The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199754298
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949878 | DOI:
The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

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With The Gay Divorcee, Pan begins a seven-year association with RKO that includes the choreography for every Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical through The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, though he wins the Academy Award for Best Choreography with the “Fun House” number from the non-Astaire-Rogers Damsel in Distress. Throughout his tenure at the studio, Pan also designed dances for non-musical films such as A Dog of Flanders, Stage Door where he worked with Ann Miller and Ginger Rogers, Becky Sharp, and a variety of Katharine Hepburn films including Mary of Scotland and Quality Street.

Keywords: The Gay Divorcee; RKO; Fred Astaire; Ginger Rogers; A Dog of Flanders; Stage Door; Ann Miller; Becky Sharp; Katharine Hepburn; Mary of Scotland

Chapter.  23741 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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