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Eric Blore

(1887—1959) actor and theatrical sketch writer

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Bing Boys Are Here

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

This was the first in a series of tremendously popular revues that played continuously at the Alhambra Theatre in London during the last two years of World War I. They ...

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Claire Luce

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B. 15 October 1903, near Syracuse, New York, USA, d. 31 August 1989, New York City, New York, USA. Luce was born on board a train that was passing through ...

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Folies Bergere De Paris

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From the moment when the opening titles fade and Maurice Chevalier, complete with familiar straw boater, launches into the jaunty ‘Valentine’ (Herbert Reynolds-Henri Christine), all sense...

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Gay Divorce

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

Opening at New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre on 29 November 1932, this show was Fred Astaire’s first stage musical without his sister, Adele (she retired after The Band Wagon in ...

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Happy Go Lucky

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(Republic 1943). A good example of a small-scale, unpretentious 1940s musical, this one had all the elements delightfully in place. In the screenplay by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama, and...

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I Dream Too Much

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(RKO 1935). A musical melodrama about the opera world, the film was Metropolitan Opera diva Lily Pons' first and best film, proving that the diminutive star could act as well ...

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Irene Delroy

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B. 1898, Bloomington, Illinois, USA, d. unknown date and location, USA. In the 20s Delroy appeared in revues including, on Broadway, Frivolities Of 1920, Greenwich Village Follies (1923 and...

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Joan Blondell

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(1909–1979).

Film, stage, and television performer. The wide-eyed, blonde character actress of over eighty films, she was the perennial wisecracking dame in several memorable movie...

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Joe E. Brown

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B. Joseph Evans Brown, 28 July 1892, Holgate, Ohio, USA, d. 6 July 1973, Brentwood, California, USA. From early childhood Brown was a circus performer, then played baseball...

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Joy of Living

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre.

(RKO 1938). A screwball comedy with music, the film suffered from a weak plot but was saved by a strong score and fine performances. Broadway star Maggie Garret (Irene Dunne) ...

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