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Alexander's Ragtime Band

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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Performing arts, Music
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(Fox 1938). The first of a handful of nostalgic films utilizing the vast Irving Berlin song catalog, this musical

Alexander's Ragtime Band

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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Music
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Released in 1938, and one of the most entertaining musicals of the decade, this film celebrated the work of one

Alfred Newman

Alfred Newman  

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B. 17 March 1901, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, d. 17 February 1970, Hollywood, California, USA. An important figure in the history of film music, Newman was a composer, conductor, arranger ...
Alice Faye

Alice Faye  

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(1915–1998).Film and stage performer. The queen of 20th Century-Fox musicals in the late 1930s and 1940s, the shapely blonde's husky speaking voice and deep contralto singing voice were a ...
Darryl Zanuck

Darryl Zanuck  

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(1902–1979).Film producer and writer. The legendary movie mogul who was instrumental in the development of talkies, he managed two famous studios and then continued presenting films as an independent ...
Dixie Dunbar

Dixie Dunbar  

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(1919–1991).Film and stage performer. A perky, tap-dancing treat who was in both Broadway and Hollywood musicals as a youngster, she shone in a dozen screen musicals and then retired ...
Don Ameche

Don Ameche  

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(1908–1993).Stage, film, and television performer. The dapper, mustachioed leading man gave some fine performances on the New York stage but always had better luck in Hollywood. Ameche was born ...
Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman  

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(1909–84)American singer and actress. Born Ethel Zimmerman, the former stenographer was vaulted to fame in the Gershwins' Girl Crazy (1930), in which she introduced ‘I Got Rhythm’. With her ...
Grady Sutton

Grady Sutton  

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(1908–1995).Film and television performer. A paunchy character actor who was expert at playing dull-witted, rural hicks, he popped up in many film musicals from the 1930s through the 1960s. ...
Helen Westley

Helen Westley  

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(1875–1942).Stage and film performer. A very busy character actress with a severe pinched face that made her ideal for spinsters and villainesses, she had an active theatre career followed ...
Henry King

Henry King  

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(1892–1982).Film director. A much-demanded Hollywood director with over fifty films to his credit, he helmed all genres and made eight musicals. King was born in Christiansburg, Virginia, where he ...
Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin  

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1888–1989)US songwriter. He wrote more than fifteen hundred songs, many of which acquired worldwide familiarity. Bing Crosby's recording of his ‘White Christmas’ became the best-selling record of all ...
Jack Haley

Jack Haley  

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(1902–79), comic actor.Born in Boston, the wide‐eyed, eager comedian made his professional debut in vaudeville in the early 1920s when he teamed with Charlie Crafts as Crafts and Haley. ...
Ruth Terry

Ruth Terry  

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(1920– ).Film and television performer. An estimable song stylist, she was starred in a dozen Hollywood musicals but they were B pictures and she never became widely famous. Terry was ...
Seymour Felix

Seymour Felix  

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(1892–1961).Stage and film choreographer and director. A top Hollywood choreographer and sometime director, he also had his fair share of hits on Broadway in the 1920s. Felix was born ...
20th Century-Fox

20th Century-Fox  

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The film studio was formed in 1935 with a merger between the established Fox Film Corporation, going back to the nickelodeon days and incorporated in 1915, and the newly formed ...
Tyrone Power

Tyrone Power  

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(1913–1958).Film and stage performer. A popular matinee idol in various genres of film, the handsome nonsinging actor shone in leading roles in a handful of movie musicals. Power was ...

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