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It is the song "Happy Feet", which shares the same title as an animated film from 2006?  Bing Crosby sang this when he was still a part of a group called The Rhythm Boys (a group called The Sisters G. sang with them.)  The movie that Bing sang the song in was King of Jazz (1930). 

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Yes, that's correct.  "Happy Feet" was an animated movie about dancing penguins.  It was also the title of the song featured in this clip from "King Of Jazz", a very early technicolor revue with Paul Whiteman's orchestra.  Check out the man dancing.  His name is Al Norman.  He could probably teach the Princess of Tap a few steps.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BN5B607VE8 

 

Azure, you're up next.

 

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Thanks, Miles.

 

 

Next:  This 1940s musical was based on the life of a well-known dancer (who also happens to be the star of the film).  This dancer has been an inspiration for many dancers, including Sammy Davis Jr. and Ann Miller.  Please name the musical and the dancer.

 

Bonus points:  In this same 1940s musical, a well-known dancing duo practically stole the movie with a show-stopping dance number.  A popular singer and his band accompanied them as they danced.  Please name the dancing duo, the song that they danced to, and the singer whose orchestra accompanied them. 

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Bojangles is not just the King of TAP; he's the Godfather of all tap dancers. He starred in 1943 in Stormy Weather with Lena Horne, which was a thinly veiled account of his life.

 

The Nicholas Brothers stopped the show with the Jumpin Jive, which was sung and accompanied by Cab Calloway and his orchestra.

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Bojangles is not just the King of TAP; he's the Godfather of all tap dancers. He starred in 1943 in Stormy Weather with Lena Horne, which was a thinly veiled account of his life.

 

The Nicholas Brothers stopped the show with the Jumpin Jive, which was sung and accompanied by Cab Calloway and his orchestra.

 

Well done, Princess!  You got them all correct.  The thread's all yours.

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This tap dancing screen legend retired from movies in the 1940s.

 

Then this tap dancer made a fantastic come back starring in a Broadway musical several decades later.

 

 

We need the name of the tap dancer, the Broadway musical, and at least one movie that this tap dancer was famous for in the Golden Era.

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Could it be Ruby Keeler, who made a comeback in the Broadway revival of "No, No, Nanette"?  Her well known movies include "42nd Street", "Gold Diggers Of 1933", "Footlight Parade", "Dames", and "Ready, Willing, And Able"

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This sounds like  Eleanor Powell who retired to be the wife of Glenn Ford.

 

I cannot think of the Broadway musical.  I know she performed in nightclubs after her divorce.

She was in films like Born To Dance.

 

Is this the dancer you mean?

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How often does this happen at 1:30 in the morning?

 

Two terrific answers to my tap question.

 

Gpf-- everything you said was correct so it can't be Eleanor Powell because she didn't make a comeback in a Broadway musical. That's why you couldn't think of the Broadway musical cuz it didn't exist. However, you had a very good lead on it.

 

Miles, yes it's our favorite hoofer who never studied ballet, but she still put down the leather.

 

My favorite Ruby Keeler number is Shanghai Lil in Footlight Parade with James Cagney. These two dancers are perfectly matched. They learned to tap dance without formal training but they are marvelous.

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There was a well known tap dancer whose specialty was being able to tap dance to any kind of music.  He only appeared in a couple of movies.  In one of them, he danced with Ruby Keeler.  Can you name him and the movie that he made with Ruby?

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Yes, that's right, Azure.  His only other movie was "The Time Of Your Life" with James Cagney.  Here he is in a clip from "Colleen".

 

 

 

And earlier in the picture, Paul and Ruby dance at a fashion show that only Warner Bros. could put on.

 

 

 

Good work, Azure.  It's your thread now.

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