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From Broadway to Hollywood

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Since the early talkies, Hollywood has been getting its talent from "The Great White Way". And not just talent but shows as well.

 

For example, This Broadway Song & Dance Man scored many triumphs on stage in the '20's and '30's. He also starred in several plays.

 

But when he came to Hollywood, he wasn't singing and dancing Cole Porter. He became a big star in eccentric parts for eccentric, erudite gentlemen of ascerbic wit and sophistication.

 

Caveat: He was more of a ladies' escort, than a ladies man.

 

Name the Broadway star who became a Hollywood Movie Star--

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Two of Hollywood's Friendly Rivals were "discovered" in the same role, in the same year, 1930--one on Broadway and one in San Francisco. They went on to co-star in several films in the 30's. Who were they and for the bonus, what was the role?

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This takes me back about 30 yrs--

 

Killer Mears--"The Last Mile"

 

Spencer Tracy struck gold on Broadway in the part--

 

Clark Gable played it in San Francisco.

 

I really had to go back for that one--

 

Thank-you, Tracy!

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This actor supported great dancers in musical comedy.

 

On Broadway he supported two of the greatest dancers in Broadway History; one was female, the other was male..

 

He appeared with one dancer in a musical before WWII and with the other in a musical after WWII.

 

This supporting actor then followed the pre-WWII Broadway dancing star to Hollywood and supported that dancer in the movies.

 

Legend has it, this was the greatest dancing Movie Star in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

 

 

Name the Supporting Actor, the two dancers he worked with and their respective Broadway shows.

 

For the Hollywood part, name at least 1 movie for the Supporting Actor and the Dancing Movie Star.

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Hint: Male Dancer appeared on Broadway and in the Movies.

Female Dancer appeared in 1 Movie musical, but in many Broadway musicals.

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More Hints--Male Dancer was a Big Movie Star. He started on Broadway. He took the supporting actor with him from the Broadway version of the musical to the Movie version of the musical.

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The famous dancer took the supporting actor from Broadway with him--in Hollywood the Cole Porter's Broadway musical was revamped to include numbers by others composers. But the main Porter hit remained.

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The Famous Broadway Female dancer was supported by this actor also. Cole Porter wrote the music. But when this Porter show was made into a movie neither were asked to appear. The dancer was replaced by a newcomer named Juliet Prowse.

 

To review:

 

One great supporting actor appeared with 2 Famous Dancing Stars on Broadway in 2 Cole Porter Shows.

 

1st one, a man, became a Dancing Movie Star and took the supporting actor to Hollywood to act in the movie version of the show.

 

2nd one, a woman, never became a movie star, but was the Top Dancing Star on Broadway.

 

Name--The Supporting Actor, the two dancers, and the 2 shows--both by Cole Porter.

 

Edited by: cujas on Oct 9, 2010 5:13 PM

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I finally got it from the Juliet Prowse clue. You are going for Erik Rhodes, Fred Astaire, and Gwen Verdon. I would have gotten it several days ago, but you said that the female dancer appeared in one movie musical. That would probably be "Damn Yankees", but she actually appeared in several movie musicals doing specialty dances, so I dismissed her at first. Erik Rhodes, as well as Eric Blore were both in the cast with Fred Astaire in the Broadway show "The Gay Divorce". All three of them were in the Hollywood adaptation "The Gay Divorcee". The only song retained for the movie was Porter's "Night and Day". Erik Rhodes played Tonetti, "rhymes with spaghetti". In "Can-Can" in 1953,he was in the Broadway production with Gwen Verdon. Her role of Claudine was played by Juliet Prowse in the 1960 movie. If you look up Gwen Verdon's filmography on IMDB, you will find that one of those specialty dances she did in a movie was as a can-can dancer. Seems a bit ironic, doesn't it? Erik Rhodes was also in the movie "Top Hat" with Fred Astaire, where he played essentially the same role.

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And don't forget Beddini in *Top Hat*--Rhodes played a dress designer who famously said--

"Never again will I allow women to wear my dresses!"

 

Gwen did a can-can with Gene Kelly's wife, Jeanne Coyne, in *The Merry Widow*, starring Lana Turner. I don't believe either got any real billing. What I meant was a starring or co-starring role of merit, like *Damn Yankees*.

 

Miles, I think you covered all the bases. Maybe this one had too many variables--but I simply loved the fact that Erik Rhodes was with Astaire and Verdon. He was truly a treasure.

 

Miles, "After You Who?", else could I count on to get me out of this one?

 

Many thanx, and all yours!

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Thanks again, cujas. Seeing Betty Hutton in "The Perils Of Pauline" reminded me of the story of when Betty was a young performer in a Broadway show, the leading lady thought Betty was getting a little too much attention. She used her considerable clout to get one of Betty's big songs cut from the show. Years later, Betty got some semblance of revenge. Through a quirk of fate, Betty got to star in a movie version of a Broadway show that the other woman had starred in. Who was the other woman and what were the two Broadway shows I'm referring to?

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Correct again, sixes. MGM bought the film rights to "Annie Get Your Gun" and started filming with Judy Garland starring, but Judy was chronically ill or late, so she was let go and replaced by Betty Hutton. Neither Ethel Merman nor Betty Hutton was in the movie version of "Panama Hattie". Their Broadway roles went to Ann Sothern and Virginia O'Brien for the movie. Your turn, Mr. Sixes.

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Let's stay with Miss Zimmerman, or better yet her composer Cole Porter.

 

When Cole Porter's "Leave It To Me" was cast on Broadway, the new big discovery was Mary Martin.

 

But who could have known that one of the chorus boys would become one of the biggest Movie Stars of the '40's and the 50's.

 

He went from Broadway to Hollywood--

 

He is__________________.

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This great musical opened on Broadway in May, 1955 and ran for over a thousand performances. The villain was played by a relative unknown at that time. He won a Tony Award for the role, played it in the film version, and later became better known for his role in a TV series...The original Broadway character was later played by various well-known actors, including Vincent Price, Jerry Lewis, and Van Johnson during his dinner theater years....Questions: (1) What is the title of the Broadway play ? (2) What was the role? (3) Who originated the role in Broadway ? (4) For which TV series did he become more famous ?...

 

Edited by: mudskipper on Oct 16, 2010 8:45 PM

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This star, who became one of Broadway's biggest, introduced a song by one of our best-known composers in her very first major Broadway role (in the '30s), which made her a star. The song became one of her signature songs. She later reprised the song in a '40s film, in which she only made a brief appearance. Actress? Song? Broadway show? Film?

 

Edited by: finance on Oct 18, 2010 10:41 AM

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The actress was Mary Martin, the song was "My Heart Belongs To Daddy", the Broadway show was "Leave It To Me", and the movie was "Night And Day".

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