Fifteen Cents a Dance

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199754298
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949878 | DOI:
Fifteen Cents a Dance

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The Pan family moves to Hollywood where Hermes and Vasso discover that securing work in musical films is more difficult than they had imagined. Hermes acquires a variety of odd jobs before taking a position with Cushman’s Garden of Glorious Girls, a tab show, touring around the West Coast. He lands a choreographic assignment with the Nine O’Clock Revue that leads to his being hired at RKO as Dave Gould’s assistant on a film called Flying Down to Rio where he choreographs the “The Carioca” and begins his association with Fred Astaire whom he considers an artistic soul mate.

Keywords: Nine O’Clock Revue; Dave Gould; Flying Down to Rio; Fred Astaire; Hollywood; RKO; The Carioca

Chapter.  9919 words. 

Subjects: Dance

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