dance?
  17. 8)--Top Hat featured Ginger Rogers' most famous and controversial costume--The powder blue feather creation that made Astaire see red when the features flew off during filming of the Cheek to Cheek dance. The result was one wonderful RKO seamtress had to sew each feather on by hand. Even so, you can see some on the dance floor.
  18. 6--why fish when you're so brillant?--Lorre is right, M is wrong.
  19. Muddy--not too many Asian-American tap dancers, aka jazz dancers appeared in the musicals, but one I loved was a stand-out. He appeared in 2 Rodgers & Hammerstein screen classics, danced in the 60's as a regular on a musical series, along with alot of other TV appearances through the 70's, including--would you believe--one on "Hawaiian Eye". Do you know who I'm talking about. Hint: he tapped and all that jazz.
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  24. 5) TV's greatest star, Lucille Ball, appears in Top Hat in one scene--but you can only see the side of her face and she only has 1 line.
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